Served with an Order of Protection?

Want to know what to do when you get served with an order of protection? An experienced Illinois order of protection lawyer can help you win your case. There are important steps you should take . . .

Exactly what you should do depends on your case. Before taking any of the actions mentioned below, it’s best if you retain an Illinois order of protection lawyer. I wrote this article to expand upon one I wrote about a year ago.

Stop all contact with the petitioner

Most likely, if you were served with an order of protection, perhaps an emergency order of protection, you have been ordered to see all contact with the other person, called the petitioner.

If you make any contact at all, you risk going to jail. So don’t contact the other person unless you look good in orange and enjoy “three hots and a cot.”

Retain an Illinois order of protection lawyer

As an Illinois order of protection lawyer, I enjoy representing people accused of domestic violence. that might sound weird to say. But the reason I like it is because often the accuser is lying.

They’re cuter I be seeking an order of protection to get revenge after a breakup. Are perhaps to get an upper hand in a divorce.

if you have been accused of domestic violence, then that’s probably very upsetting to you. But when people have improper motives, it can actually be a good sign. The accuser might have a weak case.

If you are falsely accused of domestic violence, then hiring Illinois domestic violence defense lawyer is going to be your best bet in defending yourself.

There is no way you will be able to represent yourself as well as an experienced order of protection lawyer. If you go to court along, you will likely frustrate the judge and increase the chances that you will get stuck with an order of protection for two years.

Gather evidence

You will need together as much evidence as Illinois order a protection lawyer can help you understand what type of evidence is useful, and how it should be prepared for court.

Some people gather a lot of evidence that is irrelevant. That’s a waste of time. Sometimes, people don’t gather enough evidence.

As an Illinois order of protection lawyer, I will help you focus on what matters most. And that’s evidence. Evident wins cases.

As a lawyer, I can use various tools of discovery together evidence. For example, I could subpoena

Get mentally prepared

If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, you’re probably pretty upset.

Perhaps you never thought the accuser would do something like that to you. Or, even worse, you might have known this day was coming but couldn’t do anything about it.

Either way, you need to be mentally prepared for what is going to happen. I often told my clients to treat their own case like it’s a job. When I represent someone and defend them against an Illinois order protection, I want my client to act like my employee. I want my client to follow my instructions, and to get the job done.

I don’t really get a thrill out of being in charge. But I do like winning cases. The only reason I’m doing a client to take some action away to a case is to help me with the case.

if people are not mentally prepared to take on the task of defending themselves with a lawyer, then the case will suffer.

I often tell clients to separate the emotions involved in the case from what Ashley needs to be done to win the case.

Many times my clients feel very relieved after meeting with me and realizing they have a path to success. But nothing is guaranteed.

Be patient

Do you serve with an emergency order protection, then The accuser probably got the emergency order protection without you appearing in court.

That’s very frustrating. 

sometimes, people are served with a short form order of protection from the sheriff, without putting the complete order or the complete accusations from the court.

That’s also very frustrating, because you wonder why this thing was issued against you and what the other person said about you.

If you’re not patient, this type of thing can drive you nuts.

But don’t worry, your lawyer can’t get all the paperwork.

but then there’s the court process to deal with. When someone gets an emergency order protection against you, there’s a hearing date set 28 days away. But sometimes, a lawyer might need more time to prepare a defense. Maybe you’ve only contacted your lawyer when we before the hearing date. Or maybe the facts of your case are very complicated and take a while to prepare. Sometimes it can also take a while to gather evidence.

I think now you’re understanding that there can sometimes be delays. What you need to do is be patient so that the case can be worked properly. Sometimes I’m rushing a case can be detrimental. Probably don’t want to go to a hearing with a lawyer that is not prepared, or without the evidence you need.

Get a lawyer now

If you need an Illinois order protection lawyer, you can contact us here.We will talk on the phone a bit, then probably a schedule a meeting to go over your case.

Sometimes a person who makes accusations continues to contact the person against him she or he received an emergency order of protection. Is that the case, your lawyer may be able to set up the accuser to look like a liar in court.

Don’t go it alone. Put up a good defense.

About the author: Contact Illinois family law attorney David Wolkowitz at 312-554-5433 or online. He is a family law and divorce attorney serving Chicago and the Counties of Cook, Champaign, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. Areas of practice include divorce, uncontested divorce, child custody, visitation, spousal maintenance, child support, and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction & Enforcement Act (the “UCCJEA”).