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North Carolina Protective Orders Laws

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.

This article provides a brief overview of protective orders in the state of North Carolina.

North Carolina Protective Order Laws: At a Glance

Learn about North Carolina's protective order laws below. See Details on State Protective Order Laws for more details.

Code Section

§ 50B-1 et seq. of the North Carolina General Statutes

Activity Addressed by Order

Enjoin contact; exclude from dwelling; regarding minors: temporary custody, visitations, support, counseling; prohibit the purchase of a firearm; court costs and attorney fees

Duration of Order

One 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 the police department of the city of the victim's residence or sheriff of the county police department where the victim resides

Civil Liability for Violation of Order

Yes, contempt of court

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

North Carolina Protective Orders Laws: Related Resources

Get Legal Help with Protective Orders

If someone is hurting or threatening to hurt you, there are resources available for you when you're ready. Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline for 24/7/365 support at 800-799-7233. If you've been abused or fear someone may abuse you in the near future, you may want to get a protective order.

Please contact a North Carolina domestic violence attorney for help.

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