Charlotte DVPO and No-Contact Order Attorneys
Regardless of the circumstances, we will carefully assess your situation and help you present the best possible case on your behalf. Contact us for more information regarding domestic violence protective orders and to schedule an initial consultation.
Domestic violence protective orders (also called a “50B”) are intended to protect victims of domestic violence from their abuser with whom they have a “personal relationship.”
A civil no-contact order (also called a “50C”) provides protection from nonconsensual sexual conduct and stalking for victims who do not have a “personal relationship” with the offender.
When a Plaintiff files a complaint for a 50B or a 50C, a hearing will be set so that both parties can present his/her case to the judge. A Defendant may consent to entry of a protective order without admitting any conduct. When the Plaintiff files the complaint, he/she may also ask for an ex parte emergency order (based only on the Plaintiff’s version of events). If the circumstances warrant, the judge may enter such an order that would remain in place until the hearing.
Protective orders can be entered for up to one year and thereafter renewed for good cause upon request. Protective orders under chapters 50B and 50C will order a party to refrain from certain conduct, such as assaulting, abusing, harassing, and can include additional provisions necessary to protect a party.
Violating a 50C no-contact order is punishable by civil or criminal contempt. A single violation of a 50B domestic violence protective order is a Class A1 misdemeanor, and multiple violations can be a Class H felony. Further, committing a felony or possessing a deadly weapon while also violating a DVPO can result in an increased criminal classification and punishment.
Click below to learn more about these types of restraining orders:
- domestic violence protective orders
- civil no-contact orders
Contact our firm today if you need assistance defending against a 50B or 50C protective order.