Addressing Violated Orders of Protection
Orders of Protection (commonly known as no-contact orders) are sometimes sought by parties who allege that they are the victim of abuse, harassment, stalking or any other prohibited act perpetrated by a household or family member. Keep reading to learn more about criminal consequences for the violation of an Order of Protection (hereinafter “OP”).
If you require legal assistance involving Orders of Protection, call the lawyers of Gullberg, Box, Worby & Rogers at 309-734-1001 for dedicated representation.
What Does An Order of Protection Establish?
Orders of Protection often prohibit the Respondent from verbally or physically contacting the Petitioner (protected party), including contact at the Petitioner’s residence, place of employment, or any other specified place where the Petitioner is present, or making contact with the Petitioner inside a specified area measured in feet.
A violation of an OP is a criminal offense, in-and-of itself when the Respondent knowingly violated the OP. A first violation is classified as a Class A misdemeanor. A second violation is classified as a Class 4 felony. Further, the method by which the Respondent violated the OP (for example: by committing domestic battery, telephone harassment, kidnapping, or stalking, just to name a few) can be prosecuted as an independent criminal offense. The level of classification of the offense is determined by the nature of the independent criminal offense.
Contact Us For Qualified Legal Representation
Our attorneys have significant experience addressing orders of protection. We have assisted both individuals who are looking enforce existing orders and parties charged with violating orders. We understand how to confidently address both sides of the case, and provide you with assertive legal representation. Call Gullberg, Box, Worby & Rogers at 309-734-1001 or contact us online, and we will discuss the facts of your case and your options. This initial consultation is free, and there is no obligation to hire us after the consultation. With our main office in Monmouth, we represent clients in west central Illinois and eastern Iowa.