Sometimes called restraining orders, protective orders are court-certified documents prohibiting the person named from approaching or contacting the person who sought the order, the petitioner. A protective order differs from a peace order: Protective orders involve two parties in a domestic relationship, and peace orders involve non-domestic relationships. The existence of a protective order in itself is not a criminal charge, because it is a civil law matter. However, violation of a protective order can lead to criminal charges. Those prohibited from contacting or approaching a person named in the protective order are subject to fines and jail, depending on the nature of the offense and the original criminal charges.
As an experienced criminal defense attorney in Baltimore, my law firm, The Law Office of Mark G. Scheuerman, LLC, has handled many cases involving protective orders. If you’ve been hit with a protective order and feel the petitioner used it as a means of retaliation or to tarnish your name, you need to build a solid defense. While a protective order doesn’t go on your criminal record, it still can have very unpleasant consequences. Those who have been served a protective order are forced to vacate a residence shared with the accuser and often lose custody of their children if they do not challenge the protective order.
Contact me, Baltimore Criminal Defense Lawyer Mark G. Scheuerman, today. Reach out online or call (410) 630-4274 to schedule a free case evaluation.
Working with a Baltimore criminal defense lawyer can help you properly prepare for any pending criminal charges. It is in your best interest to take steps to protect your name and legal rights. As an experienced defense attorney, I can help you make decisions about how to proceed in your case involving a protective order. I have also helped clients accused of violating a protective order.
Have you been named in a protective order in Maryland? Contact me at The Law Office of Mark G. Scheuerman, LLC today at (410) 630-4274.