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A Protection Or No Contact Order?
You must take allegations of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking seriously in Cook County. Do not ignore service of a protection order or no contact order, even if it seems like the filing party has no grounds. If you fail to appear in court, you will not be able to tell the judge your side of the situation. Speak with attorney Mark Almanza right away to understand the full scope of your rights and for assertive legal representation. He will help you tell your side of the story.
There is a long list of people who could file a domestic violence order of protection against you, including anyone related to you by blood, a former spouse, someone living with you now or in the past, someone you had a child with or were dating, among others. A victim claiming nonconsensual sexual conduct with you may file a civil no contact order. A victim claiming your actions amount to stalking and they fear for their safety may file a stalking no contact order against you.
If a judge grants a domestic violence order of protection, you may have to stay away from your family members, property and pets. You could lose your firearm owner’s identification (FOID) card and your gun ownership rights. If you violate a domestic violence order of protection just once, for example, to contact your children while the order is in effect, it is a Class A misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. A second violation is a Class 4 felony with a steeper penalty of one to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
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If you have been arrested for suspicion of a criminal violation, facing the Illinois criminal justice system on your own can seem terrifying. A conviction could remain on your record and limit your job and housing opportunities unless you obtain a pardon or qualify for record expungement. But you do not have to contend with criminal charges on your own. Call Almanza Law in Chicago right away for a free consultation to learn how an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help. Attorney Almanza understands how frightening your situation may seem at the moment. He will take the time to listen to your side of the story. He will help you understand the laws and what legal options you have going forward.
Law enforcement officers and prosecutors in Cook County have been known to overstep the boundaries of their legal authority and violate your rights when upholding the law. If you have been arrested for suspicion of drug and narcotic violations, weapons charges, homicide, sex crimes, white collar offenses or drunk driving (DUI) in Chicago or anywhere in Cook County, you have a right to due process and equal treatment. If a police officer uses excessive force, uses discriminatory language or fails to inform you of your rights, attorney Almanza is not afraid to stand up and ensure justice is served.
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