When personal relationships become strained, people take extreme actions to avoid one another. If they feel threatened, they may seek a restraining order, also known as a domestic violence protective order (DVPO).
Violation of a DVPO can result in serious consequences. If you have been accused of violating a DVPO, contact North Carolina restraining order attorney Jonathan Breeden at (919) 661-4970 to defend you against those allegations.
A DVPO is a civil protection order that commands a person to cease behaviors and actions against another person that constitute abuse. While there are several different situations where a person may file a DVPO, it is quite common to see these orders crop up between spouses, partners, and family members.
A DVPO may be issued to protect someone who feels threatened. The North Carolina court system takes violation of those orders seriously. You may incur criminal penalties as well as civil repercussions if you violate a DVPO.
The following entities may enforce a DVPO that has been violated:
If you have been served with a DVPO, you must be vigilant in following the exact orders for the enforced amount of time. A DVPO is enforceable under North Carolina Statutes Chapter 50B, and violating the order may be a misdemeanor or a felony that can lead to harsh punishment, including incarceration.
Attorney Jonathan Breeden has experience defending people who have been accused of violation of a DVPO. There are two sides to every story. Attorney Breeden will gather the evidence and review the allegations against you to build a strong defense.
At the hearing, your North Carolina restraining order lawyer will work to prove that you did not violate the DVPO and you should not receive criminal penalties.
Not only will you receive criminal penalties, but the outcome of your divorce may be affected. Although North Carolina is a no-fault divorce state, the court will take behavior into account when dividing property and debt.
The court will also consider abuse when awarding spousal support. Thus, if you are found to have violated a DVPO, your spouse may have the evidence they need to leverage a divorce outcome that is more beneficial to them.
Avoid unfair separation of property and support awards by obtaining the help of a North Carolina restraining order attorney. Jonathan Breeden will represent your rights in court if allegations are made against you.
When it comes to determining custody of minor children, the court will always base its decisions on what is in the child’s best interest. When reviewing custody cases where a child or a spouse was a victim of domestic violence, the court will decide foremost how to best protect these parties.
Courts will consider the following if a DVPO was issued or violated:
Violating a DVPO could cause the court to reevaluate the safety of the child and impose custody and visitation restrictions. A court may decide to order supervised visitation or may make a negative decision regarding final custody of a child.
Whether you are being accused of violating a DVPO or someone has violated one that you filed, you need to seek legal help. Domestic violence attorney Jonathan Breeden can offer both knowledge of restraining order cases and a record of experience with the local North Carolina divorce and family courts. For help with your case, call (919) 661-4970 today.
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