Violation of Protective Orders in Maryland

The Potential Consequences of Violating the Terms of a Restraining Order

Violation of Protective Orders in MarylandIn Maryland, protective orders can be put in place for many reasons, often in connection with allegations or findings of domestic violence or abuse. Any violation of the terms of a protective order can be considered contempt of court, and can subject you to an arrest warrant. Typically, when a person has acted contrary to the terms of a protective order, the person being protected has the right to call law enforcement officers, who will typically investigate. If there’s probable cause to believe that the order has been violated, the offender may be arrested, and could face fines and/or jail time.

There may, however, be additional consequences for such actions. If you are a party to a divorce proceeding or are a non-custodial parent, you may face sanctions, such as limitation of visitation.

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Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has more than three decades of experience successfully protecting the rights of DWI/DUI defendants across the Baltimore metro area and the state of Maryland. He has been awarded an AV-rating (the highest rating possible) under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System by fellow members of the Maryland bar for more than 34 years. He has been listed among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland listed by Super Lawyers as well as a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine. He has also earned Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, awarded to less than 4% of all attorneys listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s directory.

Over the past 30+ years, attorney Smith has successfully handled the defense of a wide range of criminal charges, including cases involving prosecution for domestic violence. He will aggressively protect your constitutional rights and fully investigate your case to determine whether police and prosecutors follow proper procedures when gathering evidence. He’ll carefully interview all potential witnesses, so that he can prepare and present the most compelling arguments in your defense at trial.

Attorney Smith has been listed among the top 100 attorneys in Maryland by the National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization. He holds a 10.0 (Superb) rating as a trial attorney from AVVO, as well as AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with an average client review of 5 stars.

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Contact our office by e-mail or call 410-740-0101 for an appointment. We represent criminal defendants in Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.


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