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IL domestic violence lawyerAbuse or domestic violence can come in all varieties. An alleged abuser can physically harm their victim or they can cause mental harm by verbal abuse or manipulation. Whichever form it comes in, domestic violence is a serious crime that can change the dynamic of a household.

Kidnapping is a felony offense and while it may not be directly considered domestic violence, in Illinois it is a way that an alleged abuser can violate an order of protection. This will bring about further consequences to the kidnapper.

What is an Order of Protection?

Most cases of domestic violence are when the woman in the relationship is the victim to the man. Some other cases see children as the victims to either parent. For each case, though, victims of domestic violence can elect to put an order of protection in place.

They do this by:

  • Reporting the abuse
  • Asking an attorney to file for one in civil court
  • Ask for one during a divorce
  • Request one during the criminal trial for abuse
  • Obtain papers from the circuit clerk’s office
  • Ask help from a domestic violence program

Once the protection order is in place, the alleged abuser will be barred from contact with the victim(s). This includes contact via physical proximity as well as phone calls or emails. In the end, protection orders serve the purpose of halting the abuse and protecting the victims.

Violation of a protection order is a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois. Abusers can go to jail for up to one year and/or pay a fine of $25 for first offenses.

How Does Kidnapping Violate a Protection Order?

Since an order of protection limits contact between abuser and victims, kidnapping goes against how the court expects an alleged abuser to behave.

Illinois law defines kidnapping as:

  • Secretly confining a victim without their consent
  • Forcibly carrying a person from one place to another with intent to conceal them without their consent
  • Deceiving a person to come with an alleged kidnapper to a secret place
  • Keeping a child away from his/her parent

These crimes are charged as a Class 2 felony in Illinois which the alleged abuser will face on top of punishments for violating a protection order.

Contact an Elgin, IL Domestic Violence Lawyer

Domestic violence cases can get messy if one person tries to seek vengeance against the other person. An alleged abuser could be framed for violating a protection order if the victim wants more justice than is lawful. If you are fighting charges for violating an order of protection, contact a lawyer from the Law Offices of Brian J. Mirandola to protect your rights. To schedule a free consultation with a Kane County domestic violence lawyer, call our office at 847-488-0889.

 

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=1876&ChapterID=53&SeqStart=12200000&SeqEnd=13600000

https://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/women/ordersofprotection.html

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IL defense lawyerDomestic violence affects one in four women nationwide. Unfortunately, many acts of abuse are not reported and therefore are not stopped. The reality is that silence about abuse can lead to the death of the victim. Those who do report domestic violence can then issue an order of protection against their abuser. In the state of Illinois, violation of this court-ordered document is a misdemeanor offense that can be elevated to a felony offense against second-time violators.

What Is an Order of Protection?

After reporting the domestic violence, a victim can hire an attorney and ask them to file for an order of protection against their abuser. Typically, this order is issued when the victim and abuser are relatives or spouses.

Once the alleged abuser has been given the order, it stops them from:

  • Continuing the abuse or threat of harm
  • Sharing a household with the victim, especially if drug addiction is involved
  • Coming near the victim and others protected under the order. This includes at home, school, work, or any other public place.
  • Hiding a child from the victim or taking a child out of state

The order also allows a victim temporary physical custody over all minors involved in a domestic violence case. Custody becomes permanent after the Illinois court decides where the child will be most protected.

An order of protection could also require an abuser to attend counseling and turn over all weapons to the police while the domestic violence case is under investigation.

If at any time an abuser violates the terms of the order of protection, they will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor punishable as a prison term of up to one year and a fine of $25. If an abuser violates a second order of protection, they will face a Class 4 felony charge.

How to Defend Against Order of Protection Violations

Since an order of protection requires both victim and abuser to appear in court, both parties should seek the help of a lawyer. For the alleged abuser, a lawyer is the best defense against false charges of violating an order of protection.

A lawyer can make sure that an alleged abuser’s rights are not being violated during the domestic violence case. At times, a victim could attempt to report false charges against an alleged abuser for revenge. The offender can defend these allegations by:

  • Proving the order of protection was not violated by means of an alibi
  • Prove the victim set up a situation that would make the violator break the order of protection
  • Prove mistake of fact or entrapment

Contact an Elgin, IL Criminal Defense Attorney

An order of protection is good to keep a victim safe from their abuser, but it can also be a tool for false victims to get what they want while punishing an ex-lover. Those who are fighting false allegations of order of protection violations should hire a lawyer from the Law Offices of Brian J. Mirandola. Our knowledgeable Kane County domestic violence lawyers can protect your rights and keep you out of prison. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at 847-488-0889.

 

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=072000050K12-3.4

http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/women/ordersofprotection.html

http://www.new-hope.org/facts-about-domestic-violence/?gclid=CjwKCAiA98TxBRBtEiwAVRLqu2S9Deoz0HuwKIYkziaSaV-j2JELVSExNAsghDQ7XBvlsGJFcWDxPxoCjHYQAvD_BwE

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IL defense lawyerChildren living in a split-parent environment are more likely to be abused by a step-parent than a biological parent. However, it is not inevitable that a step-parent will abuse or neglect a child that is not theirs. Parents who are not living full-time with their children may be more protective and just want to know that their child is not suffering any domestic violence or neglect. If signs of possible abuse are detected, a parent can call the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) to start an investigation.

According to Illinois law, a parent is required to report possible abuse when the evidence is present. The law also requires doctors, teachers, law enforcers, day care workers, and any other persons close to the child to report possible abuse so that the child can be protected. If the abuse is not reported, those who failed to do so can face Class A misdemeanor charges.

The Reality of Domestic Violence

The Illinois DCFS has already reported a statewide total of 80,505 investigations of child abuse for the fiscal 2019 year. This number is just 1,000 less than the 2018 fiscal year, but is well over previous years.

