If your spouse has become physically abusive or if you feel threatened, you can obtain a domestic violence protective order the same day or the next morning. These orders can give abuse victims a great deal of power. Unfortunately, they can also be misused.
At Kennedy Law Associates, our Charlotte domestic violence attorneys represent victims of domestic abuse. We also represent men and women who are facing accusations of spousal abuse.
Domestic Violence Protective Orders
In North Carolina, a domestic violence protective order is a restraining order that is designed to protect you from physical or emotional abuse from any person with whom you have a domestic relationship. The abuser can be removed from your house and ordered not to contact you or come within a certain distance of you.
There are two types of protective orders, a temporary protective order and a final protective order.
A temporary protective order is granted when you convince a judge that there is a serious and immediate threat to you or your child. The other party does not have to be present in court and does not have a right to defend himself or herself. This type of order usually lasts about 10 days.
After approximately 10 days, the judge who granted the temporary order will hold a hearing to determine if the temporary order should continue to remain in effect as a final protective order. The alleged abuser will have an opportunity to defend himself or herself at this hearing. A final protective order lasts up to one year and can be extended, if necessary.
False Accusations of Abuse
If you have been accused of domestic abuse, it is important to seek immediate representation from an experienced North Carolina domestic violence attorney. A protective order can have a devastating effect on your life and your employment. You can be kicked out of your home and barred from seeing your children. If you work in a public setting, you may even lose your job. The legal team at Kennedy Law Associates can help defend against false accusations of abuse.
For Information About Union County Protective Orders, Call a Domestic Abuse Attorney
If you have been a victim of abuse, or if you are facing false abuse accusations, you need qualified legal representation right away. Contact our Charlotte divorce lawyers online or call 704-512-0619 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your situation.