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In North Carolina, a domestic violence offense is one that causes or attempts to cause harm to someone with whom you have a personal relationship. The State takes such crimes very seriously and will harshly pursue anyone that has been accused of violating the law. Because of this, if you've been charged, you could be facing severe conviction penalties. To effectively fight charges and work toward a favorable outcome in your case, it’s best to have a lawyer on your side.
At Floyd Law Offices, we are ready to provide the aggressive defense you need to fight your domestic violence charge. Our Raleigh criminal defense attorney knows the law and the judicial processes and has extensive trial experience. Building a solid strategy requires thorough preparation, and we'll dedicate the time and effort needed to do this effectively. Our lawyer will comb through every detail of your situation and listen to your side of the story to present a compelling defense on your behalf.
We're here to stand up for you and push back against the allegations made against you.
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How Does North Carolina Define Domestic Violence?
In North Carolina, if you cause bodily or psychological harm to a person you have a specific relationship with, you could be accused of committing domestic violence.
The law defines a "personal relationship" as the following:
- Current or former spouses
- Current or former roommates of the opposite sex
- Parents and children
- People who have a child in common
- People who are current or former household members
- People of the opposite sex who are or were in a dating relationship
The following types of conduct are considered acts of domestic violence:
- Causing or attempting to cause bodily injury;
- Making the person fear they are in imminent danger of serious bodily injury;
- Committing a sexual offense, such as rape or sexual battery, against the individual; or
- Harassing the individual to the point that it causes substantial emotional distress
What Are the Penalties for a Domestic Violence Offense
in North Carolina?
North Carolina does not have a specific law prohibiting criminal conduct against an individual you have a personal relationship with. Rather, domestic violence crimes are charged under the statute for the act you allegedly committed. That means the penalties you face are those attached to the offense you're accused of, and you could be ordered to prison time and/or fines.
In domestic violence cases, the judge has the discretion to order you to additional sanctions. You may have to participate in such things as counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation, among others.
Our Raleigh domestic violence lawyer understands the life-altering consequences that can result from a conviction, which is why we will explore every legal avenue to spot holes in the prosecutor's case and challenge the accusations made against you.
What Other Legal Actions Can Be Taken in a Domestic Violence Situation?
Under North Carolina Code 50B, alleged domestic violence victims can seek additional protections in these types of matters by petitioning for restraining orders. If it's granted, you could be limited on where you can go and where you can live. If you have children, you might lose custody of them. In some cases, if a judge determines that the alleged victim is in imminent danger of harm, they can issue a temporary order without having heard your side of the story.
Before a permanent domestic violence protective order is granted, you will be scheduled for a hearing, where you will have a chance to challenge the claims made against you. Our Raleigh domestic violence attorney can help develop a compelling case to fight back against the request for the order.
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At Floyd Law Offices, we understand that being charged with domestic violence can be a frightening and stressful experience. Your reputation, future, and rights are on the line, and the outcome of your case is unknown. When you retain our services, our Raleigh defense lawyer will provide personalized legal counsel from start to finish. We'll be here to answer your questions and give updates on your case.
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