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Protective Order Hearing

Restraining orders in North Carolina are referred to as domestic violence protection orders (DVPOs or 50-B orders). A court will typically issue these orders to protect a person who has already been an alleged victim of domestic violence or fears they will become a victim.

These orders may or may not be issued at the same time as criminal domestic violence charges, but the burden of proof necessary to obtain a DVPO is much lower than what is required for a criminal conviction. Because most judges prefer to err on the side of caution, an alleged victim can often obtain a restraining order when the alleged offender does not adequately defend her rights.

Raleigh Protective Order Hearing Lawyer

If you have received a summons regarding a DVPO hearing, it is important to take the potential ramifications very seriously. Even if the alleged victim has told you that she wants to drop the case or will not have legal representation, you should still seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Coolidge Law Firm defends clients all over Wake County, including Raleigh, Apex, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, and Wake Forest. Let our firm review your case and help you understand your legal rights by calling (919) 239-8448 today to schedule a free, confidential consultation.

Information on North Carolina Protective Orders

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Who Can Get Protective Order Hearings in Wake County

North Carolina law defines domestic violence as either an attempt to cause bodily injury, intentional causing of bodily injury, causing fear of imminent serious bodily injury or continued harassment, or any one of a number of sexual assault offenses by an alleged offender upon an alleged victim with whom he has a personal relationship. Men and women can both be considered alleged offenders in domestic violence cases, and North Carolina General Statute § 50B-1(b) includes the following parties as examples of personal relationships:

While state law specifically mentions “the opposite sex” in some of these instances, it is important to understand that these charges can still apply to same-sex couples in which an alleged offender lives with, lived with, or is or was married to the alleged victim.

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Types of North Carolina Protective Order Hearings

There are two different kinds of protective orders in North Carolina: temporary and permanent. These two types of orders involve different hearings:

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Possible Consequences of Protective Order Hearing in Wake County

If the court grants a DPVO, it may order the alleged offender to do several things. Under North Carolina General Statute § 50B-3, some of the forms of relief that could be given to the alleged victim under a protective order include:

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Find the Best Protective Order Hearing Lawyer in Raleigh

Have you been notified about an upcoming protective hearing because of alleged domestic violence? You should speak to a knowledgeable and hard-working criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Coolidge Law Firm fights to protect the rights of clients throughout the greater Wake County area, including such communities as Raleigh, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Morrisville, Wendell, Zebulon, and many more. Call (919) 239-8448 right now to set up a free legal consultation that will let our firm review your case and see how we can help.

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