Domestic violence plagues many relationships, and it can be difficult to determine who is to blame. Both parties may be engaging in abusive behavior, or the person accused may have been defending themselves.
Because an act of domestic violence can lead to serious and possibly deadly consequences, North Carolina has developed laws to ensure the safety and protection of victims. People who are arrested on domestic violence charges can face serious criminal penalties and often unexpected collateral consequences.
If you have been accused of domestic violence, you need an experienced North Carolina domestic violence attorney on your side. Jonathan Breeden will listen to your side of the story and make sure it is heard in court. Call him today at (919) 661-4970 to find out how he can help you.
North Carolina defines domestic violence as causing or attempting to cause bodily injury or emotional distress upon a member of your household, family, or someone with whom you have a personal relationship.
You may have a “personal relationship” with:
Some criminal acts that qualify as domestic violence, but may be charged separately, include:
If you have been accused of domestic violence or any associated criminal acts, you may be facing serious criminal penalties that will forever change your life. You need a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side to defend your rights in court. Jonathan Breeden has successfully represented countless people who have been accused of these crimes.
If a judge determines that an act of domestic violence occurred, they will issue a protective order in an attempt to keep any further acts from occurring.
Protective orders can include several areas of relief, including prohibiting further acts of domestic violence, establishing a temporary custody order for minor children, ordering removal from a place of residence, or mandating an abuser treatment program that is approved by the Domestic Violence Commission.
If you violate a valid protective order, you can be charged with a Class A1 misdemeanor, which can result in a fine and a jail sentence of up to 150 days. If a police officer has probable cause that the violation occurred, that officer may arrest you without waiting for a warrant.
A misdemeanor is by far the lightest conviction possible. If you are convicted of other criminal acts while violating a protective order, or if your violation was severe, you may face a felony charge. Felony offenses may include:
The state of North Carolina does not take domestic violence lightly. Whether you are a victim of abuse or you have been served with a protective order, you need a domestic violence attorney on your side. Jonathan Breeden of Breeden Law Offices has helped numerous clients with domestic violence cases. He is familiar with the law and local courts, and can make sure your rights are respected throughout any investigation and hearing that occurs. Call him today at (919) 661-4970.
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