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Crystal Lake Orders of Protection Lawyers

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Domestic Violence Attorneys Serving McHenry County and Northern Illinois

While many divorces and separations are amicable, some are just the opposite. When domestic violence or the threat of violence is involved, you need help right away. At the law office of Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, we take domestic violence allegations very seriously. We assist our clients in getting orders of protection to provide an added level of security and peace of mind. We also work with those who have been falsely accused of domestic violence. In all cases, we make sure our clients' rights and safety are well protected.

Obtaining Orders Of Protection In Illinois

In Illinois, you can obtain an emergency order of protection based solely on your testimony, and you can file for an emergency order at any time of the day or night. Depending on the circumstances, a judge can have the abuser removed from the home and may grant you possession of property that could be in jeopardy following the order. An emergency order will last 14-21 days until a full hearing can be convened.

At the full hearing, the accused (along with counsel) has the right and opportunity to present evidence in his or her defense. If the judge feels that a plenary order is justified, it can be granted for up to two years. (Though it may be renewed an unlimited number of times). If there is a gap in time between when the emergency order expires and the hearing is scheduled, you may obtain an interim order of protection for up to 30 days. The accused abuser must have been notified of the hearing, however.

Handling False Allegations Of Domestic Violence

The high stakes involved in divorce and parenting time matters means that it is not uncommon for false allegations of domestic violence to be used as a tool to gain the court's favor. Some people will even go as far as to seek an order of protection to bolster their claims. Our attorneys are experienced in helping clients who have been falsely accused to clear their names and successfully defend against plenary orders of protection.

If you are the victim of domestic violence or of false domestic violence allegations, contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We will work with you to help build your case and aggressively advocate for your rights. From our Crystal Lake, Illinois office we represent clients throughout McHenry County and Lake County, and we have flexible hours for your convenience.

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