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Illinois Stalking No Contact Orders Explained

Illinois Stalking No Contact Orders Explained

In this article, we will explain Illinois Stalking No Contact Orders.  Stalking No Contact Orders are court orders intended to protect individuals who are the victims of stalking and who are not eligible to receive an Order of Protection pursuant to the Illinois Domestic Violence Act.    

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How to File a Petition for an Order of Protection in Illinois

How to File a Petition for an Order of Protection in Illinois

In this article, we explain how to file a petition for an Order of Protection in Illinois, including what documents must be filed to initiate an Illinois Order of Protection Proceeding, what must be included in a petition for an Illinois Order of Protection, where to file a petition for an Illinois Order of Protection, and how to properly serve summons for an Illinois Order of Protection.

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Illinois Contempt of Court Explained

Illinois Contempt of Court Explained

The purpose of this article is to explain contempt of court in Illinois, including the difference between civil contempt and criminal contempt in Illinois, the difference between direct contempt of court and indirect contempt of court and Rule to Show Cause proceedings.   

‍An individual may be held in contempt of court for any actions that obstruct the administration of the court’s justice or that are intended to disrespect the court’s authority.  If you are held in contempt of court, the court may impose a monetary fine or jail time.  Contempt may be either a civil penalty or a criminal penalty.  Whether the contempt is civil or criminal it may be direct contempt or indirect contempt.  

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What Rights Do I Have If I'm Arrested In Illinois?

What Rights Do I Have If I'm Arrested In Illinois?

This article explains the arresting and charging process for criminal charges and your rights during this process.An arrest warrant may be issued in a variety of situations.  Many believe that a warrant is necessary before taking one into custody.  ​This isn't necessarily correct, there are many exceptions that provide officers the discretion to apprehend an individual. Often individuals are apprehended when an officer determines that there is probable cause, when a criminal act was committed, and when the individual has committed the criminal act.  This may provide an officer the authority to apprehend that individual.  ​​

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