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Spotlight on domestic violence and Orders of Protection

We spotlighted the criminal charge of domestic violence in our immediately preceding Sullivan Law blog post. We noted in our March 11 entry that a charge/conviction in Illinois “can relate to an impressively broad range of conduct.”

The expansive universe of Illinois domestic abuse is underscored in an official state communication. An Illinois Attorney General website page stresses that any person in the state “who hits, chokes, kicks, threatens, harasses or interferes with the personal liberty of another family or household member” commits a crime.

Candidly, things can get a bit murky when it comes to what persons fit within the definition of “family or household member.” That bullet list is also expansive. Alleged victims can range broadly from blood relatives and extended family members to current/former partners, co-tenants and a host of other individuals.

A chief and first-line enforcement tool that criminal law authorities often employ when taking formal action against an alleged offender is an Order of Protection. The above-cited website notes than an order “restricts an abuser and is only available to family or household members.” An order’s application is impressively broad. Among other things, it can promote the following outcomes:

  • Prohibit continued threats and abuse
  • Bar an abuser from a residence or any other victim-occupied space
  • Impose child custody and visitation limitations on an offender
  • Require an offender to participate in court sessions, counseling meetings and other forums

Violating an Order of Protection can yield swift and severe penalties, including jail time and fines even for a first offense.

Persons charged with domestic violence and having questions or concerns regarding protective orders or any other abuse-linked issues can reach out to a proven criminal defense team for candid counsel and diligent legal representation.

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