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Category: Protective Orders

Illinois Domestic Assault: Is It a Misdemeanor or Felony Charge?

If you think that you could be facing domestic assault charges, knowing what you’re up against is the first step in taking action and fighting back to beat the charges against you.

Many clients ask us whether their domestic assault charge will be considered a felony or a misdemeanor. Domestic violence is what’s considered a “wobbler” offense. This means it can be considered either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances of the offense.

We’ve put together a [...]

Domestic Violence Protection Orders: What You Need to Know

If you are in a serious altercation with a significant other, relative, or household member, they may threaten to file a restraining order to keep you away from your children, residence, or certain possessions.

 

These orders are no joke. Having an order of protection placed against you can severely limit your freedom, your relationships, and your ability to live your daily life.

 

Orders of protection are issued by a county court to prevent further or future abuse. In [...]

Restraining Order and Protective Order—What’s the Difference?

If you find yourself facing domestic violence charges, chances are that you will also be up against one of two court orders: either a restraining order or a protective order (or “order of protection”). If you’re facing either of these orders, it’s important for you to know what they mean and the ways in which they are similar and different so that you will be able to understand how they could affect your life.

 

Restraining Orders

 

A restraining [...]

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How Aggravating Factors Can Affect Your IL Sentence

Aggravating Factors

Sometimes after a crime takes place, the perpetrator finds themselves in more serious trouble than they initially expected. Some charges contain what we call aggravating factors – and these factors can significantly worsen the penalties for a crime.

Recently, a man on a Chicago train in the Cermak Road area was stabbed in the face. Police don’t know what motivated the attack yet, but any discovered motivations could be considered aggravating factors in the crime. These could increase the sentencing [...]

IL Domestic Violence Prosecutions Down, But You Can Still Be Charged

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every single aspect of our lives, including how we get along with people in our own household.

According to the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline, tensions between people quarantined together at home have resulted in more calls to the hotline in 2020. In fact, they report a 16 percent increase in the overall calls compared to the same time in the previous year.

Yet even as calls for help from domestic violence situations skyrocketed, the number [...]

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