Raleigh Domestic Violence Attorney

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Have you been arrested or accused of committing acts of domestic violence against a spouse or another individual in your life? You are likely aware of just how severe the consequences can be, from imprisonment and probation to large fines. Your freedom and future are on the line when you have been charged with a violent crime of this nature, and our Raleigh domestic violence lawyers at Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh are here to defend you. We can build a strong case on your behalf and fight for your rights.

There are few things more frightening than being arrested for a serious crime. At our firm, we firmly believe in getting to know our clients - we take the time to get to know you, your story, and your concerns. With 50 years of combined legal experience, we are well versed in our legal abilities and work tirelessly to provide innovative legal solutions.

Contact our office now at (919) 887-8040 to request a free case consultation.

Common Domestic Violence Charges

Domestic violence can involve a variety of different charges, from mental and verbal abuse to physical or sexual violence. These crimes can be committed against a spouse, romantic partner, roommate, or even a family member. If convicted of domestic violence, you could not only face criminal penalties, but be prevented from returning to your home or seeing your children.

The most common domestic violence offenses include:

  • Elder abuse
  • Child endangerment
  • Child abuse
  • Restraining order violations
  • Domestic battery
  • Criminal threats
  • Harassment
  • Sexual assault
  • Physical assault

Can Domestic Violence Charges be Dropped?

In North Carolina, the accuser does not “bring charges” against the alleged aggressor. Instead, the state District Attorney brings charges based on the evidence from the case.

On the other hand, the victim or the prosecuting witness doesn’t decide whether or not the state will continue to prosecute the defendant. There is a “no drop” policy in Wake County, which means even if the victim wishes to drop the charges, the prosecution ultimately has discretion.

Will I Go to Jail for a Domestic Violence Charge?

If the domestic violence charge involves an assault on a female, it is a Class A1 misdemeanor that carries a maximum 150-day jail sentence. Stalking and violation of a protective order are also Class A1 misdemeanors.

How Long Do Domestic Violence Charges Stay On Your Record?

If a person is charged with a misdemeanor or felony and obtained a not-guilty verdict, he/she is eligible for expungement. However, a conviction of an A1 misdemeanor or felony for domestic violence can stay on your criminal record for the rest of your life.

Speak with a Domestic Violence Attorney

Every domestic violence case is different and requires representation from an experienced Raleigh criminal defense attorney. Our firm has 50 years of combined experience representing a wide variety of violent crime cases, including domestic violence. We understand exactly how much is at stake when you are facing charges of this nature and have a thorough understanding of the law. You can rely on us to investigate your case thoroughly and determine the most effective defense strategy to employ for your case.

To learn about how our firm can help, call us now at (919) 887-8040 to request your free consultation.


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