Everyone has the right to feel safe. If someone you live with or know is harassing you, you may want to consider getting a restraining order against them. However, it’s important to know that you need to have just cause for the restraining order, and the process can be more involved than many people realize.
What is a Restraining Order?
A restraining order is a protective order issued by the state of North Carolina designed to prevent one person from harming another.
Common types of restraining orders include:
- Domestic violence protective orders. This would protect a person who suffered domestic abuse at the hands of someone they had a personal relationship with (spouse, ex-spouse, relative, someone you share a child with, or a current or former partner).
- Civil no-contact orders. This provides protection against non-consensual sexual conduct and/or stalking from someone with whom you do not have a personal relationship.
- Civil no-contact for victims of registered sex offenders. This order would provide life-long protection to victims of abusers who were convicted of a crime that requires them to register as a sex offender.
The Benefits of an Order of Protection
A restraining order is so much more than a piece of paper. Depending on the details of your case, a restraining order can:
- Order an abuser to stay away from your home, workplace, or school.
- Prohibit an abuser from contacting you.
- Prevent abusers from going to the same social places as you.
If your abuser violates any aspect of the order, they can face serious penalties, including fines, jail time, extended probation, or having additional protections added to your existing order.
How Do I Get a Restraining Order Against Someone?
Getting a restraining order is not nearly as simple as applying for it. If you’re looking to take out a restraining order against someone, we suggest contacting an experienced, North Carolina-based lawyer who will fight for your rights and safety.
At Blood Law, PLLC, we believe in helping our clients achieve their goals – no matter how complex their divorce or other family law issue. Our experienced attorneys provide tailored legal services with a unique, team-based approach to do our best to achieve these results.
To learn more about our legal services, contact our lawyers online or give us a call at (704) 286-0570.