Domestic Violence

North Carolina Defense Lawyer
Domestic Violence Charges and Protective and Restraining Orders

Domestic violence is an area in which prosecutions are increasing exponentially. Changing law enforcement policies, court procedures, and zealous prosecutors have resulted in an onslaught of domestic violence charges in North Carolina. Domestic violence charges can be difficult to fight and the stakes are high. Don’t trust your defense to any lawyer — trust an experienced defense attorney who has the criminal law expertise needed in these tough cases.

If you are facing domestic violence charges, contact Attorney Barry T. Winston today to arrange your free consultation. Attorney Winston is Board Certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar and can explain your rights and the options available to you to build your defense strategy.

Remember, you are under no obligation to give any information to law enforcement officials. You have the constitutional right to remain silent and to seek legal help.

Domestic Violence Protection Orders

If you are the subject of a domestic violence protective order (DVPO) or restraining order, it is extremely important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. You need to fully understand your rights and responsibilities under the protective order. Violating a domestic violence protective order can result in serious criminal charges against you.

Aggressive Defense of Domestic Violence Charges

At the Law Office of Barry T. Winston in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, we provide aggressive defense to people accused of domestic abuse or violence. Under North Carolina law, domestic violence law applies to violence occurring between people who have close personal relationships, such as husbands and wives, ex-spouses, boyfriends and girlfriends, children and parents, and household members. Any act which causes or is intended to cause physical injury or any threat of physical force which makes a person believe they are in imminent danger of physical harm is defined as domestic violence. Domestic violence crimes can include:

  Homicide / murder   Rape or sexual assault  Assault / battery
 Breaking and entering  Burglary  Trespassing
 Kidnapping  Damage to property  Cruelty to animals
 Harassing phone calls  Communicating threats  Stalking

If you have been charged with any domestic violence crime, you face serious consequences if found guilty. Not only do you face possible jail time — if you are convicted of some domestic violence charges, it will be a federal crime for you to possess a gun or other weapon. In divorce proceedings, a record of domestic violence may adversely affect your rights to child custody and visitation.

If you are facing allegations of a domestic assault or violence, our firm can help. We have successfully represented many people just like you. If you are worried about jail time and other consequences if convicted of a domestic violence offense, contact the Law Office of Barry T. Winston to learn how we can help.