The main difference between a peace order and a protective order in Maryland is who the order protects you from. A peace order is for someone whom you are not related to, such as roommates, coworkers, or neighbors, while a protective order is for someone with whom you have a familiar relationship. Both orders are granted if there are reasonable grounds for abuse. A protective order lasts for a year by default and has more severe consequences if violated. If you have a peace or protective order filed against you, you are entitled to have a hearing. Depending on which side you’re on, having a peace or protective order against you will typically involve some orders by the court and what you can and cannot do.