An order of protection is a serious legal document—and you can get into serious trouble for violating its terms.
What is an Order of Protection in Illinois?
An order of protection—sometimes called a personal protective order or restraining order—is a document signed by a judge that prevents you from taking certain actions.
An order of protection can restrict you from going to certain places, contacting certain people, or even keeping your legally registered weapons. It may force you to give personal property to someone else, require you to appear in court, or require you to attend counseling.
What to Do if Someone Gets an Order of Protection Against You
For most people, it makes sense to talk to a domestic battery attorney as soon as they find out someone has taken out an order of protection against them.
An attorney will examine the reasons the judge had for signing the order of protection, and he’ll determine whether the order is legally justifiable. If it’s not, your lawyer will fight in court on your behalf to have the restraining order lifted. Your attorney may also be able to have the terms of the order changed to allow you to do things that you need to do (for example, if you’re unable to work because of the order, the attorney may ask the judge to make modifications to it).
What Happens if You Violate an Order of Protection?
You could be charged with contempt of court—an offense that can involve time behind bars—and you could be facing other criminal charges, as well.
Do You Need to Talk to a Chicago Order of Protection Lawyer?
If you need to talk to an attorney about an order of protection that a judge has issued against you, we may be able to help. Call us at 847-920-4540 for a free case evaluation. We’ll give you case-specific legal advice and begin developing a strategy that gets you the best possible outcome right away.