Raleigh Domestic Violence Protective Order Enforcement
Enforcement of DVPO Orders in Raleigh, NC
Domestic violence protection orders (DVPO) are court orders that are signed
and issued by a judge. Just like with any legal document, violating the
terms of a DVPO can result in a host of problems for both the victim and
their abuser. The victim may suffer physical, mental and emotional abuse
all over again, while the perpetrator can suffer criminal penalties.
As such, it is of the utmost importance to ensure the terms and conditions
of DVPOs are being met in order to protect you and your children from
further domestic violence acts. Our
Raleigh domestic violence lawyers have your best interests at heart and will work to uphold the terms outlined
in your DVPO and pursue criminal penalties for the operator’s failure
to comply with it.
Contact us online or call
(919) 876-3300 to speak with Hopper Law Office today!
Filing a Motion for Contempt
North Carolina law enforcement agencies are responsible for enforcing valid
protective orders, even ones that were issued out-of-state. But you cannot
trust that they will be “on top of it” 24/7, as law enforcement
officers have a lot of similar responsibilities on their plate and can
Luckily, you have the option to file a motion for contempt for the violation
of your DVPO, ex parte or emergency order against your abuser. If a court
finds that you and/or your minor child are in danger of suffering domestic
violence, the clerk or magistrate will schedule a hearing at the earliest
Our domestic violence lawyer at
Hopper Law Office can advocate for you every step of the way to ensure you receive comprehensive
protection from your perpetrator and that they get punished for their
civil wrongdoings. Such wrongdoings carry criminal reprimands.
Penalties for Violating DVPOs
As mentioned above, perpetrators can suffer criminal consequences for violating
valid protective orders, whether they be emergency protective orders,
“ex parte” orders or DVPOs. The penalty for this offense is
a Class A1 misdemeanor punishable by 60 to 150 days in jail and an additional
fine at the court’s discretion
However, if the abuser committed a felony that they know is prohibited
by a valid protective order, they will be guilty of a felony that is one
class higher than the felony they were initially charged for unless it
was a Class A or B1 felony. If the perpetrator was previously convicted
for two counts of domestic violence and violated your DVPO, they will
get a Class H felony charge punishable by a maximum of 39 months in jail.
Has Your Abuser Violated Your DVPO?
It is crucial to take legal action against your perpetrator for violating
the domestic violence protective order against them. You deserve to live
your life free of worry about experiencing future abuse, and our Raleigh
domestic violence attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure justice is
served on your behalf.
Whether you want to file a motion for contempt for the violation of your
DVPO or take it to the next level and press criminal charges, Hopper Law
Office is here for you every step of the way. We will through explain
all of your available options and provide the legal counsel you need to
make the best possible decision. Although you likely didn’t expect
to be dealing with the court system again, our team will strive to make
your experience as smooth and anxiety-free as possible.
If you have questions or would like to get started,
contact Hopper Law Office at