Experienced Protective Order Attorney
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 800-266-8151 for a free initial consultation our experienced attorneys. We represent clients throughout Maryland.
What Are Protective Orders?
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:
Protective order — for persons seeking protection from their husband or wife, someone with whom they have a child in common, or someone with whom they have lived for at least the last 90 days.
- Peace order — for persons seeking protection from a neighbor, acquaintance, or stranger
Understanding the Process
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.
Take Action to Protect Yourself and Your Family
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 800-266-8151 to learn more, or send us an email.