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.

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.
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? Yes
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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