DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ORDERS OF PROTECTION

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DOMESTIC BATTERY AND AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC BATTERY

A person commits domestic battery if he or she knowingly without legal justification by any means, causes bodily harm to any family or household member, or makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with any family or household member. If a person has a prior conviction for Domestic Battery, a Violation of an Order of Protection, or other violent offenses, a domestic violence charge can be upgraded to a felony.

Eryk Wachnik brings seasoned experience on your side in fighting allegations of:

  • Spousal abuse/domestic battery

  • Harassment/telephone harassment

  • Stalking

  • Child abuse

A conviction for domestic violence can irreparably harm your career, family and reputation. Attorney Eryk Wachnik is a former Cook County Prosecutor who has handled hundreds of trials in court and works closely with you conducting an in-depth analysis of your case. Eryk Wachnik has a solid record of achieving successful results. Call Wachnik Law LLC today at 847-892-5060.

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VIOLATION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION

A restraining order, or order of protection is a legal order by a judge prohibiting a person from having any contact with a certain individual or location.


There are two types of such restraining orders, namely, an “order of protection” where there is some sort of domestic relationship present and a “no stalking or no contact order”, where there is no such relationship present. These orders can be in the form of emergency orders, interim orders or plenary orders.

These orders prohibit a person from having any contact with the protected party, contacting the party via phone, text, social media or other means, physically abusing the protected party, intimidating the protected party, stalking the protected party interfering with the protected party’s personal liberties. The respondent may also be forced to give up possession of the residence and in some circumstances may be prohibited from seeing the children.

Violations of such orders of protection are serious criminal offenses. A first offense of violation of an order of protection is a Class A misdemeanor which is punishable by less than one year in jail. A subsequent violation of an order of protection is a Class 4 felony punishable by one to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Being charged with a violation of an order of protection is a serious situation. Conviction for such an offense can irreparably harm your career, family and reputation.


Attorney Eryk Wachnik is a former Cook County Prosecutor who has handled hundreds of trials in court and works closely with you conducting an in-depth analysis of your case. Eryk Wachnik has a solid record of achieving successful results and will use creative strategies to get you the best possible result in your case. Call Wachnik Law LLC today at 847-892-5060.