Domestic Violence And Protective Orders

Domestic violence is an extremely serious matter. Unfortunately, when an argument between a couple escalates and someone is charged with domestic violence, it can be difficult for police and prosecutors to piece together what actually happened.

At Plumides, Romano, Johnson & Cacheris, PC, in Charlotte, we treat domestic violence allegations with the seriousness and sensitivity they deserve. We treat all involved parties with respect and will work diligently to protect your rights and safety.

Working To Keep Domestic Violence Victims Safe

If you or your children are the victims of domestic violence, you may ask the court for a domestic violence protection order (DVPO), which tells your abuser that he or she must stop or face serious consequences.

We will work quickly to help you secure a DVPO that will keep you and your children safe. We can then help you initiate divorce proceedings or help you seek a child custody order.

Types Of Protective Orders Available

Two types of protective orders are available in North Carolina. A temporary order does not require the alleged abuser to be present in court; you need only to convince the judge that you reasonably feared imminent serious bodily injury. A temporary DVPO will generally last until a full hearing can be scheduled.

A final protective order requires a full court hearing where the accused abuser can defend him- or herself. Final protective orders last up to one year, although a court can extend them. A DVPO often results in:

  • Removing the alleged abuser from the home
  • Requiring an alleged abuser to hand over any firearms to authorities
  • Requiring mandatory attendance at an abuser treatment program
  • Forcing an alleged abuser to return a pet or other property

Protecting Your Rights When You Face Allegations Of Abuse

In addition to protective orders, an alleged abuser may also face criminal charges. If you are facing allegations of abuse, it is important to work with attorneys who understand the effects of a DVPO and criminal charges on you and your family. Our attorneys will take a big-picture approach to your case, working to find a favorable resolution to the family law and the criminal defense components of your situation.

Call Plumides, Romano, Johnson & Cacheris, PC, Today

Whether you are facing domestic violence allegations or you are suffering from abuse, do not try to resolve the situation on your own. Get an experienced advocate on your side to assert your rights, keep you safe and guide you through the complex legal system.

We invite you to contact our lawyers today by calling 704-323-7833 or toll free at 877-851-1934 to schedule a consultation.