Domestic Violence

The Law Office of L. Bryan Smith, P.C. has represented many people in domestic violence and restraining order cases. We help clients obtain 50-B restraining orders and defend others who seek to prevent the imposition of a 50-B order.

Whatever your particular situation, you should not try representing yourself. You need legal representation to achieve the goal you are seeking. Without it, your rights and your future may be placed in jeopardy.

Contact us in Wilmington for a free initial consultation about your case.

Getting a Restraining Order in North Carolina

Obtaining a 50-B order is a two-step process. First, you must obtain a temporary (ex parte) order from a magistrate. Our firm can help you complete the required forms and explain how to do this, or you can do it yourself. Judges grant these routinely, and the temporary order can provide immediate protection to you and your family for a period of 10 days. At the expiration of that time or before, a hearing will be scheduled regarding a permanent order.

Attorney Bryan Smith can represent you at this hearing. He can present evidence to the judge and seek specific conditions regarding the type and amount of contact (if any) that the subject of the order can have with you and your children.

Domestic violence or spousal abuse can endanger your life and those of your children. Get legal help and protection today from a skilled family law advocate.

Defending Against a Restraining Order

If you have been served with a temporary 50-B order, you need effective legal representation to protect your rights. If a permanent order is imposed against you, you will lose your right to own a firearm and possibly your child custody or visitation rights.

Our lawyer, Bryan Smith, can represent you at the permanent hearing — presenting evidence and interviewing witnesses in order to accurately tell your story. The goal will be to prevent the imposition of an order or to mitigate the specific terms of the order. It may be possible to resolve the problem in a way that avoids the imposition of a permanent 50-B altogether.

Some people make false or exaggerated claims of domestic violence, seeking to gain an advantage in a divorce or child custody dispute. The Law Office of L. Bryan Smith, P.C. will work diligently to protect your rights to the fullest degree possible.

Contact a Wilmington Domestic Violence Attorney

For a free consultation with L. Bryan Smith about a 50-B restraining order, contact our firm.