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The Guidance You Need In A Protective Order Case

Maryland protective orders are technically civil cases. But this does not mean that it will not have a negative and lasting impact on your life. Attorney Audrey A. Creighton has extensive experience in the courts as a prosecutor, public defender, judge and now seasoned defense attorney. She understands the full scope and effects of these orders.
Many factors can affect the best way to respond to a protective or peace order. Attorney Creighton will assess your specific case and history and guide you so that your freedoms and future are best preserved and protected.

An Attorney Who Will Fight For Your Rights

If you are accused of abuse, assault, harassment or stalking, trespassing, or malicious destruction of property, you need an attorney who will seek out the full story. This is especially true in cases where an order was filed as payback or to intimidate you. You need an ally who understands both how the system works and the very real obstacles an order presents to your freedom. Attorney Creighton understands the importance of keeping your rights and freedoms.

Understanding What Is At Stake

If an interim, temporary or final protective order is granted, many aspects of your life will be negatively affected. These include your:

    • Child visitation rights
    • Emergency maintenance (alimony) payments
    • Use of jointly held vehicles

A judge may also order you to do certain things such as:

    • Get counseling
    • Surrender your firearms even if they are required for your job
    • Pay all court fees or other assessed fees or costs

Even though a protective order is a civil law issue and not a criminal charge, it can affect your professional licensing, your ability to get or keep a job, your lease, and your ability to live in your house and see your children.

Since Protective and Peace Orders are not criminal cases, they cannot be expunged. Rather they may be “shielded.” There are certain steps that you may take in a Protective or Peace Order case to have the court shield the record from public view and the internet. Shielding is extremely important. Ms. Creighton will be happy to explain shielding to you.

A violation of a Protective or Peace Order is a criminal offense for which there can be serious consequences including jail. It is very important that you have an experienced attorney helping you navigate this sensitive high-stakes situation.

Take The Next Step To Protect Your Future

Enlist the help of an attorney who understands how a Maryland protective order or peace order can limit your personal, professional and future life. Work with proven Maryland criminal defense lawyer Audrey A. Creighton.

To arrange a consultation to talk about how she can help you, call Attorney Audrey A. Creighton at 240-551-9774. You can also contact the firm online.