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.