Wilmington, NC asked in Domestic Violence for North Carolina

Q: Could I go to jail for a civil summons domestic violence order? I'm the defendant.

I have that order and a misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun warrant that I was served and released on a $5000 unsecured bond. I have court tomorrow for the civil summons order. Will I be locked up in jail again?

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Brian Lehman
Brian Lehman

A: I don't think you've provided enough information for a lawyer to give an answer with confidence. But, a summons in a civil case does not impose criminal penalties. However, once the civil court enters an order in the civil case (e.g., a restraining order on not contacting a person), it can be a criminal act to violate that order. If that happened, the police could arrest you and you would be arraigned again.

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