Maryland Attorneys For Orders Of Protection
If you are served with a Temporary Order of Protection, this means that someone you know filed a petition with the court accusing you of violent or harassing behavior. A judge who handles protective orders likely granted this order because the alleged victim is in immediate danger of harm.
Cease And Desist
As a result, the court has ordered you to cease all contact with this person. A week after a temporary order is issued, a final protective hearing is scheduled to determine if the order should be permanent. So, if a judge decides to issue a permanent order, it can stay in place for up to one year.
Skilled Criminal Defense
To have the best chance at preventing a permanent order from going into effect, quickly seek the representation of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. In fact, the Avid Law Firm provides aggressive defense for individuals
facing temporary and final protective orders in Bethesda and throughout Montgomery County.
There’s only a small window of time to prepare a defense. Call us as soon as possible to set up a an initial consultation.
Domestic violence cases can be a “he said/she said” situation. We make sure your side of the story is heard. It’s not uncommon for
people to misuse protective orders. In fact, some people use them to gain the upper hand or seek revenge in a divorce, custody
battle, or other domestic matter.
In addition to a permanent protective order, criminal charges may be brought against you for the underlying allegation. These criminal
charges include domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or kidnapping.
Criminal defense attorney Prince Williams can represent you in the final protection hearing and protect you from the consequences
that result from false or exaggerated accusations.
In the interim, the most important thing you can do is adhere to the terms of the protective order. So, read it carefully.
- DO NOT contact the petitioner to ask what this is all about or why they are doing this
- DON’T ask someone who knows the person to communicate a message for you or ask about the order
on your behalf.
- DO NOT send the petitioner an apology or explanation.
Additionally, violating the order in any way can result in up to 90 days in jail and/or paying a $1,000 fine.
Consequences of a Final Protective Orders
A permanent protective order is personally devastating and has far-reaching implications for every aspect of your life. Therefore, the
order can demand that you:
- refrain from contacting and/or abusing or threatening to abuse alleged victim
- stay away from the alleged victim’s residence, place of employment, or school
- vacate the home if you live with the alleged victim
- attend family violence counseling
- surrender firearms
- pay for alleged victims living expenses
- relinquish custody or visitation rights of your children
What Happens at Final Protection Hearing?
According to Maryland law, in order for a judge to file a final protection order, they must find “clear and convincing evidence” that
you committed, and are likely to commit, a prohibited act (domestic violence, assault, threats, harassment, stalking)
in the future.