This number gives parents a good reason to want to make sure their child is always safe when not under their protection. The best way to guarantee safety is to communicate with the child’s full-time parent. If there is a step-parent involved with the child, both biological parents can make sure there is no inappropriate conduct made between step-parent and child.

Defense Strategies

If a step-parent does find themselves fighting child abuse charges, there are several ways for them to prove their innocence:

  • Kids will be kids: small injuries such as scrapes, bruises or cuts could be explained as “play” injuries. Children enjoy climbing, running around, and other activities that could cause them to fall down to run into an object.
  • Accidental: things can happen if a child is running around a house, backyard or play park. If a small injury is reported, DCFS will look into any accidental falls that may have resulted in cuts or bruises.
  • Discipline: spanking is considered an act of child abuse when there is clear bodily harm done to the child. A light swat of the behind is different than spanking with a wooden spoon.
  • Religious reasons: parents with a sick child could be reported to DCFS if they do not take their child to a hospital for medical treatment. However, if their religion says they cannot seek modern medicine, that defense can be used to avoid charges.

Parents are still urged to report signs of abuse to DCFS even if the injuries were not sustained by the hands of a step-parent - or anyone else. Child safety is important and DCFS will take the time to thoroughly investigate each case.

Contact an Elgin, IL Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or someone you know is a step-parent facing charges of child abuse, the first step is to hire a lawyer from the Law Offices of Brian J. Mirandola who can investigate the evidence and build a defense. To schedule a free consultation with a Kane County domestic violence defense attorney, call 847-488-0889.

 

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1460&ChapterID=32

http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/women/victims.html

https://www2.illinois.gov/dcfs/aboutus/newsandreports/Documents/ESS_Protective_Services.pd

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Kane County Domestic Violence Lawyer

Every year, more than 10 million Americans are physically abused by an intimate partner. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), this equates to one incident every 20 minutes. It is important to note many people accused of domestic violence are falsely accused.

Domestic violence charges can have a serious impact on your family law case and hurt your ability to gain future employment. If you have been accused of a domestic violence crime, it is important to seek skilled legal representation immediately. 

Domestic Violence Impact on Legal Matters 

The divorce process can be incredibly contentious, and in some cases, spouses try to use a domestic violence accusation as a way of gaining child custody or garnering a disproportionate amount of marital assets. According to the organization Stop Abusive and Violent Environments, allegations of domestic violence are made in approximately 25 percent of all divorce cases throughout the United States. 

In child custody issues, fathers often face an uphill battle going in, as only a small percentage of parents with sole custody are fathers. A domestic violence accusation can lead to a temporary restraining order, which may carry substantial weight in a family law case. According to studies conducted by SAVE, as many as 70 percent of all restraining orders are made on trivial or false grounds. It should be noted that 85 percent of restraining orders throughout the U.S. are issued against men. 

Legal Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction 

Outside of the potential impact on a family law case, a domestic violence conviction comes with serious legal consequences. Written within the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, a domestic battery conviction is classified as a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, that can result in up to a year in prison, as well as substantial monetary fines. If you have been previously convicted of a domestic violence crime, it is possible your actions will be labeled as a Class 4 felony, which can result in a three-year prison sentence.

Contact a Kane County Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer

Attorney Brian J. Mirandola has dedicated his life to aggressively represent his clients, and help them through difficult circumstances and unjust allegations. With more than two decades of legal experience in Kane County, he has witnessed and fought against false accusations meant to cause the loss of custodial privileges, the seizure of assets, and jail time. To schedule a free consultation with an Elgin, IL criminal defense attorney that you can believe in, call us today at 847-488-0889.

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=2100

http://www.saveservices.org/camp/faam-2011/false-accusations-of-domestic-violence-by-the-numbers/

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domestic violence, Elgin criminal defense attorneyDomestic battery is a serious offense in the state of Illinois. It is also an act that can be reported by someone other than your spouse, child, or significant other. Mandatory reporters—those that are required to report acts of domestic violence to the authorities—can be found in schools, doctor’s offices, and hospitals. Thanks to a new law, you will now find potential reporters in the salon as well.

Beauticians and stylists will undergo training to help them learn how to talk to victims of domestic violence. They will not face legal ramifications if they do not report suspected abuse, but they will be encouraged to do so when the situation is appropriate. The goal is to ensure that victims who really need help receive it, but not all people who are reported have actually abused someone. In fact, false allegations of domestic violence and abuse are rather common - more common than most people realize. What might a false reporting mean for you and your family?

When Mandatory Reporting Leads to Criminal Charges

Although mandatory reporting does not always lead to criminal charges, it can. The authorities may be notified, and if there are children, investigators from the state may show up at your door as well. The end result could be criminal charges for you, and possibly even a restraining order that may keep you from your family. If you have not done anything wrong, this can be a jarring experience—one that is frightening and confusing.

Alternatively, a beauty worker may encourage your significant other to make a statement with the police, even if they do not fully understand the situation. This, too, can result in criminal charges and a restraining order. It can upend your family and your life and may even result in long-term consequences, including difficulty finding employment, loss of parenting time or allocation of parental responsibilities in divorce cases, and more.

Protecting Your Rights in the Face of Domestic Battery Charges

If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges for domestic battery, it is critical that you seek experienced legal assistance. An attorney can protect your rights, help you fight for your family, and will work to achieve the most favorable outcome possible. Learn more about how an Elgin criminal defense lawyer can help with your domestic battery charges case. Call 847-488-0889 and schedule your confidential consultation at The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola today.

Sources:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-hairstylists-domestic-violence-met-20161216-story.html

https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/userfiles/Mandatory_Reporting_of_DV_to_Law%20Enforcement_by_HCP.pdf

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