Legal Options

General Legal Options Articles

The law and history of interspousal immunity in Maryland.
This article provides an overview of how the Peace Order and Protective Order differ from one another.
This section further describes how the Maryland law defines the type of people eligible for legal protection.
This article describes the federal crimes that pertain to domestic violence.
In 1994, Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) directing jurisdictions to give full faith and credit to valid orders of protection issued by other jurisdictions.
This article provides an overview of Extreme Risk Protective Orders (ERPO). An ERPO is a court order that temporarily requires a person to surrender any firearms or ammunition to law enforcement and not purchase or possess firearms or ammunition.
This article describes the options for criminal charges a victim may wish to pursue against an abuser.
The Peace Order is a form of legal protection for anyone who is experiencing problems with an individual, including someone in a dating relationship, a neighbor, a stranger, or anyone else.
You may seek protection by use of a "Petition for Forcible Entry and Detainer" to evict an abuser from a dwelling when that person has no legal right to be living there.
These are the questions that you should be prepared to answer when you have your final protective order hearing.
There is a two or three-step process that you must follow to get a domestic violence Protection Order against your abuser.
This article addresses frequently asked question for protective orders.
Under certain circumstances, the Petitioner or the Respondent may file a written request to shield (that is, to remove from public view) the court records relating to a Protective Order or a Peace Order.
Laws give victims of domestic violence in rental housing added protections.
Court records are generally open and accessible to the public. This article provides information on how to seal or shield your case records from public view.
This article lists the causes of actions in civil court that a victim may bring against an abuser.
Maryland Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) Service and all Maryland courts that have implemented the Maryland Electronic Filing and Case Management (MDEC) system provide crime victims, victim advocates, and other concerned citizens free offender information and hearing notification.
This table lists what a judge may order at each stage of a domestic violence case.
All law enforcement entities in Maryland also provide extensive training and guidelines on domestic violence.
This article outlines a number of tips for working with an attorney when you have been abused.