Rolling Meadows and Arlington Heights Domestic Violence Attorney
Family Lawyer Helping Those Who Need Orders of Protection in Palatine, Schaumburg and DuPage County
Despite countless public awareness campaigns and educational efforts, domestic violence remains a serious issue that affects a large number of family law concerns. Domestic abuse allegations, even those that do not result in criminal prosecution, can directly impact divorce proceedings, parentage cases and the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time. The Law Office of Nicholas W. Richardson, P.C., recognizes the importance of addressing domestic violence issues and is experienced in working through such cases on both sides, providing whatever assistance a client may require.
Palatine Orders of Protection Attorney
If you are the victim of or have been threatened with domestic violence, you need to seek safety immediately. Domestic abuse may take a number of forms, most often including:
- Physical violence, including domestic battery; and
- Interference with an individual’s autonomy.
To be considered domestic abuse, the actions must occur between spouses, current or former romantic partners, parents and children, co-parents, siblings or between live-in caregivers and their patients.
Depending on the nature of your situation, an Order of Protection may be an appropriate next step. An Order of Protection is a legally enforceable directive designed to keep a dangerous party away from you or your children. In most cases, an emergency Order of Protection can be issued the same day as requested and may remain in effect for up to 21 days. An interim Order can be issued without a full hearing, but the subject of the order must be given the right to appear on his or her behalf. Finally, with a full hearing and based on presented evidence, a plenary Order of Protection may be issued for a period of up to two years. Violating the terms of an Order of Protection is extremely serious and can result in criminal charges against the offender.
Schaumburg Lawyer for Clients Accused of Domestic Abuse
As hurtful and damaging as domestic violence can be to a victim, allegations of domestic abuse can be equally damaging to someone who has been falsely accused. Attorney Nicholas W. Richardson realizes that an emergency Order of Protection can be issued without the accused ever having the opportunity to speak on his or her own behalf. Such an order can directly impact the rights and freedoms of the accused, regardless of his or her innocence, including the access to his or her home, children and, in some case, occupational responsibilities. While he is sensitive to the need to protect victims, Attorney Richardson is fully prepared to go to work on behalf of those accused of domestic violence as well.
When your family has been affected by domestic violence or unfounded allegations of abuse, you need representation from a law firm committed to your protection. Contact the Law Office of Nicholas W. Richardson, P.C., to get the legal advice you need during a difficult time. Call 847.873.6741 today to schedule your free initial consultation. Attorney Richardson is proud to serve the needs of clients in Palatine, Barrington, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights and throughout Cook and DuPage Counties.