Domestic Violence Charges

North Carolina defines domestic violence as any attempt to cause bodily injury to someone with whom you have had a personal relationship. The N.C. law defines the act of placing a member of your household or family in fear of serious bodily injury to be domestic violence as well.  State law also prohibits continued harassment of someone in your household at a level sufficient to cause substantial emotional distress. Spousal abuse, child endangerment, child neglect, and domestic assault are all considered to be forms of domestic violence. Once an act of domestic violence has transpired, the court will usually issue a protective restraining order and other relief, such as child support, pursuant to Chapter 50B of the North Carolina General Statutes. A 50B restraining order terminates after a period of one year, but may be renewed by the court as long upon a showing of good cause. If a 50B restraining order was filed against you, it is imperative to contact an attorney to be apprised of both your rights and the consequences of violating the terms of the Court's order.

Unfortunately, familial discord is a part of life, and when problems in the home occur, it is wise to seek legal counsel at the earliest opportunity. Accusations of domestic violence are unpleasant and traumatic for all of the involved parties, and obtaining the advice of legal counsel soon after the incident is your best defense to ensure that your interests are protected. You should not speak to the Police by yourself, as misunderstandings regarding the events often occur, and any statements made will be utilized against you. A knowledgeable Charlotte domestic violence attorney can evaluate what occurred, prepare your defense, and effectively communicate represent your interests. 

Mr. Shumate represents clients facing a variety of domestic violence charges, including: 

  • Assault On A Female - N.C.G.S. 14-33(C)(2)
  • Communicating Threats - N.C.G.S. 14-277.1
  • Interference With Emergency / 911 Communication - N.C.G.S. 14-286.2
  • Violation Of Domestic Violence Protective Order - N.C.G.S. 50B-4.1

Chris Shumate is an outstanding criminal defense attorney.  Our firm has successfully defended many clients charged with domestic violence offenses. Chris is a discerning advocate for his clients, and he is attuned to the sensitivity of domestic issues. Mr. Shumate is prepared to handle your case with aggressive representation and the dedication to protect your rights. If you or someone you know has been accused of domestic violence, contact The Shumate Law Offices promptly to receive a consultation to have Chris Shumate evaluate your options free of charge.

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