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How To Fight an IL Protective Order for Domestic Violence

It can be a surprise for many people when they are made aware they have an order of protection, sometimes called a restraining order, against them.

In many cases involving domestic violence, orders of protection are issued by the judge without the defendant being present. This means that you may have no idea that an order of protection exists against you until you are served with it.

What can you do to fight an Illinois protective order in your domestic [...]

How To Protect Yourself Against Illinois Domestic Violence Claims

In the state of Illinois, certain acts of violence are categorized as crimes of domestic violence.  When an act of violence is committed against a person in your family or household, then domestic violence laws can apply toward the charges against you, resulting in prison time, fines, and even orders of protection against you.

Being convicted of domestic violence can have a significant impact on your life and impact your rights. That’s why it’s crucial to understand the domestic violence [...]

Can Victims of Domestic Violence Drop Charges in Illinois?

Many people believe that if they are involved in an incident where charges are filed, then they can play a role in whether or not to press those charges against the defendant – and drop them if they want.

This isn’t always the case in Illinois, especially when it comes to cases involving domestic violence. Domestic violence offenses are complicated, and the laws are meant to help protect those who are victims.

Here’s what you need to know about what [...]

Why Did Your Chicago Domestic Violence Charge Rate as a Felony?

Domestic violence is a crime taken very seriously by the authorities in Illinois. Even if you’ve never been convicted of a domestic violence offense before, being charged with it once can have a huge impact on your future — especially if you’re convicted of felony domestic violence.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and felony domestic violence in the state? It’s an important distinction to be aware of, especially if you’re facing charges.

Here’s what you need to know [...]

IL Supreme Court Rulings Put More “Teeth” in Domestic Violence Law

Cases of domestic violence play out in complicated fashions. Often, many factors make them difficult to prosecute – and, in truth, they’ve not been prosecuted as extensively as they should in the Illinois court system.

All that may soon change. The Illinois Supreme Court has recognized that courts need to hold more abusers accountable. While they acknowledge the complicated nature of these cases, far too many end in tragedy.

Domestic violence in Illinois is on the rise, and stories of [...]

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How To Fight an IL Protective Order for Domestic Violence

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

It can be a surprise for many people when they are made aware they have an order of protection, sometimes called a restraining order, against them.

In many cases involving domestic violence, orders of protection are issued by the judge without the defendant being present. This means that you may have no idea that an order of protection exists against you until you are served with it.

What can you do to fight an Illinois protective order in your domestic [...]

What Does It Mean to Be an IL Sex Offender?

Sex Crimes | Sex Offender Registration | Sexual Abuse | Sexual Assault

Sex crimes, unfortunately, happen quite often. And maybe more often in Illinois than other places.

A study from SafeHome.org found that the state of Illinois has the fifth-highest number of people listed on their sex offender registry in the United States. That means that the state has more registered sex offenders than 45 other states out there.

This begs a salient question: what does it mean to be an Illinois sex offender? What types of crimes can put you on [...]

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