Charlotte Civil No-Contact Order Attorneys

No-contact orders are similar to domestic violence protective orders, but they apply to circumstances where the victim and perpetrator do not have a “personal relationship.” They are also referred to as “50C” orders after the chapter of the North Carolina General Statutes governing such an order.

A no-contact order provides protection to a victim of nonconsensual sexual conduct or stalking from his/her abuser.

Stalking means that on more than one occasion, the perpetrator has followed or otherwise harassed (as defined in G.S. 14-277.3A(b)(2)) the victim without legal purpose and with the intent to either

  • place the victim in reasonable fear either for his/her safety or the safety of his/her immediate family/close personal associates, and/or
  • cause the victim to suffer substantial emotional distress by placing him/her in fear of death, bodily injury, or continued harassment and that in fact causes him/her substantial emotional distress.

When a victim files a complaint for a 50C, a hearing will be set so that both parties can present his/her case to the judge. If a court finds that the victim has suffered nonconsensual sexual conduct or stalking, the court may issue a temporary or permanent civil no-contact order. An order may include any of the following types of relief:

  1. Order the respondent not to visit, assault, molest, or otherwise interfere with the victim.
  2. Order the respondent to cease stalking the victim, including at the victim’s workplace.
  3. Order the respondent to cease harassment of the victim.
  4. Order the respondent not to abuse or injure the victim.
  5. Order the respondent not to contact the victim by telephone, written communication, or electronic means.
  6. Order the respondent to refrain from entering or remaining present at the victim’s residence, school, place of employment, or other specified places at times when the victim is present.
  7. Order other relief deemed necessary and appropriate by the court, including assessing attorneys’ fees to either party.

No-contact orders can be entered for a fixed time up to one year.

For good cause, a court can renew the order for a fixed period not to exceed two years.

A knowing violation of a no-contact order is punishable as contempt of court which may result in a fine or imprisonment.

If you need assistance in obtaining or defending a no-contact order, call our law office today.

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