Domestic Violence

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Domestic Violence in Wake County

Domestic violence is far too prevalent in North Carolina and the rest of the country. Victims from all walks of life suffer at the hands of abusers, and violence can escalate to the point of serious tragedy. McKnight Law takes claims of domestic violence seriously and works quickly to help victims. With almost two decades of experience litigating domestic violence cases, we have the tools necessary to protect you and your loved ones.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, don’t wait to take legal action. We can quickly  help you obtain a domestic violence protective order and also explore other legal options. Contact our Wake County domestic violence lawyer today.

Types of Domestic Violence

You might think that domestic violence only pertains to physical abuse. However, our Wake County domestic violence lawyer has helped clients suffering from:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse

Domestic Violence Protective Order

A domestic violence protective order can be a critical tool to protect you from your abuser. Unlike some other  restraining orders, the judge has powerful discretion when deciding what the domestic abuser can and cannot do under a domestic violence protective order. These orders typically prevent the abuser from having any direct or indirect contact with the victim, or coming anywhere near the victim. In addition, it can protect your household members and prevent the abuser from living in a shared home.

If you share a pet with the abuser, the judge can give you possession of the animal. Also, the order can prohibit the abuser from owning a firearm and force the person to attend a batterer intervention program. Finally, the judge can include specific provisions tailored to your case.

Who Can Get A Protective Order?

In order to get a domestic violence protective order, you must have a personal relationship with the person who committed domestic violence. Also, the domestic violence must have been committed against you or a minor child.

If you are currently or formerly married to the abuser, that’s certainly considered a personal relationship. However, you can file for a protective order if you share a child with the abuser or you dated the person in the past. In addition, you can file for a restraining order if you currently or previously shared a household with the abuser or if you’re related by blood.

If you’ve been abused by a same-sex partner but weren’t married or household members, you cannot file for a standard domestic violence protective order. While we disagree with that provision of North Carolina law, your Wake County domestic violence attorney can explore and implement other options to keep you safe, including no-contact orders.

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Why Choose McKnight Law

  • Purposeful Consultation – Discuss all your needs and ask us all your questions during your consultation to find out all the ways we can assist you. If you would like to move forward, we can begin building your case quickly.


  • Five-Star Reviews – McKnight Law has a five-star rating on Google and numerous accolades on other websites.  


  • Covers All Areas of Family Law – Our Wake County family law attorneys represent clients in separations, divorces, custody cases, alimony, child support, and more.


  • Committed to Clients – McKnight Law is dedicated to all the clients we serve. We find solutions to complex problems and work quickly to help our clients move forward with their cases.


  • Compassionate Services – We understand that family law cases are difficult for our clients. Our compassionate legal services take the stress away, so our clients can focus on family and loved ones instead of court hearings and cases.  

Purposeful Consultation – Discuss all your needs and ask us all your questions during your consultation to find out all the ways we can assist you. If you would like to move forward, we can begin building your case quickly.

Five-Star Reviews – McKnight Law has a five-star rating on Google and numerous accolades on other websites.  

Covers All Areas of Family Law – Our Wake County family law attorneys represent clients in separations, divorces, custody cases, alimony, child support, and more.  

Committed to Clients – McKnight Law is dedicated to all the clients we serve. We find solutions to complex problems and work quickly to help our clients move forward with their cases.

Compassionate Services – We understand that family law cases are difficult for our clients. Our compassionate legal services take the stress away, so our clients can focus on family and loved ones instead of court hearings and cases.  

Proving Domestic Violence

When you apply for a domestic violence protective order, the burden of proof rests on your shoulders. You must present evidence that proves that the person engaged in domestic violence. You don’t have to do this alone. Your Wake County domestic violence lawyer can help you gather the evidence you need. This might include witness statements, medical records, text messages, and social media posts. Then your attorney will present your case in front of the judge who will make a decision at the conclusion of evidence.

How Long Does A Protective Order Last?

The judge can grant a domestic violence protective order for up to one year. When it’s time for the order to expire, you can file a motion to renew it. The judge might find cause to renew it, even if the abuser followed the original order. This time, the judge can renew the order for up to two years. As long as the judge finds a good cause, you can renew it as many times as you wish. However, it is important to start the process before it expires so you always have an order in place.

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