Have You Been Served 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 Almanza Law right away to understand the full scope of your rights and for assertive legal representation. We 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.
When someone accuses you of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or other offenses, it is common for them to pursue an order of protection to defend themselves.
Even without a court granting the order, the allegation by itself is enough to damage your reputation, which is why you should do everything in your power to defend yourself, starting with seeking an attorney.
At Almanza Law, you can meet with attorney Mark Almanza, who is committed to helping clients throughout the Chicago community, including immigrants of all levels of residency status. The experience that Almanza Law offers our clients can be instrumental in defending your rights and your name.
What An Attorney Can Do For You
An order of protection can dictate where you can live as well as tarnish how other people view you. Almanza Law is the legal representation you deserve in your order of protection defense. We fight to protect you from all types of orders, including:
- Orders of protection
- Civil no-contact orders
- No-contact orders
These orders can prohibit contact with the alleged victims; restrict the alleged offenders from going to specific locations; force them to change schools, work schedules or places of employment; and do many other things that can harm the alleged offenders' ways of living. Almanza Law knows what it takes to use the factors in your unique situation to defend your name and your rights from these charges.
Seek Your Defense Today
When someone is trying to place an order of protection against you, do not ignore it. You have the right to defend yourself. Let Almanza Law fight for you through your entire legal process. We take the time to sit with our clients and understand their individual needs, and we remain available to them 24/7 during our representation. Call our Chicago office by calling 312-380-9012 or emailing us here to schedule your initial consultation today. Hablamos Español.