Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has been served with a RESTRAINING ORDER …..
The petition was filed on Friday (12/4/09), in Baltimore City District Court. According to numerous sources, the plaintiff is known as Suggs’ girlfriend. At this time, the RESTRAINING ORDER is the only publicly filed action.
According to Maryland District Court records, the following provisions are part of the order – Defendant :
SHALL NOT ABUSE
SHALL NOT CONTACT
SHALL NOT ENTER RESIDENCE
SHALL VACATE THE HOME
The RESTRAINING ORDER is temporary and a subsequent hearing is scheduled for December 11th. During such hearings, a defendant is afforded the opportunity to object to the sanctions and defend their personal character.
In Maryland, RESTRAINING ORDERS are part of a civil process – which are independent of the criminal court system. This means criminal charges are not directly tied to such orders. It does not mean the recipient of a RESTRAINING ORDER will not be criminally charged, it simply means there is no correlation.
RESTRAINING ORDERS are a temporary action that forces a separation “between” the plaintiff and defendant. However, to receive a RESTRAINING ORDER, the plaintiff must demonstrate an immediate fear for one’s wellbeing, in court.
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