Knowledgeable Raleigh Defense Attorneys Give You Options When Facing Domestic Violence Accusations
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If you have been accused of domestic violence or abuse, you may feel like the entire criminal justice system is stacked against you. Dependable legal counsel can help you understand and address your criminal charges. Hatch, Little & Bunn, LLP is a widely respected Raleigh law firm that has been serving people throughout Wake County and the surrounding areas since the 1950s. We have the knowledge and experience you need during a challenging time, and we take great pride in serving as your trusted legal advocates.
The varying forms of domestic violence
Domestic violence is a broad term that includes any violent or abusive action between couples and families. The parties may be married, dating or simply living under the same roof. Different types of domestic violence include:
- Verbal assault — This involves making explicit or reasonably implied threats of violence toward another person. An alleged offender does not need to actually make physical contact with a victim to be accused of assault.
- Harassment — If an individual makes obscene gestures in public, makes continuous threats, makes physical contact with or constantly calls or visits the home of the alleged victim, the person may be accused of harassment.
- Stalking — This involves the unwanted pursuit of another person, and may include spying on that person, making constant contact, making threats of violence or engaging in other habitual and abusive behaviors. Stalking may be done either in person or online.
- Abuse — This may come in the form of physical, mental, emotional or sexual abuse, in which the victim is made to feel unsafe or intimidated.
- Sexual offenses — The most common form of sexual abuse is forced sexual contact, but it may also include sexual harassment or verbal assault.
Penalties are severe for those convicted
Law enforcement officers, prosecutors and our society in general takes domestic violence very seriously, and it can be difficult for people accused of these crimes to receive fair treatment in the criminal justice system. Crimes related to domestic violence may be categorized as misdemeanors or felonies, with the latter associated with more substantial penalties, like months or years in prison, large fines and supervised probation. Individuals convicted of domestic violence offenses may also be prohibited from owning a firearm in North Carolina. Considering what is at stake, you should retain a trusted criminal defense attorney when facing these charges.
More than 50 years of experience serving Wake County residents
Domestic violence is a serious charge with long-lasting consequences. For the advice you need, speak with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney with Hatch, Little & Bunn, LLP. Contact us via email or call 919-670-1411 to schedule your consultation.