Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence and Kidnapping Win

A client, referred to us, entered a home in Wake County in late 2016 after being distraught following the break-up with his girlfriend. He brought a shotgun. It was obviously an unconscionable act, involving violence and anger, and invoking fear and terror in his victims. Five were held hostage mid-day as the client demanded from…

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What is An Assault on a Female Charge in North Carolina?

North Carolina has a number of different classifications for assault cases. Assaults can be charged at a misdemeanor or felony level and can be differentiated by age of the victim as well as gender. When a woman is assaulted, the alleged perpetrator is usually charged with an Assault on a Female, which is a Class…

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Domestic Violence Cases in North Carolina

Domestic Violence cases require special attention in part because they are handled differently from other cases charged in North Carolina. A domestic violence case is a case in which the crime was committed in the context of a prior or existing domestic relationship. For instance, a fight between two people who were formerly in a…

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Domestic Violence and No Contact Orders

North Carolina, like most states, has special laws that govern crimes committed between people who have had a past or current intimate, familial, or dating relationship. These laws govern both heterosexual and same-sex relationships, although the recent passage of Amendment One (banning gay marriage in North Carolina) has put some of these laws in doubt…

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Change to North Carolina Domestic Violence Law

Each year the North Carolina General Assembly makes changes to North Carolina criminal law. You should be sure that the Raleigh criminal lawyer you hire is aware of recent changes – including the North Carolina Justice Reinvestment Act – which can dramatically affect the handling of criminal cases in Wake County. (Last year’s changes, for…

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Pre Trial Release Conditions

Jennifer Smith at the UNC School of Government’s criminal law blog has a useful post explaining the various exceptions to the general rule that people arrested ought to have conditions set upon which they can be released from custody. Those conditions may be as lenient as a “written promise to appear” or as part of…

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Domestic Violence Cases in North Carolina

Domestic violence cases require special handling in North Carolina. In Wake County, for instance, Domestic Violence cases (which include all cases of violence involving people who have or are in intimate relationships) are handled in a special courtroom called 4A. This courtroom is paid for by special funding from the federal government. Given understandable concern,…

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Domestic Violence: Who Presses Charges?

The Truth about Getting Raleigh Domestic Violence Charges Dropped Often in the heat of an argument, a husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend will call the police because they don’t know where else to go in order to calm a domestic situation. However, they usually don’t realize that the call will result in domestic abuse charges…

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