If you’re like many people in Chicago and the surrounding communities, you’ve had someone take out an order of protection against you – or you took one out against someone else – and you’d like to know if there’s a way to convince a judge to drop it.
Here’s what you need to know.
How Do You Convince a Judge to Drop a No Contact Order?
If you’re the person who asked for the no contact order, you can ask the judge in your case to drop it. While there’s no guarantee that the judge will do so, if you can show that you’re not being forced or coerced into doing it, you’ll have a better chance of getting it dropped.
If someone else took out a no contact order against you, the most important thing you can do is to stick to the order. Do not violate it under any circumstances – even if the person who has it against you wants to contact you or see you. If you violate a no contact order, you’re going to get in serious trouble; you might even have to spend some time in jail, which is the last thing you want.
We can’t tell you how important it is to avoid violating an order of protection. Do not violate an order of protection under any circumstances.
Your attorney can request a hearing with the judge where you can explain your side of the story. It’s very important that you work with your attorney when someone has an order of protection against you. An order of protection can, in addition to forbidding you from contacting someone, prevent you from doing things like:
- Entering your own home
- Visiting your children
- Taking your kids out of state
- Accessing your kids’ records (such as school and medical records)
- Selling your own property
- Keeping weapons
- A variety of other things
Sometimes orders of protection require you to do certain things, too, including:
- Attending counseling
- Appear in court
- Give personal property to the alleged victim
- Turn over your weapons to law enforcement
One of the best steps you can take when someone has taken out a no contact or order of protection against you is to talk to an attorney. While you may or may not be able to convince a judge to drop the order, your attorney can give you the legal guidance you need to get you through it without getting into more trouble.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Convincing a Judge to Drop a No Contact Order?
There’s never any guarantee on how a judge will rule – and what a judge rules in one case may not necessarily apply to your case. Your best bet may be to talk to a Chicago domestic violence defense attorney who can help you, so call us at 847-920-4540 as soon as you can. If it’s easier, fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.