A domestic violence charge on your record can have lasting repercussions. It may affect your ability to get a job or be admitted to certain educational programs. A conviction means you may never legally touch any firearm ever again, and you may be criminally prosecuted if you are caught with a gun. The state of North Carolina takes these cases very seriously and special domestic violence prosecutors have been trained to pursue these cases.
Andrew McCoppin is our Raleigh, NC criminal defense lawyer at McCoppin & Associates, Attorneys at Law, P.A. With over 20 years of experience defending people from criminal charges including assault and domestic violence, he will put his experience to work with the goal of keeping you from being convicted. Contact us today to discuss your options by calling 919-481-0011.
Assault on a female is defined as a man over the age of 18 touching a woman over the age of 16 in a violent way without permission where the man and woman are in a domestic relationship (usually boyfriend and girlfriend, or husband and wife). Only a man may be convicted of assault on a female. If a woman touches a man in a violent way without permission and the man and woman share a domestic relationship, then the woman may be charged with domestic violence simple assault. A judge will issue a warrant for arrest (WFA) if the judge determines that there is probable cause to believe you committed a crime. Also, this crime may be charged in other domestic relationships like girlfriend-girlfriend and boyfriend-boyfriend. Other related offenses may include damage to property, stalking, trespassing, communicating threats, harassing phone calls, and interfering with 911 or emergency communication. Assaults between children and parents or between siblings are not usually charged as domestic violence assaults.
If you are arrested for a domestic violence assault, then the magistrate judge should issue an order that you remain in jail for 48 hours or until a district court judge can review your release conditions. If you are arrested on a Friday afternoon, you should expect to spend the weekend in jail.
Upon your release from jail, the judge almost always issues a No Contact Order prohibiting you from contacting the alleged victim of the alleged assault. This means you may not have contact with the prohibited person in any way. No contact means no telephone calls, text messages, e-mails, visits, letters, etc.
Contact a Wake County Assault and Domestic Violence Attorney
At McCoppin & Associates, Attorneys at Law, P.A., we provide aggressive defense against accusations of domestic abuse and violence. We understand how the prosecution handles these cases, and we know the defense tactics and arguments that are most effective. Don’t leave your future in the hands of just any lawyer; contact a certified criminal law specialist today at 919-481-0011 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case. Hablamos español.