The Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 was originally framed with the intent of protecting women, children, and adults with disabilities against repetitive and ongoing violence in the home. Because it recognized that in the past victims of domestic abuse often had difficulty protecting themselves and that the law had done little to help them, it granted the state a whole new body of powers and procedures for dealing with the crime. As a result, a person charged with domestic violence can expect severe repercussions if the charge is proven, making it very important that you employ an experienced domestic violence lawyer.
According to the act, domestic violence means physical abuse, harassment, intimidation of a dependent, interference with personal liberty, or willful deprivation of a family or household member. Your domestic violence lawyer can help you understand the exact legal meaning of these terms, and to what extent your actions or the actions of your domestic partner may be construed as such.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, the law provides you with much recourse for protecting you and your children from ongoing abuse. Most importantly, your lawyer can get an order of protection against the violent party, and potentially receive exclusive possession of your residence.
Being found guilty of domestic violence can lead to:
- Loss of custody
- Loss of visitation rights
- Loss of home or property
- Receiving an order of protection
- Jail time
If you are being charged with domestic violence, the prosecutor will go ahead with the case whether or not your domestic partner files charges.
If you are a victim of or have been charged with domestic violence, you need a lawyer who understands how these charges will affect any Family Law proceedings such as:
Call or contact our family law attorneys at the Law Firm of Thaddeus M. Bond, Jr, & Associates, P.C.
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Our Lake County domestic violence lawyers serve clients throughout Wisconsin and Illinois including Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Gurnee, Grayslake, and Waukegan.