Practice Area: Orders of Protection
An order of protection, which is a legal order signed by a judge, requires someone to stay away from another person. Orders of protection are commonly called restraining orders, and they can pose serious problems when it comes to seeing your children, going to your own home, and going about your everyday life.
In order for someone to obtain an order of protection against you, he or she must be a family or household member. A judge may issue an order of protection after allegations of domestic battery or aggravated domestic battery, even if those allegations later prove to be false.
There are three types of orders of protection: emergency, interim and plenary. Emergency orders of protection generally last 14 to 21 days. Interim orders of protection are generally temporary and can last for up to 30 days. Plenary orders of protection are more permanent and may last for up to 2 years.
The Consequences of an Order of Protection in Illinois
If someone successfully gets a judge to sign an order of protection against you, it may restrict you from:
Threatening or abusing the alleged victim
- Entering your own home
- Order you to stay away from the alleged victim
- Require you to attend counseling
Prohibit you from visiting your children
Prohibit you from taking your children out of state
Require you to appear in court
- Take away possession of your children
Bar you from accessing your own children’s records
Require you to give personal property to the alleged victim
Prevent you from selling, damaging or destroying certain personal property
Require you to turn over your weapons to law enforcement
Stop you from taking any number of other actions that the judge deems necessary
What to Do if You’re Under an Order of Protection in Chicago
If someone files for an order of protection against you, it can seriously jeopardize your everyday life. It’s important that you hire tough legal representation – a criminal defense attorney who will fight to preserve your rights and ensure the best possible outcome in your case.
Call us at 847-920-4540 or get in touch with us online. You deserve to have a knowledgeable lawyer in your corner – and we can help.
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