Reeder & Brown, P.C.



Bolingbrook domestic violence charges defense attorney

Lawyers for Those Served With an OP in Joliet and Plainfield

Every family sees its share of arguments, and unfortunately, when these types of domestic disputes occur, a person may be accused of domestic violence. Even if you have not committed any criminal activity, you may find that an order of protection has been taken out against you. In these cases, it is important to work with a legal professional to determine your options for defense and ensure that you do not face serious criminal charges.

The attorneys of Reeder & Brown, P.C. have more than 25 years of combined experience, and we have worked with clients in a wide variety of cases involving orders of protection and accusations of domestic violence. We can help you understand your rights and work with you to achieve a positive outcome in your case.

Orders of Protection in Will County

A resident of Will County can obtain an order of protection by filing a petition at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, IL. A person may obtain this type of protective order if they have been a victim of violence or abuse by a spouse or partner, an ex-spouse or former partner, a parent or step-parent, a sibling, or another relative or person who lives in their household. Acts of domestic violence that may necessitate an order of protection include physical abuse, verbal harassment or intimidation, in-person or electronic stalking, or neglect.

When a person files a petition for an order of protection, a judge may issue an Emergency Order of Protection if they believe that immediate action is necessary to protect the person against harm. The recipient of the order of protection will be served with the order, and a date will be set for a hearing in which both parties can offer evidence or testimony to show why continued protection is or is not necessary. If a judge decides that long-term protection is needed, a Plenary Order of Protection may be issued, and it can remain in effect for up to two years.

An order of protection will put a number of requirements in place that the recipient is required by law to follow. In addition to forbidding any further acts of abuse or harassment, an order will typically prohibit the recipient from contacting the petitioner and any other family members named in the order, move out of the family residence, and stay away from the petitioner while they are at home, school, or work. A respondent may also be required to pay child support, spousal support, or other costs, and the order may decide how matters related to child custody or parenting time will be handled while it is in effect.

If you have been served with an order of protection, it is important to follow its terms, even if it is based on false accusations of domestic violence or abuse. Violating an order of protection is a serious offense that can result in criminal charges, steep fines, and jail time. At the hearing for a Plenary Order of Protection, you will be able to plead your case, tell your side of the story, and demonstrate that you are not a danger to your family members.

Contact a Will County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Accusations of domestic violence can affect every part of your life, including your relationships with family and friends, your career, and even your personal freedom. At Reeder & Brown, P.C., we understand the ramifications of these allegations, and we are prepared to provide you with the defense you need. We will help you understand your rights and legal options, and we will provide representation in a hearing and advocate for the dismissal of false charges. To schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help, contact us today at 815-885-5980.

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