If you are a victim of domestic violence in North Carolina, speak immediately to an experienced Winston-Salem family law attorney at LAWSMITH, the Law Offices of J. Scott Smith. We can help you obtain legal protection and help you determine the best way to move forward.
UNDER NORTH CAROLINA LAW, WHO IS A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
North Carolina law provides both civil and criminal options for the victims of domestic violence. For a victim to qualify for relief under the state’s domestic violence laws, the domestic violence must involve:
- spouses or ex-spouses
- former or current members of the same household
- individuals of the opposite sex who dated or currently date
- individuals of the opposite sex who lived together or currently live together
- parents of the same child
- a parent or stepparent and child, guardian and child, or grandparent and grandchild
WHAT IS A DVPO?
When a victim qualifies for relief under the state’s domestic violence laws, that victim may request from the court a Chapter 50-B “DVPO” (a domestic violence protective order or “restraining” order).
Have an experienced Winston-Salem family law attorney make that request on your behalf. A DVPO may, for example, order an abuser to stay away from the victim and to refrain from contacting the victim.
WHEN WILL A NORTH CAROLINA COURT ISSUE A DVPO?
For the court to issue a DVPO, the abuser must have committed at least one of these offenses:
- inflicted or tried to inflict serious bodily injury to the victim
- placed the victim or a family or household member in fear of imminent serious injury
- harassed the victim in a way that caused considerable emotional distress
- committed a sexual offense against the victim
EXACTLY WHAT DOES A DVPO PROVIDE?
The North Carolina courts severely punish DVPO violations, and police officers in this state are required by law to make an arrest for every DVPO violation – no warnings and no exceptions.
A DVPO in North Carolina differs from a general restraining order because it gives judges in this state the discretion to order specific types of protection for victims, and it also gives law enforcement officers the ability to charge a domestic abuser with a specific criminal offense.
HOW DOES LAWSMITH HELP THE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
At LAWSMITH, the Law Offices of J. Scott Smith, we act aggressively on behalf of our clients who are the victims of domestic violence. We help clients obtain DVPOs, access key community resources, and take appropriate legal steps to deter and eliminate domestic violence in their lives.
Every family law client at LAWSMITH, the Law Offices of J. Scott Smith, works directly with an experienced Winston-Salem family law attorney. A good lawyer’s help and advice is every domestic violence victim’s fundamental legal right.
HOW AND WHEN SHOULD YOU CONTACT US AT LAWSMITH?
In the Winston-Salem or Greensboro area, if you are a domestic violence victim, do not wait. Get protection today. Call LAWSMITH, the Law Offices of J. Scott Smith, at 336-306-8644, and schedule a meeting with a family law attorney – or use the contact form here on our website – right now.
The LAWSMITH offices are located in Winston-Salem at 250 Executive Park Boulevard, Suite 100. We’re also in Greensboro, where we’re located at 204 Muirs Chapel Road, Suite 104. Let us obtain the protection that you need and fight for the justice that you deserve.