Concord Domestic Violence Attorneys
Protecting the Rights of Clients throughout Cabarrus County
As far as immediate penalties and consequences, few criminal charges have the capacity to upset a person’s like a domestic violence accusation. These charges can instantly put someone out of their home, requiring them to find different places to stay, take alternate routes to work, and possibly lose time spent with their children. If you were arrested on these charges, call a Concord domestic violence attorney for help. Our team at Brannen & Walker understands your situation, and we can fight for you.
Those charged with domestic violence often find themselves treated with unfair disdain and censure. While your situation may feel hopeless, you have a right to be heard. Whether you want to fight a protective order or clear your name of criminal charges, our firm can fight to ensure you have the best chance at a favorable outcome. Our team at Brannen & Walker won’t just plea you down—we are here to stand up for you in court.
Fighting a Protective Order
Once a person is accused of domestic violence, they will likely be issued a Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO) which will limit their ability to come in contact with the alleged victims. While these protective orders do not automatically mean you are charged with a crime, they are easy to violate and can put you at risk of criminal sentencing later.
There are two types of DVPOs in North Carolina, namely:
- Temporary DVPO: Lasts until a hearing date that will be determined by a local judge. The alleged aggressor will be served notice of the order, at which point the DVPO can be dropped.
- Permanent DVPO: These protective orders only last for one year but can be renewed for a second year. The defendant may contest a permanent DVPO, in which case a trial will be held.
DVPOs are issued in civil court, but other proceedings related to domestic violence take place in criminal court. For those accused of domestic violence, a protective order does more than just interrupt their life—it makes them feel like intruders on the lives of their loved ones. At Brannen & Walker, we understand the pain and frustration that can come with these situations, and we are here to stand up for your rights.
Penalties for Domestic Violence Charges
Prison sentences and other punishments for domestic violence charges will depend on the severity of the charges and whether or not the accused has any history of violence. Many domestic violence charges are felonies (usually categorized as assault), and they may result in a prison sentence ranging from 3 months to 12 years.
Any misdemeanor charges could have a person facing a prison sentence from 60 to 150 days, plus variable fines or community punishment. Other long-term consequences can include having a publicly visible criminal record that makes it harder to find a new housing situation, whether due to the inquiring eyes of a landlord, employer, or loan officer.
The Concord Domestic Violence Attorneys You Need
Your best chance to avoid or reduce penalties for a domestic violence charge is to choose a skilled lawyer to be your voice in court. Brannen & Walker can be that voice. As your advocate, we will fight to ensure you have the opportunity to tell your side of the story and protect your interests. We have successfully defended numerous clients by examining the evidence against them and working toward a solution that protects their long-term goals. We are attorneys who will fight for you.
Get help fighting your charges now by calling (704) 741-4644.
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