Upcoming Changes In Maryland Domestic Violence Laws

Maryland domestic violence laws are changing.  Earlier this year, Governor O’Malley signed into law several changes to Maryland’s protective order statutes, which are set to go into effect on October 1, 2014.  Perhaps the biggest change is the lowering of the burden of proof for final protective and peace orders from “clear and convincing evidence,” to a preponderance of the evidence.” The change brings Maryland’s standard for victims of domestic violence in line with most of the rest of the States. The offenses for which one may seek a protective orders was also expanded to include second degree assault.

Both victims of domestic violence and respondents in a protective order proceedings may need counsel to represent them.

Source:  Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence