YOU WILL NOT BE ALONE
I represent individuals who seek to escape from the threat of domestic violence. If you are in a relationship with someone who has abused you and/or your children, I may be able to help you obtain a restraining order that compels your partner to stay away from your home, your place of work, your family members, your children’s school and your car. The court may also order the abuser not to transfer or remove property from you, and may prohibit them from communicating with you either directly or indirectly, including mail, email, or text messaging. In addition, the abuser is commonly ordered to pay emergency family maintenance (mortgage and utility bills are the most common).
Two new laws have just been passed by the Maryland legislature (April, 2009) which gives judges the option of removing firearms from people issued seven-day temporary protective orders after being accused of threatening violence and requires that judges order the confiscation of guns from those who are issued final protective orders.
You must act quickly when applying for a restraining order, since the court will consider how long ago the abuse took place, and whether you or your family members are in immediate danger. I know all too well how difficult it may be for you to seek a restraining order against someone you are close to, but you will not be alone. I will handle your unique situation with speed and sensitivity.
Domestic violence is a problem that affects every community across the country. It crosses all races, social and economic backgrounds, cultures, religions and relationship types. Domestic violence is not a private matter, a couples problem, a domestic squabble or a fight. It is not a momentary loss of temper or the abuse of alcohol and drugs. And it is not your fault. Violence is a choice the abuser makes.
If you are considering applying for a restraining order in any County in Maryland, please contact me at (301)785-3489, or complete my online contact form to arrange a consultation to discuss your legal options. Please see my blog for more information on Domestic Violence, as well as the voluminous sites available on the internet.