Protective Orders & Domestic Violence
Information About Protective Orders in Maryland and DC
Protective orders are binding legal documents intended to protect individuals
who are victims of domestic violence. Under the law, domestic violence
does not just occur between a husband and a wife. Protective orders are
available in cases involving violence between a parent and child, a boyfriend
and girlfriend, and in other cases of family violence.
If you are concerned about your safety due to threats or actual assaults
from a family member, or loved one
contact a family law attorney immediately — take action to protect your
safety and the safety of your children.
The Law Offices of Lloyd A. Malech ∙ Serving Maryland and DC
From our offices in Bethesda,
The Law Offices of Lloyd A. Malech offers legal help with protective orders to individuals of all of Maryland
and the greater Washington, DC metro area.
Attorney Lloyd A. Malech is a seasoned an aggressive lawyer with 20+ years of experience using
all legal means available to protect his clients from domestic violence.
Protective Orders and Restraining Orders: The Basic Process
If your spouse, domestic partner, or other family member has threatened
or assaulted you, you may go to court immediately and get a short-term
protective order (these are also called ex parte orders). You are not
required to give notice to your partner before you get the short-term order.
After the short-term protective order is issued, it must be served on the
defendant, who is entitled to a full hearing. At the hearing, witnesses
will present testimony so a judge can decide whether an incident of domestic
violence did in fact take place. If the judge believes that you —
or your children — are under a legitimate threat of violence from
a family member, the judge may issue a long-term protective order, also
called a stay-away order.
The stay-away order can require the defendant to move out of the house
and to stay away from your home, your workplace, your children, and your
children's school. Protective orders are usually valid for one year
and may be renewed.
If the subject of the stay-away order violates the protective order, it
becomes a criminal matter with consequences that could include fines,
probation, or jail time.
Get Speedy Legal Assistance With Restraining Orders
Time is of the essence when dealing with family violence. At The Law Offices
of Lloyd A. Malech, we return telephone calls and e-mails promptly and
provide efficient help filing for protective orders.
To make an appointment, call 301.913.9119 or 202.441.2107, or
send us an e-mail.