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MD Pets in Restraining Orders

Animals in Domestic Violence Restraining Orders: MD

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MARYLAND allows domestic violence protective orders to include pets. In addition, federal law includes the crime of stalking and actions that make the victim fear that the stalker will hurt the victim’s pet, service or emotional support animal, or horse (18 U.S.C. § 2261A (2019)). As per the Animal Legal & Historical Center website1, Summary: This Maryland law amended in…

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Video And Audio Surveillance Laws: MD

By | Maryland, Policy

MARYLAND is considered an All-Party Consent State, in that all people involved in the recorded communication must give permission. As per the Justia website1, All parties must consent to the recording of oral or telephone conversations under Maryland law, though the courts have interpreted this to be limited to situations where the parties have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Recording…

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Address Confidentiality Laws: MD

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The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) exists to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other crimes from their abusers being able to track and locate them, potentially putting them in continued harm’s way. The program gives victims a legal substitute address where their first-class mail will be forwarded (free of charge) to their actual address. This substitute address…

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