Were You Accused Of Domestic Violence?

If you have been charged with domestic violence in North Carolina, you must understand the process. For example, the prosecutor may pursue the case even if the other party decides not to press charges. In addition, while the protective order is a civil matter, you will be charged with a crime if you violate the order. When there is a divorce or custody case happening simultaneously, you also need an attorney to represent you in family court.

This can be a complex situation if you do not have a lawyer to protect your rights. At The Law Office of Rich Cassady, I represent people charged with domestic violence and protective order violations. I am experienced in criminal defense and family law, so I can assist you with both aspects of your case. With offices in Franklin and Murphy, I handle cases in Macon County, Cherokee County and beyond.

There Are Real Consequences To DVPOs

Acts of domestic violence can happen between people who live in the same house, people in a relationship, people who formerly had a relationship, or people who share a child. You do not have to live with the other person to be charged with domestic violence.

It is common for a domestic violence protective order (DVPO), also known as a 50B restraining order, to be issued against the alleged offender. DVPOs can include orders to:

  • Leave the home you share with the victims
  • Give up custody temporarily
  • Pay temporary spousal and/or child support
  • Refrain from all contact with the victims

You may also be ordered to seek treatment and be prohibited from purchasing firearms while the order is in effect.

DVPO violations can be misdemeanors or felonies. If you are convicted of violating a DVPO, you could be sentenced to a jail term, community service and a fine.

Contact My Law Office Today

For a free consultation, please call 828-634-7320 or 800-811-9295, or contact me online.