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What to Know About Protective Orders for Domestic Violence in NC

By Joel Hancock

Domestic violence is never something to be taken lightly. This also includes being unfairly accused of domestic violence since such accusations can greatly impact the life of the accused. Not only can an accusation cause great damage to your reputation, but it can also lead to a domestic violence protective order (DVPO). Here’s what to know about DVPOs in North Carolina, how they work, and how you can avoid violating them. 

What is a DVPO?

A DVPO is a judicial order that restricts contact between people. Often DVPOs require the subject to avoid not only contacting the petitioner, but also avoiding being in the same location as them or their family. Each case is different and depends upon the facts and circumstances involved. 

Can an Emergency Order Be Filed?

When the individual involved is thought to pose an immediate threat, an ex parte or temporary protective order can be filed. This type of protective order will generally go into effect immediately or within the next 72 hours. While the individual accused isn’t required to appear for an ex parte or temporary order, he or she must be present for the final DVPO hearing, during which there will be an opportunity to defend against these serious accusations. 

An ex parte/temporary order only protects until the court hearing for the final order, which tends to run anywhere from 7-10 days. Once a final order has been issued, the protection can be good for up to one year, or two if approved for an extension. 

Always Follow the DVPO – Even if You Believe it Falsely Obtained

Even if you feel that the accusations against you are false, misleading, or lack any real truth, it is imperative that you follow the rules of the order in order to avoid getting yourself into serious legal trouble. Violating a DVPO is an extremely serious matter that can result in jail time. It’s best to address the order with the help of a qualified North Carolina criminal defense attorney.

Hancock Law Firm, PLLC Helps Those in North Carolina Who Have Had a Domestic Violence Protection Order Issued Against Them

If a domestic violence protective order has been issued against you and believe that you are innocent or that your rights have been violated, you may have options. You have the right to defend yourself. Your best bet of doing so successfully is with the help of a knowledgeable and experienced North Carolina criminal defense attorney who understands what you are up against and will fight on your behalf. 

At Hancock Law Firm, PLLC, we fully understand what is at stake and will do everything that we can to help you fight this charge. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

About the Author
Joel Hancock is a native of Carteret County, NC. He devotes 100% of his practice to defending those accused of traffic infractions, DWI, misdemeanors, and felonies in Carteret County, NC.