Domestic Violence In North Carolina
Under North Carolina law, N.C. GEN. STAT. §50B, domestic violence is the commission of one or more of the following acts upon an aggrieved party or upon a minor child residing with or in the custody of the aggrieved party by a person with whom the aggrieved party has or has had a personal relationship, but does not include acts of self-defense:
- Attempting to cause bodily injury, intentionally causing bodily injury; or
- Placing the aggrieved party or a member of the aggrieved party’s family or household in fear of imminent serious bodily injury or continued harassment, as defined in N.C. GEN. STAT. §14-277.3, that rises to such a level as to inflict substantial emotional distress; or
- Committing any act defined in N.C. GEN. STAT. §14-27.2 through N.C. GEN. STAT. §14-27.7.
Anyone can file for a domestic violence protective order and the acts above can result in both criminal charges, as well as a civil domestic violence protective order. Representation in a domestic violence protective order can mean the difference of having your order denied and being left unprotected or getting an order granted against you because you were unable to present your own case effectively. Jamie Vavonese has the knowledge and expertise to help you make sure you are getting the best result. Contact our office to set up a meeting to discuss your case and your particular circumstances.
A domestic violence protective order or restraining order entered against you can prevent you from returning to your home, seeing your children, going places that you normally go, and possessing firearms (under state law for one to two years but under federal law you could be prevented from possessing firearms for the rest of your life). Domestic violence protection orders can significantly limit your freedoms and negatively affect your ability to exercise your custodial and/or visitation rights with your children. If you need assistance in the defense of a domestic violence protective order contact Jamie Vavonese to set up a consultation to discuss your case.