Complexities Of Domestic Violence Charges In North Carolina
If you have been charged with assault, stalking, communicating threats or certain other offenses and the alleged victim is a spouse, former spouse or someone you have lived with as if married, the charges will be designated as “domestic violence.” This designation will have a significant impact on how the state prosecutes your case.
Many of our clients are surprised to learn that their actions can be interpreted as domestic violence, thus leading to a criminal charge. Some violent criminal offenses can also constitute domestic violence or abuse. Be warned: your actions don’t have to be physical. Verbal and physical threats, harassment and even physical contact not begun by you can elicit a domestic violence charge.
The Penalties You Could Face In North Carolina
A conviction stemming from a domestic violence or abuse allegation can incur long-term protection orders, which can lead to several consequences such as:
- Permanent criminal record
- Restraining orders
- Orders to cease certain actions
- Loss of gun rights
- Loss of residence
- Loss of child custody
- Order of spousal or child support payments
- Loss of other personal property
- Payment of other party’s attorney’s fees
- Negative social stigma
Being served a domestic violence restraining order does not have to accompany a criminal charge, the violation of a protective order is a criminal offense in North Carolina. If you have been charged, cooperation with the legal system and protection from an experienced defense lawyer are crucial.
Coalter Law, PLLC – Your Greensboro Defense Law Firm
At Coalter Law, PLLC, we assist clients across North Carolina who have been charged with domestic violence or who have had a domestic violence restraining order taken out against them. We can work to help you avoid initial jail time upon arrest and conduct a thorough investigation into the situation to begin building a sturdy defense.
Our team is prepared to do whatever it takes to obtain the best possible outcome and protect your rights vigorously no matter the criminal charge against you. To see what we can do for you, contact us online or call our Greensboro office at 336-646-7977. Let us resolve your legal issues correctly – contact us today.