A protective order allows you some legal recourse against someone who is abusing you or threatening to abuse you. According to The People’s Law Library of Maryland, you can receive this type of order from the District Court Commissioner’s office.
Be aware that these offices are always open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
Must show abuse
You must show you are a victim of abuse, which includes physical assaults but also intimidation, kidnapping, threats and stalking. You do have to be in fear of physical harm. If someone harasses you but does not pose physical harm, then that does not qualify you for an order.
Must prove relationship
Protective orders are for those with a close relationship to the accused. You must be the spouse, former spouse, romantic partner or former romantic partner of the person. You may also qualify if you have a blood relationship with the person or a relationship by marriage and have lived with him or her for at least 90 days in the last year. Finally, if you qualify as a vulnerable adult, then you may request a protection order. Some relationships may require having lived with the person in the last year or having a child with the person.
Must submit petition
You will have to fill out paperwork to request the order. You also must speak with a Commissioner and explain your side of the situation and why you feel you need protection. You will receive an interim or temporary protection order initially. This order will be effective until you go to court for your hearing, even if the expiration date passes.