Have You Been Charged With Domestic Violence?

Wilmington Domestic Violence Attorney

representing both sides of Domestic Violence Cases in North Carolina

James Rutherford, Attorney at Law, represents both sides of domestic violence defense cases - victims and defendants. Our skilled Wilmington domestic violence lawyer is here to help you, no matter your position. Our team understands the complexities in cases involving domestic violence, and we are dedicated to helping you make sure your voice is heard by the courts. Learn more about how we can help you!

Domestic violence cases typically involve individuals who are:

  • Current or former spouses
  • In a dating relationship
  • Related either as a parent or a child
  • Household members

Arrested for domestic violence? Call James Rutherford, Attorney at Law, at (910) 595-1377 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation with our domestic violence lawyer in Wilmington, NC.

What Qualifies As Domestic Violence in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, domestic violence is defined as any act of violence or threat of violence committed against a household member or family member. This includes physical violence, sexual violence, emotional abuse, threats of violence, terrorizing a person

Under North Carolina law, a household member or family member includes the following:

  • A current or former spouse
  • A person you are living with or have lived with in the past
  • A person you are dating or have dated in the past
  • A person with whom you have a child with
  • A parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, or sibling
If you have been accused of domestic violence in North Carolina, it is important to seek the advice of a qualified and experienced Wilmington domestic violence lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney can help you understand your legal options and develop a strong defense strategy.

Types Of Restraining Orders in North Carolina

There are two types of restraining orders available: ex parte temporary protective orders and a final domestic violence protective order. When you file for a protective order, the judge may issue an ex parte temporary order if you are in immediate danger. This order is meant to protect you until a full court hearing takes place. After the court hearing, if the judge finds your case to be of merit, then you may be granted a final domestic violence protective order.

Contact Our Domestic Violence Lawyer in Wilmington

Our Wilmington domestic violence attorney also represents those who have been accused of domestic violence. Domestic violence accusations can affect your reputation, jeopardize your career, and lead to criminal charges. We are committed to aggressively fighting your charges and working to minimize the impact they have on your future.

At our law firm, we offer a free case evaluation to help you understand your rights and options. Our attorneys are certified specialists in criminal law, which means we have the expertise and experience to provide the highest level of legal representation in domestic violence cases.

We have nearly 15 years of experience representing clients in Wilmington and throughout North Carolina. We understand the complexities of domestic violence cases and are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients.

If you have been accused of domestic violence in North Carolina, contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with one of our experienced Wilmington domestic violence attorneys. We will fight to protect your rights and help you navigate the legal system.

Contact James Rutherford, Attorney at Law to get started with our Wilmington domestic violence attorney.

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