When a simple disagreement gets out of hand, it can quickly escalate to shouts, threats and even blows. When one party is intoxicated or on drugs, it can make the situation far worse.
However, not everyone charged with domestic violence is actually guilty of this violent crime. Some angry girlfriends accuse their boyfriends of abuse in an attempt to “get even” for some offense. One parent may accuse the other of domestic assault to try to win full custody of the children during divorce.
Whether you let your temper get out of hand, or you were falsely accused of domestic violence, you can count on me. I am The Law Firm of Brent D. Ratchford, a Gastonia domestic violence defense attorney with more than 25 years of experience representing clients charged with everything from simple assault to murder.
In this state, statute 50B allows individuals who feel threatened to seek restraining orders against the alleged aggressors.
There are two types of orders. The first is an ex parte or temporary protective order. It is granted immediately and lasts for 10 days. During that 10-day period, a hearing will be scheduled to discuss whether the temporary order should become permanent. The second type of order is the permanent domestic violence protective order (DVPO). This can last up to a year.
As your Gastonia Domestic Violence Lawyer, I can represent you at the hearing and make sure your side of the story is heard. The other party has already shared his or her version of events with the police, but now it’s your turn to talk.
I will listen carefully to you, fully investigate the facts of the case, interview any available witnesses and take other steps on your behalf. My goal is to craft a powerful defense that protects you from the damaging effects of a conviction.