Man Files Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Citing Bogus Restraining Orders

- Gary E. Williams

A North Carolina man has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a state legislator, his ex-wife, and others, citing conspiracy in his divorce proceedings.

William Neil Shelton officially filed paperwork for a $12 million lawsuit on November 5 against North Carolina State Rep. Sarah Stevens, law firm Stevens and Brinkle, Zack Brinkle, and his ex-wife.

Shelton has alleged that, during the course of his divorce proceedings, he was subjected to a number of bogus restraining orders that eventually led to an ex-parte hearing. Shelton was not allowed to be present at that hearing, and his custodial rights were removed.

Mr. Shelton noted that he has not seen either one of his two children for an extended period of time – now more than a thousand days.

According to the lawsuit, Shelton believes that attorney Stevens advised his ex-wife to file for a restraining order, even though he had allegedly never committed acts of domestic violence. Shelton was arrested a total of 79 times, but the district attorney could not produce any viable charges.

However, because his arrests were for “bogus” violations of a temporary restraining order, the court continued to renew the order for more than three years. 

Shelton’s lawsuit now claims there has never been evidence to suggest that he is a threat to his former wife or children.

Temporary Restraining Orders in Florida

Divorce is never easy. No matter what the situation is, the dissolution of marriage is often a trying time for both spouses and their families. However, there are cases that are more complex, as is the case in situations involving domestic violence.

If you have experienced abuse at the hands of a spouse or another member of your household, you and the ones you love can be in serious danger. In the state of Florida, there are statutes that provide a legal solution – the temporary restraining order. Such orders help protect victims of domestic violence, and can help avoid any further danger. 

Such orders are only temporary, as they serve mainly to protect the petitioner from imminent harm until they can appear in court. Should the court decide, a permanent order or injunction may be issued.

If you or someone you love is in danger due to domestic violence, or you have been unfairly accused of domestic violence, know that you are not alone and there are people there to help you. 

The attorneys at The Law Firm for Family Law are completely dedicated to working on family law issues, including domestic violence and temporary restraining orders. Our legal team has handled upwards of 1,800 family law cases, many dealing with complex domestic abuse situations.

We understand that these types of cases are as delicate as they are complex, and we are dedicated to providing you and your family the support and compassion you need during this difficult time.

We offer a free preliminary consultation to evaluate your case. Our attorneys invite you to call today at (727) 531-8737 to discuss your family law issue.