Orland Park Domestic Violence Attorneys
Lawyers for Orders of Protection Matters in Will County, Illinois
Unfortunately, domestic violence is not uncommon in Illinois and throughout the country. The Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 (750 ILCS 60/) defines domestic violence as physical violence, threats of violence, harassment, and interference with personal liberty directed towards any family or household member. Domestic violence is a crime that carries serious criminal consequences. The Orland Park family law attorneys of Kezy & Associates are experienced in working with domestic violence victims. We make protecting our clients and their children our top priority.
Orders of Protection for Domestic Violence in Illinois
Orders of protection are used to protect victims from abusers. They have immediate and severe consequences. An order of protection forbids the abuser from communicating with the victim or going near the victim. This can compel the abuser to move out of the family home and/or interrupt child custody and visitation arrangements. Failure to abide by the terms of an order of protection can have criminal consequences. There are three types of orders of protection for domestic violence in Illinois:
- Emergency Order of Protection: An emergency order can be obtained quickly based solely on the testimony of the Petitioner (victim). The Respondent (abuser) does not have to be present in court. An emergency order of protection is only valid for a short time (usually 14-21 days) until a hearing with the Respondent can be held.
- Interim Order of Protection: A 30-day order of protection can be obtained to bridge the time between when the emergency order of protection expires and the full hearing for the plenary order of protection can be scheduled. The Respondent must have appeared in court at least once for this order to be granted.
- Plenary Order of Protection: Following a full hearing in which both sides have been able to present evidence, a order of protection of up to two years can be granted. The order can also be renewed an unlimited amount of times.
If you or your child has been the victim of domestic violence, contact us at 708-518-8200 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options. Our Orland Park family law attorneys can help you through this difficult time and provide the legal guidance and representation you need to protect your safety.
While orders of protection are an essential tool for domestic violence victims, they can also be used improperly and unlawfully. False allegations of domestic violence and juvenile abuse are sometimes used as a weapon in contentious divorces and child custody matters. If you have been falsely accused and need to defend yourself against an unfair order of protection, we can help. Our firm works with clients throughout Will County and Northern Illinois.