Domestic abuse has been recognized as a very serious problem affecting families and household members all across Maine. A protection order can, among other things, prohibit one party from contacting another party, and a violation of this order can result in criminal charges. “Abuse” and “family or household members” have specific definitions under the law, and are explained below.
In Maine, the crime of Domestic Violence Assault can be investigated, charged, and even proven beyond a reasonable doubt based simply on the allegation of one complaining witness. The significant nature of the charges, and potential adverse consequences, make Domestic Violence charges in Maine some of the more serious a person can face.
- What is the purpose of a Maine Protection from Abuse Order?
- Important Definitions to Know (Abuse, Dating partner, Family or household member).
- How do I obtain a Protection from Abuse Order?
- The hearing.
- Relief for the Plaintiff.
- Crime for violating a Protection Order.