Resolving Problems With Domestic Violence in North Carolina
If you need advice about your best alternatives for responding to domestic violence charges, contact the Nixon Law Offices in High Point. We offer free consultations and help people find ways to overcome charges ranging from spousal abuse to stalking or harassment.
Call 888-229-6491 for Advice About Your Domestic Violence Defense Options
North Carolina has two separate laws addressing different aspects of domestic violence. Chapter 50B of the state statutes covers assault and threats against current or former spouses, cohabitants, roommates or people in past or present substantial dating relationships. Chapter 50C doesn't rely on the existence of a relationship between the alleged victim and perpetrator; it covers stalking and harassment whether or not the people involved even know each other.
Both sections allow the person in need of protection to apply to a court for a protective order (Chapter 50B) or no-contact order (Chapter 50C) without notice to the person alleged to have been causing the problems. Both laws allow that person to appear before the court later to tell his or her side of the story.
Dealing With a No-Contact Order
If you have had a protective or no-contact order entered against you under either statute, there are many reasons why you should seek the advice of an attorney to help you get the most out of your right to a hearing. Here's how you can expect to benefit from counsel:
- Examine the facts alleged against you to see whether the order can be vacated at a hearing in the near future
- Understand the consequences of the order in place so you can avoid violations
- Modify the terms of the order so that you can get visitation with your children, access to your personal possessions, or deal with other inconvenient consequences of a protective order
- Deal with the impact of a protective order on your rights in a pending divorce or child custody dispute
Because the Nixon Law Offices concentrates on both criminal defense and family law, our lawyers are especially well situated to advise you about both the criminal and civil aspects of a domestic violence protective order or no-contact order.
For a free consultation about the best ways to approach problems with family violence or harassment charges in northern or central North Carolina, contact the Nixon Law Offices in High Point.