Can you drop an order of protection in Illinois?
You can go to court and file a Motion to Modify or a Motion to Terminate your Order of Protection . The clerk will set a court date, and you will have to mail a copy of the motion to the abuser. When you return to court, the judge will decide whether to modify or terminate the order.
Should I get a lawyer for an order of protection?
You do not need a lawyer to respond to a restraining order. BUT it is a good idea to have a lawyer. Having a restraining order issued against you can have very serious consequences, so by having a lawyer you can protect your rights as best as possible. Click for help finding a lawyer.
What evidence do you need for a protective order?
Decide the evidence you want to use. Evidence is what you present in court to prove that the Respondent has harmed or may harm you (and/or your child). Evidence can be your testimony, the testimony of witnesses, documents, photos, or objects such as torn clothing or a weapon.
What happens if someone violates a no contact order?
The violation of a no contact order is a crime. The violator will be held in contempt of court and can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. Fines for a misdemeanor can reach up to $5,000 and up to a year in jail.
Is a restraining order a civil or criminal matter?
A restraining order filed in a lawsuit is not enforceable by the police. It is a civil matter and must be enforced through civil proceedings. At times, the police may come out when called upon a violation of a restraining order, but they are not in a position to force the parties to obey the order or to arrest anyone.