Judge signing restraining orderThis is the first post in a series which will discuss dealing with orders of protection in Peoria, Illinois. I am writing on this topic because many Peoria fathers aren’t aware of what their options are once an order of protection has been filed against them. The goal of my coming articles is to provide helpful information to those confronted with this situation. It is also my hope that I can assist fathers in making an informed choice when it comes time to select an attorney. If you need assistance, contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation.

I will be discussing several topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:

  • The process that occurs after an order has been filed against you
  • The circumstances under which the Court will likely issue an order of protection
  • Defending against restraining orders that are based on false accusations
  • Challenging a protective order in general

I believe that it is important to address these topics for a number of reasons. First, Peoria fathers should know what to expect after an order of protection has been filed. Having knowledge of the process will assist in constructing an adequate defense. Second, there are various circumstances under which a Court will issue an order. However, there are also situations in which the Court may deny said order. It is important to have an understanding of these differences. Third, it is not uncommon for a restraining order to be based on false claims. In those cases, it is crucial that sufficient evidence be compiled to show the falsity of the statements. Lastly, Illinois fathers should know that there are a variety of methods available to challenge an order of protection.

One point I cannot stress enough is how imperative it is that you contact a lawyer immediately in these cases. If an order of protection has been filed against you, it is only a matter of time before a hearing may be set to substantiate the allegations of the filing party. There are serious consequences associated with these orders and the Court will not take the claims against you likely. The sooner you retain counsel, the better chance you have of ensuring that your rights will remain protected. In addition to Peoria, I also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford.

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