Protective orders, or "restraining orders," protect victims of abuse or stalking by requiring perpetrators to stay a certain distance away for a specified period of time. They are primarily used by victims of domestic violence. North Carolina protective order laws allow for a one-year period and may be renewed for an additional year; and violation of the terms of a protective order is penalized as a Class A1 misdemeanor.
Learn about North Carolina's protective order laws below. See Details on State Protective Order Laws for more details.
||50B-1, et seq.
|Activity Addressed by Order
||Enjoin contact; exclude from dwelling; regarding minors: temporary custody, visitations, support, counseling; prohibit purchase of a firearm; court costs and attorney fees
|Duration of Order
||1 year; may be renewed for an additional year
|Penalty for a Violation of Order
||Class A1 misdemeanor
|Who May Apply for Order
||Any aggrieved party; a minor may be represented by a person who resides with or has custody
|Can Fees Be Waived?
|Order Transmission to Law Enforcement
||Copy to police department of city of victim's residence or sheriff of county police department where victim resides
|Civil Liability for Violation of Order
||Yes, contempt of court
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a North Carolina domestic violence attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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