I live in Maryland and am 17 years old. Recently, my girlfriend had a protective order placed against her on false claims. She had a lawyer and was able to negotiate electronic communication and no admission of wrong doing. I was not able to attend the hearing because I had been hospitalized. My parents insinuated she stole from us, and that she coerced me into sex, which are not true, and the judge agreed. Since coming home, my parents have confiscated everything she has given to me and told me they had given it to her family, however it is still in my mother's closet. They lied to me about the contents of the order and the duration. Is there anything I can do?
Most likely, not. You're a minor until you turn 18 or emancipate yourself, which is a cumbersome process. If your girlfriend could file a motion to remove the order, then you could testify and the Court might take it into consideration, as it doesn't appear that you meet the standard based on you comments.
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I'm not sure if it was a protective order or peace order, but in any event I agree with counsel's comments.
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As a minor, you can not act on your own in general. You can request emancipation, which would effectively turn you into an adult under the law. You should contact an attorney.
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