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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