A home is supposed to be a refuge, but sadly many people suffer violence, threats, or abuse at the hands of a family member or neighbor. Our lawyers can help victims of domestic violence and other harassment obtain a protective order that can provide legal protection from further assaults and abuse.
If you or a family member has been the victim of threats or violence, the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA, can help you obtain the protection of the law. Call 410-766-0113 for a free initial consultation our experienced Glen Burnie protective order lawyers. We represent clients throughout Maryland.
An argument can quickly spiral out of control and lead to violence. If you find yourself in this situation, you need to take action to protect yourself and your family.
In Maryland, there are two types of orders:
There are three levels of protective orders — interim, temporary, and final. In a case of domestic violence that occurs when the courts are closed, the victim can go to the court commissioner in any county in Maryland to obtain an interim order, which can be obtained by the victim without the knowledge of the other party and without the help of a lawyer. In those situations, a hearing for a temporary order is usually heard by the court within 48 hours.
If the court then grants a temporary order, a hearing for a final order is usually scheduled within 7 days. At this hearing, the alleged abuser can offer a defense, and it is advisable that either party be represented by a lawyer. A final protective order is valid for up to a year, and can be renewed. A final protective order can also award temporary custody of a child for up to one year, and order the respondent or alleged abuser to make financial payments (emergency family maintenance). At that time, the person at whom the order is directed can ask the court for a modification in the terms of the order.
When it comes to domestic violence or abuse, you should not take risks with either your safety or the safety of your family. The Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink can inform you how to obtain a temporary or interim protective or peace order, and can represent you at the hearing for the final order. We know that there are often urgent situations in family law matters, so we have a live answering service that will page us 24/7, 365 days a year. We make ourselves accessible to you, at our offices in Glen Burnie and Columbia, beginning with a free case evaluation. Please call 410-766-0113 to learn more, or send us an email.
7310 Ritchie Highway, Suite 910
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
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10440 Little Patuxent Parkway,
Columbia, MD 21044