Law Office of Philip R. Nathe
Neighboring Indiana recently initiated a new state program that summarizes the details of an Order of Protection on a wallet-sized card. Indiana is the third state to add the program and it may be something that comes to Illinois is the future.
When an individual receives an order of protection related to domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault that is effective for at least one year, they can obtain a wallet-sized card that summarizes the order’s details. The card includes a description or photograph of the individual subject to the order of protection. The goal of the program is to facilitate enforcement.
What is an Order of Protection?
An order of protection is a court issued restraining order against a family or household member who has committed an act of domestic abuse – physical abuse, harassment, threats and stalking. The order of protection may:
- Exclude a person from a shared residence
- Prohibit contact between the parties
- Award custody and parenting time
- Prohibit a person from possessing firearms weapons
- Require a person to pay restitution to the alleged victim
It is a crime to violate an order of protection. The penalties for violations include both jail time and fines.
The Hope Card provides law enforcement easy access to the relevant information regarding the order. The new card, however, is not a substitute for the actual order of protection.
Prosecutions for violations of a restraining order can include serious Illinois penalties. If charges are imminent, an experienced criminal defense attorney can explain options and ensure your rights are protected.
Source: WNDU.com, “Hope Card program launched for victims of domestic violence,” Aug. 15, 2012
For more information about this topic, please see our DuPage County sex crimes webpage.
Violation of a DuPage County Order of Protection