Domestic violence is a hot issue right now, especially with several professional athletes accused of various domestic abuse crimes. In Baltimore, Maryland, and throughout the U.S., protective orders are granted that keep alleged abusers away from victims.
While there is a need for protective orders in many cases, a problem can arise when the allegations against someone are false. Because the judge will only hear one side of the story, the respondent -- the person who is served the order of protection -- won't have a chance to provide his or her version of events. It usually takes about two more weeks for a follow-up court hearing where the respondent or his or her attorney can speak in front of the judge.