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Orders of Protection 

A Sheriff coming to your house and serving you with an Order of Protection may be a frightening and a confusing experience.  The consequences of having an order of protection entered against you may be quite serious.  We are here to help.  At the Grabowski Law Group we have helped many of our clients fight and dismiss their Order of Protection.  We can help you as well.     

What is an Order of Protection

The Illinois Domestic Violence Act sets out the rules that govern orders of protection in Illinois. (750 ILCS 60/)  An order of protection is a court order that prohibits the Respondent (person whom the order of protection is entered against) from engaging in various acts.  The general purpose of an order of protection is to deter further harm and to reduce the abuser's access to the victim.  An order of protection may prohibit the Respondent from contacting the Petitioner in anyway, it may order the Respondent to stay away from various areas, may require the Respondent to take counseling classes, or it may order numerous other things to protect the Petitioner.   

 

Who can file for an Order of Protection?

The Illinois Domestic Violence Act  statute 750 ILCS 60/201(b) states that a petition for an order of protection may be filed only by:
(1) "a person who has been abused by a family or house hold member"
(2) "by any person on behalf o fa minor child or an adult who has been abused by a family or household member and who, because of age, health, disability, or inaccessibility, cannot file the petition"
(3) "by any person on behalf of a high-risk adult with disabilities who has been abused, neglected, or exploited by a family or household member."

Throughout the years courts have defined what these rules mean and who is and who is not included in each of the groups of individuals who may file for an Order of Protection.  If you are filing for an order of protection or if you are defending against one, you need an attorney that understands and has a good knowledge of the law. 

What are the consequences if an Order of Protection is entered against me?

Having an order of protection may have a number of long lasting consequences.  You may be prevent from entering or being in certain areas; this may include your residence.  You may be prohibited from possessing any firearms; might have to turn in your FOID or Conceal Carry License.  Violation of an order of protection may be prosecuted as an independent criminal offense with very serious consequences, including jail time. 

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