Civil No Contact Orders
Civil No Contact Orders may be issued when the defendant is found to have committed an act of non consensual sexual conduct against the plaintiff or to have stalked the plaintiff as defined by N.C. Gen. Stat. § 50C-1(6). Similar to the the DVPO, there is typically a temporary ex parte no contact order put in place initially. A full no contact order may be entered after the defendant has received notice through service of the complaint and a summons to a hearing and upon the judge’s finding by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant either committed an act of non consensual sexual conduct against the plaintiff or stalked the plaintiff. These orders are typically put in place for one year.
Violation of a Civil No Contact Order is punishable as contempt of court which can carry a fine and jail time.