On top of all of the emotional turmoil surrounding a domestic disturbance, a charged crime can carry severe consequences for school and work opportunities. Please contact our office for a consultation if you find yourself charged with any of the following crimes. You can reach us at 919-913-4701.


Domestic Dispute Crimes: N.C.G.S.A. § 50B-1. Domestic violence; definition

a) Domestic violence means the commission of one or more of the following acts upon an aggrieved party or upon a minor child residing with or in the custody of the aggrieved party by a person with whom the aggrieved party has or has had a personal relationship, but does not include acts of self-defense.

  i.      Attempting to cause bodily injury, or intentionally causing bodily injury; or

    ii.      Placing the aggrieved party of a member of the aggrieved party’s family or household in fear of imminent serious bodily injury or continued harassment, as defined in G.S. 14-277.3A, that rises to such a level as to inflict substantial emotional distress; or

    iii.      Committing any act defined in G.S. 14-27.21 through G.S. 14-27.33

Forms of Domestic Violence:

a) Physical abuse

b) Sexual abuse

c) Emotional abuse

d) Economic abuse

 

Stalking/Harassing: N.C.G.S.A. § 14-277.3A

Definitions

·         (1) Course of conduct.--Two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, is in the presence of, or follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person's property.

·         (2) Harasses or harassment.--Knowing conduct, including written or printed communication or transmission, telephone, cellular, or other wireless telephonic communication, facsimile transmission, pager messages or transmissions, answering machine or voice mail messages or transmissions, and electronic mail messages or other computerized or electronic transmissions directed at a specific person that torments, terrorizes, or terrifies that person and that serves no legitimate purpose.

·         (3) Reasonable person.--A reasonable person in the victim's circumstances.

·         (4) Substantial emotional distress.--Significant mental suffering or distress that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.

 

A defendant is guilty of stalking if the defendant:

 i.    willfully on more than one occasion harasses another person without legal purpose or willfully engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person without legal purpose and the defendant knows or should know that the harassment or the course of conduct would cause a reasonable person to do any of the following:

(1) Fear for the person's safety or the safety of the person's immediate family or close personal associates.

 (2) Suffer substantial emotional distress by placing that person in fear of death, bodily injury, or continued harassment.