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Category: Protective Orders

Does Your IL Protection Order Include a GPS Buffer Zone?

Domestic violence can have grave consequences for its victims. The most tragic is when their death occurs at the hands of their abuser, even when the law was supposed to protect them.

One such woman, Cindy Bischof, was gunned down by her ex-boyfriend in the parking lot of her place of employment. She had a protective order against him, but he repeatedly violated it. She had asked the court to affix him with a GPS monitor to prevent further violations. [...]

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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Signs of Domestic Abuse in Illinois

Domestic Violence

Many people think they understand what domestic violence, and domestic abuse, are. The truth is that no two situations involving domestic violence and domestic abuse are identical, since this type of crime can take many forms.

In the state of Illinois, domestic abuse is a serious matter. Illinois law protects victims and harshly penalizes those who break the law. Yet many people are unclear about what types of actions constitute domestic abuse in the state – and the various ways [...]

What Counts as Drug Paraphernalia in IL?

Drug Crimes | Drug Paraphernalia

While marijuana may be legal in Illinois and some small amounts of other controlled substances have been decriminalized, many drugs are still illegal to possess in Illinois. The paraphernalia associated with these substances is illegal and can lead to criminal charges.

Getting charged with possession of crime paraphernalia in Illinois can be quite serious. You may have to pay fines, be incarcerated, and get a criminal record that will follow you for life. Yet many people don’t understand that having [...]

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