Fighting A Protective Order
If you have an order of protection (restraining order) filed against you in Illinois you can lose access to your children, your home and other civil rights. No matter the circumstances of the protection order, you need effective counsel for your defense.
At Reich, Jumbeck, Stole & Reeb, our attorneys fight for clients and work to get them the best possible outcome for their order of protection cases. We represent people accused of stalking and abuse in Will, Kendall, DuPage and Grundy counties. Our Joliet lawyers have more than 75 years of combined family law experience and a commitment to defending the rights of our clients.
Steps To Take If You Receive An Order Of Protection
After receiving an order, you should immediately follow its terms and call our law firm. If you take any actions against the person who filed the order, you can damage your case and may face criminal charges. Our attorneys will help you document the details of the alleged abuse and create a legal strategy that protects your interests.
Illinois has a few levels of orders of protection that have varying lengths which are:
- Emergency order of protection: A court can issue an emergency order on the day a person requests it and without notice to the respondent. Emergency orders can last for up to 21 days.
- Interim order of protection: Respondents can only receive an interim order after their first court appearance or after the date of the hearing. These orders can last for up to 30 days and a judge may issue these orders after an emergency order.
- Plenary order of protection: Plenary orders can last for up to two years, making them the longest type of order. A judge can issue these orders after reviewing case evidence in hearing.
While an order is in effect people should continue to pay child support, spousal support and any fines. A court order can grant temporary custody and support to the other party and if you fail to follow the order there may be repercussions for your parental responsibility agreement.
Skilled Representation For Order Of Protection Hearings
During the order of protection hearing, both sides will present any evidence of alleged abuse to the judge. With these facts, the judge will decide whether to extend an order of protection and temporary support payments. Orders of protection are not easy to change after judgment so you should work with our proven legal team from the beginning of your case.