How to Get an Emergency Order of Protection in the Chicago Area

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If you fear for your immediate safety, as well as the safety of your loved ones, it is important to immediately go to the authorities to establish an emergency order of protection against an abusive party. At The Law Offices of Michael P. Doman, Ltd., our attorneys have more than 25 years of experience helping clients establish and manage protective orders across the Chicago and Northbrook areas. Domestic violence is a serious issue, and our firm is dedicated to ensuring that you are protected to the fullest extent of the law.

What is an emergency order of protection?

An emergency order of protection is used when a victim is in imminent danger by an abusive party. These orders prevent an abusive party from coming within a certain distance of a victim or contacting them in any way, depending on the details of the case. Here are a few basic facts you need to know about emergency orders of protection:

  • These orders are only valid for 14 to 21 days.
  • They need to be established by a judge.
  • A judge can establish an emergency order of protection without the knowledge of the abusive party.
  • A judge can order the abusive party to be removed from the home if the threat of violence outweighs the hardships of moving out of the house.
  • A request for an emergency order of protection can be filed on weekends and holidays.
  • These orders are designed to last until a hearing can be held that establishes a more permanent plan.

When to get an emergency order of protection

Obtaining an emergency order of protection is a drastic step that should only be taken when a situation becomes increasingly violent and dangerous, including:

  • Physical abuse — This includes physical, sexual or emotional abuse that has been inflicted upon you by another person, including a family member.
  • Harassment — This is any act that creates an emotional disturbance or high levels of stress in your life. This can include unwanted sexual advances or threats of violence.
  • Intimidation of a dependent — An emergency order of protection can also be enacted any time your children or other dependents are threatened by an outside party or family member. This will also have an effect on any allocation of parental responsibilities hearings held afterward.
  • Interference with personal liberties — This includes threatening a person with harassing or violent acts to force the individual into doing something against your will.
  • Willful deprivation — These acts include depriving an elderly or disabled person of necessary medicine and food.

Get the protection you need

If you have been threatened by a loved one, call The Law Offices of Michael P. Doman, Ltd. to establish an emergency order for protection against an abusive party. With more than 25 years of experience, our attorneys have extensive knowledge of Illinois’ protection and violence laws. Call us today at 847.897.5288 or contact us online to get action on your order of protection. We maintain conveniently located offices in Northbrook and the Chicago Loop.