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Criminal Defense/Protective OrdersDomestic Violence Lawyer And Protective Order Lawyer And Peace Order Lawyer

Domestic violence is a crime in Maryland usually charged as assault

Bowie-Annapolis domestic violence, criminal defense lawyer, Maria Patterson, handles criminal domestic violence matters in Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles, and Howard Counties. Typically, the elements necessary to prove the crime of assault are sufficient to obtain a Protective Order or a Peace Order against the abuser.

Judges Can Be Skeptical Of Protective Order Filings If The Parties Are Going Through A Separation And/Or Divorce.Protective Orders are not to be used as a tool to manipulate or fast track divorce proceedings.

Abuse includes any of the following acts:

  • An act that inflicts serious bodily harm
  • An act that places a person in fear of imminent serious bodily harm;
  • Assault;
  • Rape, attempted rape, certain designated sexual offenses and the attempt of such a sexual offense;
  • False imprisonment;
  • Stalking

Family law matters are often vigorously contested and charges of assault and similar criminal charges are often leveled while divorce proceedings are pending. Bowie-Annapolis domestic violence lawyer, Maria Patterson, is experienced at handling criminal matters with their genesis in family disputes. She has worked closely with family law lawyers to minimize the impact of criminal charges on pending divorce and child custody matters. Please call Annapolis and Bowie domestic violence lawyer, Maria Patterson, at 301-888-4878 or 410.MEDIATE to schedule a meeting with her at the Annapolis or Bowie offices of Patterson Law.


Peace orders can be obtained for up to 6 (six) months and the event giving rise to the peace order must have occurred within the last 30 days from the filing date.The second requirement for a Peace Order is that the alleged actions are likely to continue to occur. If someone is moving, this element is not met.

The Bowie-Annapolis domestic violence lawyers at Patterson Law serve clients in Prince George’s, Montgomery, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, Howard, Anne Arundel, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties. Our clients are from Silver Spring, Forestville, Suitland, College Park, Waldorf, Oxon Hill, Upper Marlboro, Bowie, Olney, Prince Frederick, Brandywine, Leonardtown, Mayo, Annapolis, Lexington Park, Columbia, Mayo, Davidsonville, Edgewater, Rockville, Bethesda, Solomons, Huntingtown, Chevy Chase, Owings, Germantown, Oxon Hill, Beltsville, Deale, Severna Park, Largo, Crofton, Columbia and La Plata.

Maria Patterson represented me in a criminal defense, domestic matter… she not only approached my case with tact and professionalism, but she proved herself to be a subject matter expert as well.

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In recognition of Maria’s preparation, persistence and personality, the false claims were dropped and the case against me was dismissed!!

Domestic Violence Client

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