Today, Slate.com featured a basic introduction to restraining orders. The piece described the law regarding these orders in several states, including Maryland. The story accurately describes the legal standard the applicant has to meet: "clear and convincing" evidence must be presented. This is a higher standard (ie, harder to meet) than the usual "preponderance of the evidence" standard used in most civil cases. Did you know you can get a temporary protective order at any time of the day or night? For more information, check out some of the links on this blog.