DuPage County Domestic Violence Defense Attorney
Order of Protection Lawyer Serving Oak Brook, Wheaton, and Throughout Illinois
Not all Domestic Violence cases are one person physically abusing the other person. An argument may have gotten out of hand and the police were called to help diffuse the situation. If an arrest is made, the person charged can face misdemeanor or felony charges. Court supervision is not available for Domestic Violence cases, so receiving a Domestic Violence conviction means it will be included on your record, which could affect other areas of your life, such as your job and your family relationships.
Attorney Clarissa R. E. Myers is an aggressive lawyer who has experience handling Domestic Violence and Order of Protection cases. She brings an energetic and dynamic approach to each case and will work to get the best result for you. Ms. Myers gives each client trusted legal advice and will be your voice in the courtroom.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence is any abuse directed toward another person with whom the abuser has a relationship. Abuse includes physical abuse, harassment, intimidation, depriving someone of basic needs, or interfering with someone’s normal activity. If you cause bodily harm to someone or even make physical contact with someone, it is considered battery and can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.
As defined by the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, a relationship can be between:
- Married or divorced couples,
- A parent and child,
- Parents with children in common,
- Family members,
- People who are dating, or
- A caregiver and their disabled or elderly patients.
It is possible for others to see reasonable and responsible child discipline as Domestic Violence. If someone feels you are hurting or abusing a child, either in a public space, such as a park, or in a private space, they are obligated to let the authorities know they suspect abuse. Even if the circumstances of the alleged abuse may have been misunderstood, the authorities are more likely to investigate thoroughly if they believe a minor is being abused in the home. It is in your best interest to speak with an attorney right away if you are being accused of Domestic Violence.
Merely facing accusations of Domestic Violence can have a severe impact on your life. A Domestic Violence accusation may break apart your family; lead to severe consequences at your job, including termination; and negatively impact your relationships. You may face the stigma of someone whom others believe has committed Domestic Violence, and it is hard to recover from those accusations. It is important to have an experienced attorney on your side to advocate for your rights.
What Is an Order of Protection?
An Order of Protection is a court order which protects the person who is being abused from the abuser. The abused person, or any person on behalf of a minor who they believe is being abused, can apply for an Order of Protection.
An Order of Protection sets restrictions on the accused person, such as:
- Prohibiting them from having any contact with those listed on the Order of Protection,
- Prohibiting the continuation of abuse,
- Removing them from a shared residence,
- Giving someone temporary physical custody or legal custody of any children,
- Barring the accused from accessing records, personal property, or
- Barring the accused from showing up at the work, school, or home of the abused person.
Being accused of Domestic Violence or having an Order of Protection filed against you is a serious charge as you face multiple negative consequences. You want an experienced and tenacious lawyer on your side in the courtroom. Attorney Clarissa R.E. Myers has experience handling Domestic Violence and Order of Protection cases throughout DuPage County and working to obtain the most favorable outcome for her clients. Myers Law LLC gives trusted legal advice to all clients and listens to your side to be your voice in court.
Defending Against an Order of Protection and Domestic Violence Charges
An Order of Protection can be filed against someone by a victim of abuse or by someone who believes a minor is being abused, and a Judge will decide who is telling the truth. For example, one parent may be upset and does not want to allow the children to go with the other parent, so they file for an Order of Protection. Then you may lose out on time with your children. Whether you have children or not, it also goes on your record that you have an Order of Protection filed against you. This requires you to go to court to fight the Order of Protection. With an attorney, the Order of Protection may be dropped.
Domestic Violence is taken very seriously and may lead to misdemeanor or felony charges being filed against you. If you have previous convictions or even previous arrests, they may be used against you in Court. Having someone accuse you of Domestic Violence can have an immense negative impact on the rest of your life.
Speak with a DuPage County Domestic Violence Attorney Today
If you have been charged with Domestic Violence or have had an Order of Protection filed against you, contact attorney Clarissa R. E. Myers at 844-9-THE-LAW, or 844-984-3529844-984-3529, for a free 15 minute phone consultation today. Myers Law LLC is located in Oak Brook and serves clients in Oakbrook Terrace, Addison, Glendale Heights, Aurora, Lombard, Elmhurst, Wheaton, and surrounding areas. Se habla español.