What Does an Order of Protection Do?
Simply put, and Order of Protection is a court ordered document that prohibits the Respondent to have any kind of contact with the protected party. Order of protection proceedings in Illinois are civil in nature, but do carry criminal consequences. If a person violates an order of protections, they can be sentenced to jail for up to 364 days and be imposed a fine of up to $2,500 for the first violation. Additionally, a person who is the Respondent in the Order of Protection proceedings, must relinquish their FOID card and turn over their firearms to the local police during the pendency of the proceedings.
Can I Get an Order of Protection Against Anyone?
"No Contact Orders of Protection," are designed to prevent abuse between family members and those related by blood. This includes, parents, children, siblings, people who have kids together, people that have dated or lived together. In Illinois, you can also get an Order of Protection if someone is stalking you. "Stalking Orders of Protection," are available for people who can show to the court that there is a "pattern," of stalking. Maximum duration for the Order of Protection to be in place is 2 years. For more information about Order of Protection, visit our page.
What Should I Do If I am Served With an Order of Protection?
If you are served with a Petition for Order of Protection contact Law Offices of Mitch Furman. I have over 20 years experience handling these types of cases. Let me help you through this challenging process.