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How a Restraining Order Can Help You

Published on September 8th, 2022

Restraining orders are signed by a judge and once this is done, the subject named in the order can face a broad range of penalties for engaging in acts that are deemed forbidden. Our family law firm Bloomington, IL residents recommend knows that restraining orders are most common in situations that involve threats, physical abuse, violence, sexual abuse, stalking, harassment, and other scenarios that cause a person to fear for their safety. A restraining order will name an entity, also considered the restrained person, who will no longer be able to engage in various activities or behaviors to, or around, the protected person. These things include, but are not limited to:

  • Talk, email, text, or otherwise contact the protected person. 
  • Hit, strike, assault, attack, or otherwise physically harm the protected person.
  • Stalk the protected person. 
  • Intimidate, harass, or threaten the protected person. 
  • Destroy property belonging to the protected person. 
  • Disturb the peace of the protected person. 

Depending on the order, the restrained person might also be required to stay a certain distance away from the protected person. Others, particularly those that include domestic violence or abuse, may require the restrained person to leave a shared household. In some cases, the restrained person might lose their right to see their children or even remain in the United States (if they are not a citizen).

What a Restraining Order Won’t Do

It must be understood that there is no guarantee the restrained person will leave you alone; however, it can increase your protection. If they do break the rules of the order, they could be arrested and punished accordingly. It should also be noted that just because you have a restraining order does not mean police will arrest and detain the restrained person immediately on sight. 

Get Help From a Family Law Firm in Bloomington, IL Today!

There are several different types of restraining orders. It is very important you choose the right one to ensure you receive the best safety and protection available. If you are concerned about filing a restraining order or are scared of repercussions, please speak with a family lawyer from a Bloomington, Illinois family law firm like Pioletti Pioletti & Nichols.

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