Orders of Protection
Experienced Central Illinois Orders of Protection Attorneys
Order of Protection are legal documents signed by a judge that order a person (usually the accused) to stop certain behavior and stay away from someone else. Usually, orders of protection are entered in cases involving abuse or battery of a significant other, family member or acquaintance. These cases are begun by filing a petition before the trial court. A judge will determine whether to issue an Order of Protection against a person. In granting an Order of Protection, a judge can:
- Forbid someone from doing things;
- Order someone to do things;
- Make decisions about the custody and visitation of children; and
- Make decisions about property that shared property
Some of the specific issues that a court may order an accused individual to do include:
- Staying away from locations like the accuser’s home, school, or work;
- Stopping abusive behavior and activity;
- Stopping or avoiding contacting the accuser;
- Attend counseling;
- Pay child support; or
- Move out of a shared residence
Emergency Orders of Protection is usually granted right away by a judge to quickly stop abuse. These Orders only lasts for 14 to 21 days. The judge can enter this type of Order of Protection the accused individual receiving notice.
A Plenary Order of Protection is entered after the accuser and accused have appeared and argued at a hearing in front of a judge. This type of order may last for up to two years.
Interim Orders of Protection are temporary orders. A judge can grant an Interim Order while waiting for something else to happen, like a hearing or a trial. These Orders may last for up to 30 days.
Contact Koepke & Hiltabrand to assist you in protecting yourself or your children by filing an order of protection.