Understanding Protective Orders In North Carolina

What Is A 50-B Protective Order?

If you have been accused of domestic violence, a restraining order known as a 50-B protective restraining order has likely been filed against you.

In a nutshell, a 50-B protective restraining order is an order signed by a judge prohibiting certain contact with a spouse, ex-spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or family member. It may or may not be issued in conjunction with other criminal charges like assault, battery or trespass.

Potential Consequences Of A Protective Order

Along with prohibitive contact with another individual, the judge may also:

  • Order you to provide monetary support to the victim
  • Modify current child custody and child visitation rights
  • Evict you and give possession of the home to the victim
  • Refer cases involving potential child abuse to law enforcement for investigation and possible prosecution
  • Force you to go to an intense months-long costly batterers program
  • Confiscate and prohibit your firearms

Consequences For Violating Protective Orders

If you violate any of the provisions of a 50-B protective order, you will be found in contempt, arrested and put in jail.

Deportation Risk For Non-Citizens

If you are an alien and not a United States citizen, you could face a risk of deportation as the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) considers even the most minor of these offenses to be a "crime of moral turpitude."

Reaching out to an experienced criminal defense lawyer with knowledge defending against protective orders is extremely important.

Experienced Defense For Both Men And Women

At our firm, founding attorney Chris Connelly has over 25 years of experience defending against domestic violence charges and protective orders filed against both males and females.

In some situations, individuals were acting in self-defense. In other cases, they are accused of fabricating the charges. Regardless of your situation, our team will advocate for you during the 50-B proceeding and fight for your rights.

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