If you need protection from an abusive acquaintance or family member, or if you've been served with a temporary protective order in Carroll County, our attorney is here for you. Our lawyer has experience representing both petitioners and respondents of protective orders, so you can rely on us to navigate the often-confusing process of obtaining or defending a protective order. These orders have a quick turnaround with the court which is typically about a week. If you are going to file for one or were served one, you need to reach out to a trusted attorney in Carroll County.
It is important to understand the differences between the orders that Maryland law makes available for relief. Protective orders are generally for people with familial or blood relationships, or intimate relationships. Peace orders are for anyone who does not fit into one of the categories of people eligible for protective orders. Peace and protective orders differ in the grounds for relief, and in the potential types of relief that can be granted. This area of law is based on a series of complicated, interconnected statutes. No matter which side you are on, it is important to have a knowledgeable and experienced attorney standing up for you.
There are two main ways of proceeding with a peace or protective order. The respondent can either consent to an order, with agreed-upon terms, or the respondent can request a trial. If the respondent consents to an order, there is no legal finding of abuse made by the judge. If the respondent opts for a trial, and the judge determines that an order is warranted, there will be a legal finding of abuse. For trial purposes, both peace and protective orders are decided on a preponderance of evidence standard. That means that the petitioner must show that it is more likely than not that the type of abuse alleged has occurred. This is a significantly lower threshold than the beyond a reasonable doubt standard that most people are familiar with. Our attorney can help you to either reach an agreement with the other party, or represent you in a trial.
Violating a peace or protective order has criminal consequences, and can lead to jail time. It is important to understand the terms of the order fully, so that you don't put yourself at risk of violating them. If you have been charged with violating a peace or protective order, contact our office for a free consultation.
Peace and protective order can be modified, rescinded, or shielding in some cases. If you are interested in these processes, you can reach out to our lawyer in Maryland, for legal guidance.
Whether you are seeking relief from abuse or someone is alleging that you committed an act of abuse against them, the attorney with the McFadden Law Offices is here to represent you every step of the away. Don't make the mistake of going to court alone. Set up a free consultation today. We proudly serve clients in Westminster, Maryland and communities throughout Carroll County and surrounding counties.
Contact us today when you want to obtain a protective order for you and your family. Our law firm proudly represents clients in Westminster and the surrounding areas.