Highly Qualified Counsel for Restraining Orders

A restraining order is an order of a court directing a person or an entity to cease or refrain from doing any number of activities. Restraining orders most commonly function to limit interactions between people or people and their property.  

Between individuals, restraining orders, commonly called protective orders or orders of protection, often serve to prohibit a specific person from contacting or approaching another person (e.g. because of domestic violence), taking a child beyond a designated area, or selling marital property.

The Process of Obtaining a Restraining Order

Restraining orders begin with a petition filed by the victim of harm or harassment (the Petitioner) at the county courthouse. Specifying the allegations of harm or harassment, the petition will be placed before a judge near or on the same day it is filed with the court. A judge will then listen to the Petitioner state the allegations and make a ruling of whether a temporary (emergency) protective order shall issue immediately (and be in force for up to 21 days).

Regardless of whether the Petitioner is granted or denied a temporary (emergency) protective order on the day the petition is initially heard, the Court will set a date for a plenary hearing. In this hearing, the Court will decide if the protective order shall be extended for a greater period (up to two years).

At the plenary hearing, both the Petitioner and the Respondent (the person the petitioner is seeking protection from) will be able to testify to the allegations in the petition. Because this hearing can have long-lasting effects, it is extremely important that all of the facts, witnesses, and other evidence be brought before the judge.

Our Expertise

If you or someone you know needs a restraining order, you will benefit most from working with attorneys who are highly specialized in this legal area.

Nemeth & Oedzes, LLC, offers exclusive focus, extensive knowledge, and persistent representation to petitioners in restraining-order cases, as well as to respondents who are contesting allegations against them. Our strong supporting counsel ensures you better understand and navigate the process in the approval or denial of an order of protection.

With Nemeth & Oedzes, you have the advantage of our:

  • intensive case preparation (we take the time to fully evaluate the allegations and plan the best course of action)
  • deep roots and relationships within the Will County legal community (we are former criminal prosecutors)
  • training as prosecutors in trial practice
  • lengthy experience litigating jury and bench trials
  • focus on these specific types of cases

We leverage these resources to present your facts to the judge in the most thorough and convincing way. Whether you are a petitioner or a contesting respondent, you will know that no stone is left unturned in responding to or issuing a subpoena, gathering facts, withstanding objections, presenting exhibits, and calling upon witnesses. We also ensure that any allegations are qualified according to the Illinois Domestic Violence Act.

Your safety and peace (if a petitioner) or your justice and reputation (if a respondent) are far too important to be guided by anyone but the most well-versed and versatile restraining-order attorneys. Because of Nemeth & Oedzes’ time and practice before Will County judges, we know what they are looking for and expecting to hear in your case in reaching a decision that favors you.

We are here to serve you, inform you, and help protect your rights under the law. To learn more about our proficiency in restraining-order law, please contact us today at (815) 222-0381.