Orders of Protection in the Chicago Area

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To protect yourself from future acts of domestic violence, you need to establish an order of protection against the abusive party that legally mandates that the person keeps a safe distance from you and stops all inappropriate communication with you and your family. At The Law Offices of Michael P. Doman, Ltd., our attorneys guide clients through the order of protection process from beginning to end, including the initial court filing and any legal action that needs to be taken if the abuser violates the order. The firm collaborates with our clients to find out which type of protective order works best for them as we work to ensure their safety.

The types of orders of protection

Orders of protection, or restraining orders as they are more commonly known, are vital tools in protecting you against all forms of domestic violence. However, it’s important to seek the counsel of an attorney to try and establish the correct type of order that works in your best interest. In Illinois, these different orders include:

  • Emergency orders of protection: These orders are useful in cases when people feel like their safety is in immediate danger. An emergency order of protection lasts anywhere from 14 to 21 days and doesn’t require the abusive party to be present in court to obtain one. These orders are usually put in place until a court steps in and decides the next steps.
  • Interim orders of protection: An interim order of protection is used for the period of time between court dates when the abusive party is served with the mandate. These last up to 30 days and are put in place while a more permanent solution is reached by the courts.
  • Plenary orders of protection: Plenary orders of protection are established either at the end of an abuse case or in between court dates, if the dates are more than 30 days apart. These orders are up to the court’s discretion, and there must be definitive proof that abuse has taken place. A plenary order lasts up to two years, but it can be extended by a victim if necessary.

What does an order of protection guard against?

The exact details of an order of protection vary from case to case, but they generally serve to safeguard an individual or family from domestic violence. They include protective measures, such as:

  • Mandating that the respondent stay a certain distance from the individual
  • Preventing a respondent from contacting the individual by phone, mail or electronically
  • Forcing a respondent to move out of the home if the person lives with the petitioner

If the respondent violates any of these conditions, our attorneys are prepared to take further criminal action against the abusive party to ensure your safety. This includes beginning the divorce process and using evidence of abuse during allocation of parental responsibilities hearings.

Get the protection you need

If you need protection from an abusive party, call The Law Offices of Michael P. Doman, Ltd. at 847.897.5288 or contact the firm online to schedule an appointment. Our attorneys are ready to guide you through the protective order process from beginning to end. We maintain conveniently located offices in Northbrook and the Chicago Loop.

We serve all who need our help, including those who live in Chicago, Northbrook, Lake and Cook Counties.