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What you should know about an order of protection

There's two sides to every story. However, having an order of protection filed against you can feel very much one-sided. You might have a lot of questions about what will happen next, or how you should react. It's important to remain calm and do some research on what an order of protection really means. 

How an order of protection might affect your life

Aside from the initial wave of feelings, a granted order of protection changes a few things. First of all, an order of protection doesn't necessarily affect the person who filed it, other than supplying the requested protection. The rules listed below might apply to you, but not the petitioner.

There are a couple no-contact rules after an order of protection is granted, which include no:

  • Speaking in person
  • Social media messages
  • Social media posts
  • Text messages
  • Phone calls
  • Letters
  • Emails

Additionally, there are different types of orders of protections in Illinois, which include:

  1. Emergency order of protection: This type of order of protection starts right away. It's a court order that protects the petitioner - the person filing for protection - from the respondent, who is the person being filed against. However, the emergency order only lasts up to 21 days. The next step is setting up a hearing date for a plenary order.
  2. Plenary order of protection: A judge issues this protection after the hearing. You and whoever filed for the protection need to be present at court during this time. A plenary order can last up to 2 years. However, the court could potentially renew the order every few years.
  3. Interim order of protection: An interim order of protection lasts up to 30 days. The court doesn't always require a full hearing before this verdict. This order is usually used when there's a gap between an emergency order and a plenary order.

If you are dealing with a protective order, it's important to hang onto any recorded information, such as phone records, emails and receipts. Always carry a copy of your protective order with you, because an officer might want to look over the rules. Most importantly, make sure you stay in contact with a lawyer who can help you through the different phases of this difficult process.

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