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Illinois restraining order lawyersHere in the state of Illinois, orders of protection are defined in the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986, as a safeguard for a victim of abuse, seeking protection from an offender. Criminal acts that could warrant an order of protection, include acts of domestic violence, stalking, harassment, and sexual assault. If you have been served with a protective order, it is important to understand the language of the order and avoid any violations.

Three Types of Orders of Protection

In the state of Illinois, there are three types of protective orders, an emergency order of protection (EOP), a plenary order, and an interim order of protection. An emergency order of protection can be issued without notifying the respondent, due to the risk of harm. While an emergency order of protection represents a sufficient option for the short term, these orders are only valid for a maximum of 21 days. As soon as an emergency order is issued, a hearing for a plenary order is scheduled. A plenary order can only be issued after a hearing with both the petitioner and respondent (the respondent can choose to remain absent for the hearing, but must be notified of the hearing date). A plenary order can last for a maximum of two years. An interim order of protection can be issued if the respondent has been served but the litigation is still in process. Interim orders of protection last for a maximum of 30 days.

Violating an Order of Protection

If you have been served with a protective order, it is critically important to have thorough conversations with your attorney about the language of the order. Violating non-contact rules can potentially result in criminal punishment. Depending on the rules set in court, non-contact rules could include phone calls, emails, social media posts, or contact through a third party. In the state of Illinois, protective order violation can result in a Class A Misdemeanor. If you are convicted of more than one violation under the same order of protection, you will be charged with a Class 4 Felony. A Class 4 Felony can lead to up to 3 years in prison, and fines of up to $25,000.

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order of protectionDomestic violence continues to be a serious issue all across the United States, including in Illinois. One of the ways the state has tried to address these problems is through the Illinois Domestic Violence Act. This law established a way for victims to get orders of protection, also called restraining orders, issued from the courts to help keep abusers away from victims and the victim's children. However, the system is far from perfect. Sometimes orders are issued when there has been no domestic violence. Protective orders can have serious consequences during a divorce.

What to Do Once You Have Been Served

Often the first you ever hear about a protective order is when you are served a copy of the order. While suddenly finding out you have been accused of abuse can be upsetting, it is important that you comply with the order right away.

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Posted on in Family Law

If someone is in a dangerous relationship or is a victim of domestic violence, their primary concern is making sure that they and their children are safe. There are many ways to achieve safety, and one option available for victims to achieve safety is through the use of an order of protection.

What is an Order of Protection?

Orders of protection are court orders that protect victims of domestic violence by placing limits on the behavior of abusers; an abuser who violates an order of protection can be arrested for the violation, as well as liable for civil contempt.

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