Orders of Protection Attorney
In the State of Illinois, an order of protection is available to protect someone against violence at the hands of another person. It generally applies to domestic violence cases, where the abusing party and the victim have a previous relationship Orders of protection may forbid a person from contacting the complainant, phoning or texting the complainant, or coming within a certain distance of the complainant. These orders may result from a separate civil filing or may be entered in conjunction with a pending criminal proceeding. If you have been served with such an order, you would be wise to obtain the services of an attorney to protect you from consequences arising from an inadvertent or purposeful violation of the order. If you are being threatened, and you need an Order of Protection to protect yourself or your children from someone else, it is time to seek a qualified attorney for help.
Kathryn Harry & Associates P.C. have represented clients on both sides of the fence; those served with an order of protection and those seeking to place one on a potential abuser. With more than 23 years representing clients in DuPage County, Cook County and surrounding areas, our experience and compassion can help you get through a very difficult time.
There are different types of orders of protection in Illinois:
Emergency Order of Protection: This order is usually granted by a judge immediately with the purpose of stopping the abuse. It only lasts 14 to 21 days. A judge can impose the order without having to notify the person the order is filed against.
Plenary Order of Protection: Generally, this order is entered only after notice to all parties has been given and there has been an opportunity to have a full hearing It can last for as long as two years.
Interim Order of Protection: This order is temporary and usually given while the accused awaits a hearing or trial. It may last for as long as 30 days.
Orders of protection are filed for various reasons. It is up to the complainant to prove that the order is warranted. Reasons for filing include:
- Physical abuse;
- Not allowing someone to leave the premises;
- Forced sex;
- Following or stalking someone;
- Forcing another person to watch abuse; or
- Denying care to a disabled person.
Orders of protection usually forbid the accused from coming within a certain distance of the protected parties. An order of protection aims to protect the victim by enforcing the following issues:
- Bringing a halt to abusive behavior;
- Keeping the accused away from the victim’s home or workplace;
- Stopping contact altogether; or
- Forcing the accused to move out of a shared residence.
A hearing on an order of protection will allow or require both sides to testify before a judge to state their cases. This means knowing what to say and what not to say. To prepare for your day in court, trust the experience of a domestic violence attorney with in-depth knowledge of orders of protection cases. Contact Kathryn Harry & Associates P.C. at (877) 889-4515 for your free consultation. Our law office represents clients for family law and criminal cases in Cook County and DuPage County; including the city of Chicago and its suburbs, as well as Elmhurst, Villa Park, Oak Brook, Bensenville, Itasca, Lemont, Naperville, Brookfield and surrounding Illinois communities.