7000 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights, IL 60463

708-448-LAWS [708-448-5297]

Law Office of James A. Podgorny

Palos Heights Order of Protection Lawyer

Alsip order of protection lawyer

Family Law Attorney for Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders in Orland Park and Alsip

Around 30 percent of women and 10 percent of men in the United States have been a victim of physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner. When a marriage or relationship turns violent or has the potential to do so, it is important to act quickly to protect yourself and your children.

If you are a domestic violence victim, or if your spouse has threatened you, the Law Office of James A. Podgorny is ready to take swift legal action to prevent further danger. We understand the emotional hardship these situations cause, and you can depend on us to be a sympathetic ally while we pursue every possible avenue of protection.

We also know that in contentious divorce cases, spouses are sometimes falsely accused of domestic violence in an effort to get a protective order that can be used to sway judgments in the case. If this happened to you, we will perform a full investigation and provide an aggressive defense to clear your name.

Domestic Violence Order of Protection

If your safety is threatened, a judge can grant multiple remedies to prevent abuse or violence, including:

  • A stay-away order, which may prohibit the offender from coming within a defined distance of your home, place of work, and other locations and may also disallow contact with you and your children via phone, email, mail, or through a third party
  • Ordering exclusive possession of a residence
  • Revocation of their firearm owner's identification (FOID) card
  • Limiting child custody and visitation
  • Demanding they attend counseling to address behavioral issues

This protective order can be granted to family and household members who:

  • Are or were married to the offender or are related by blood
  • Share or shared a residence with the offender
  • Have or possibly have a child with the offender
  • Share or possibly share a blood relationship with the offender through a child
  • Have or had a relationship or engagement with the offender

The Law Office of James A. Podgorny will serve as your dedicated advocate from the moment you decide to pursue a protective order. Because your safety is paramount, we will file your paperwork quickly and correctly to help the court take expedient action.

Types of Protective Orders

There are three different orders of protection for domestic violence issues in Illinois:

  • Emergency Order of Protection (EOP): Designed to protect the person who filed for protection prior to a full hearing, this order goes into effect upon approval of a judge and lasts up to 21 days.
  • Interim Order of Protection: This order may be issued after the accused party has been served notice of their hearing date and lasts up through that court appearance.
  • Plenary Order of Protection: The hearing for this final order is scheduled when an EOP is approved. For this order to be issued, a judge must make a determination after testimony from both the petitioner and the individual accused, unless the latter does not appear as ordered by the court. If approved, this order is valid for up to two years.

The Law Office of James A. Podgorny works with domestic violence victims to provide the necessary information to secure a protective order, including police records, any previous history of violence, and witness accounts. For those falsely accused, we will vigorously defend your rights, present evidence, and gather witness testimony to support your case.

Contact Our Orland Park Protective Order Lawyers

Whether you are the victim of domestic violence or have been falsely accused, immediate action is critical. Your future depends on it. Trust the Law Office of James A. Podgorny to pursue justice for you. Contact our Oak Lawn family lawyers at 708-448-5297 for a free consultation. We serve clients throughout the area, including Orland Park, Tinley Park, Oak Forest, Crestwood, Joliet, Palos Park, Palos Hills, Worth, Alsip, and Burbank.

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