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What can be Included in a Domestic Violence Order of Protection?

September 27th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

If you have been accused of domestic violence, you have likely already experienced several challenges in attempting to clear your name. Sometimes victims of an alleged domestic violence act will follow their legal charges with a request for a protective order. Protective orders can have serious consequences for the accused abuser, and it’s important that you hire an attorney to represent you before you lose important privileges and rights as a result of a protective order.

LauraIn Illinois, protective orders are only available to family or household members connected to an alleged abuser. There are many different ways that a protective order can be specified. Depending on what the individual requesting the order articulates, several different requirements may be put into the order, including:

  • A prohibition from any further abuse (harassment or interference with personal liberty also come under this umbrella).
  • A requirement for the alleged abuser to attend counseling courses
  • Stipulations ordering the accused to stay away from the alleged victim
  • Orders to give temporary custody to the alleged victim
  • Orders to block the alleged abuser from accessing children’s records
  • Orders to turn over any weapons in your possession to the police

As you can see, the consequences of an approved order of protection with these kinds of stipulations can have a serious- and immediate- impact on your life, particularly if you share children with the alleged victim. You might lose time spent with those children and temporary custody can even be awarded to the individual making these charges and claims.

If you have been accused of or charged with domestic violence and you believe the alleged victim will seek an order of protection against you, you need the services of a talented Illinois domestic violence criminal attorney. Do not let someone else decide your future for you; hire legal representation today.


Evanston Man Admits Guilt in Buying Stolen Merchandise

February 23rd, 2013 at 4:29 pm

LeeviA rare coin dealer has pleaded guilty to buying purportedly stolen valuables from undercover police officers who posed as criminals, the Chicago Tribune reported. James Coello, 47, pleaded guilty to “continuing a financial crimes enterprise” on February 6. His sentence includes 36 months of probation, 100 hours of community service and some fees and fines.

Although Coello originally had pleaded not guilty, the coin dealer changed his mind and made a plea bargain with the prosecution. “I don’t really know the many machinations of how this works. All I know is I paid a lawyer and he pretty much took care of everything,” Coello said. It is always important to discuss the details of your case with a criminal defense lawyer no matter what the charges are.

Coello was arrested in September after the undercover operation in which police sold him purportedly stolen merchandise such as jewelry, coins and watches. Furthermore, investigators found stolen property, which was reported stolen in recent burglaries, from Coello’s store.

The investigation into Coello’s activities had begun six months before his arrest when police learned that stolen valuables were being purchased at Coello’s store. The undercover officials said to Coello that the items they were selling were stolen. Coello also did not record the sales nor asked for identification from sellers.

If you have been charged with a similar crime, you need to talk to a criminal defense lawyer at once. Make sure your defense is in capable hands. Contact a skilled criminal defense attorney in Cook County at your earliest convenience.

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