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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: Should I show up to the first hearing of a battery case if I don’t want to press charges?

I was a victim, I am a male, but I don’t want to press charges. I know the state can still prosecute her, but should I attend the first hearing or not attend.

I’m afraid they will see me showing up as a sign I want to pursue, when in actuality I love my girlfriend very much and this was... Read more »

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Nov 26, 2022

People miss court appearances frequently. If you are the offender and miss a court appearance, the Judge will most like issue a warrant for your arrest.

If you are the victim, and miss a court appearance, there is a good chance the judge will just dismiss the case.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: What does ‘no unlawful contact’ mean?
T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Nov 26, 2022

Consider no unlawful contact as a limited protection order. It usually involves crime where someone was arrested for domestic violence. It can also mean any attempt to communicate with the alleged victim of the crime, especailly a child. Generally, unlawful contact remains in effect until... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Domestic Violence and Internet Law for Illinois on
Q: I was charged with domestic battery but it was dropped to just a battery at the end. Why we’re my guns rights taken away

I wasn’t convicted of the domestic battery just convicted of battery

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Oct 21, 2022

Because that type of crime affects one’s eligibility to handle firearms in Illinois. Consider retaining a good defense counsel to dispose of the battery case correctly.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Victim lures defendant to place where no contact order is to humiliate cyber bully attack and cause distress to cause ha
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Sep 18, 2022

You only provide part of the scenario. The way this works is that you need to ask a question so that we may respond. Please repost with a question.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce, Civil Litigation and Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: How do I submit or produce videos at my court trial? What are the rules of evidence to get them in?

How do I submit or produce videos at my court trial?

I have a small claims trial coming up and I would like to know how or what are the rules of evidence to get videos I would like to show the judge in my case.

I have put them in for discovery so the other party does have a copy.... Read more »

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Aug 8, 2022

No attorney will guide you online how to practice law without an ability to supervise and monitor your actions as that would amount to malpractice.

Either seek guidance from requisite legal sources how to admit evidence in court or seek counsel.

Q: Can a coworker obtain a no contact stalking order and us continue to work at the same company, or do I have to quit?

A coworker filed a petition for a no contact stalking, alleging that I have harassed and intimidated them while at work, damaged their property. Coworker has never mention these allegations to our supervisor/HR dept., never made them aware that they were filing a petition. Coworker did not aware... Read more »

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Aug 8, 2022

It appears that you may have to retain counsel to protect your legal interests with respect to that no contact petition that will affect your employment directly.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law and Sexual Harassment for Illinois on
Q: Family members force me into a relationship, using my children as with an individual that is sexually active w/ them

Been going on for 10 years or more, mothwr(RB) states husband(JTB) let's her. Then when her husband gets caught I get the he'll beat out of me, GOT THE VIDEO. Then JL says I owe him money

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Feb 11, 2022

What is your question?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: I have false charges against me that were put on me strictly to shush me as a witness in my girlfriend's burglar. Help?

My girlfriend was advised by her jailhouse lawyer brother to somehow get or stage a domestic charge against me so that I couldn't be called as a witness in her now closed burglary case or come forward and she did a good job and I'm afraid the courts won't face the embarrassment of... Read more »

Alan E. Jones
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Alan E. Jones
answered on Feb 7, 2022

Definitely hire a criminal defense attorney in the county/town where your case is pending. Good luck!!

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Domestic Violence and Small Claims for Illinois on
Q: My ex has my car that i paid for. He has the car because both names are on the car. He totaled it and wants the title.

There is a restraining order so this is why it’s difficult. What do i do about the car situation and the title? I believe he’s getting money from the insurance company.

Chase Van Oostendorp
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Chase Van Oostendorp
answered on Jan 13, 2022

Is your ex your ex husband? If so, does the Divorce Decree state who retains possession of the vehicle? Is the restraining order against you or your ex?

These factors will have an impact on what your relief may be in this situation.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: False arrest

My fiance was arrested on November 25th for Domestic Battery and unlawful restraint and he is not guilty

Alan E. Jones
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Alan E. Jones
answered on Jan 5, 2022

I recommend finding a good local defense attorney from the county where the case is being prosecuted to handle his case. Best of luck. Al Jones

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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: I work at a domestic violence shelter. I have a coworker who has been giving me the silent treatment for months which

Is a form of abuse yet my employer does nothing

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer
answered on Jan 5, 2022

More information is needed to answer your question. Is your coworker singling you out and giving you the silent treatment due to your status in a protected class (race, religion, age, etc)? If not, and the reason for giving you the silent treatment is merely a personality conflict, your employer is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment for Illinois on
Q: What do I do for myself my mother tried to chew off my sexual organ at eight years old lied to the police and chestnut

She is a murderer and a psychopath every time I contact a lawyer they try to lie and say they do not work with my case type

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Dec 29, 2021

What do you want to do?

How old are you now?

Injury to your genitalia is an intentional act which means that it CANNOT be covered by insurance. This means that no attorney is going to spend their money to get a judgment that she can make worthless by filing bankruptcy. You would...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: I own a single member llc in illinois and only my name is on it as CEO. If I get a divorce, will my then ex get the biz?

So, my current husband is abusive emotionally and just now physically. I own a llc, just started it. My question is: if I get a divorce, is there anyway I can protect my business from him getting anything from it? He goes from job to job a lot. Thank you

*EDIT* so all the funds that went... Read more »

J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
answered on Dec 3, 2021

Your question is almost impossible to answer without knowing more facts. For example, how much marital money went into funding the business? Does the business have a value? Is the business totally reliant upon you? In other words, if you stopped working at it, would the business collapse? There are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: Do I need an attorney ? My ex is trying to get a restraining order on me a month after our breakup.

I have screen shots from Facebook of our conversations and when I told her I am done with the relationship and I am applying for college she got angry and is now trying to put a restraining order on me. My court date is the 28 of this month.

William Wolf
William Wolf
answered on Oct 25, 2021

Yes. You need an attorney to represent you in court.

This is no joke. An order of protection can have serious consequences when it comes to your future.

Get one with experience defending against these orders right away.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: My son's exgirlfreind is trying to put a restraining order on him. Should he contest it? Should I hire a lawyer for him?
William Wolf
William Wolf
answered on Oct 24, 2021

Yes. He should have a lawyer who can explain all the consequences to him of either fighting the request for what I assume is a domestic violence order of protection or not contesting it.

There isn't enough information to answer your question about whether he should contest it. He...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Civil Litigation and Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: How can I motion to exclude evidence from discovery of a video that skips and lapse in time?

Can a plaintiff use a video that skips and lapse in time for evidence in their case or can I motion to exclude it from being seen?

If so, under what grounds can I motion?

Video goes up to minute 2 then skips to 2:30 to 3:15 then skips to 4:05, lot of the video seem altered.

Dan Nold
Dan Nold
answered on Oct 1, 2021

You could do a motion in limine asking to bar the video due to lack of foundation. If it’s edited in some way, it has been altered and wouldn’t meet foundational requirements to be admissible evidence.

Probably a good issue to have a lawyer handle. Each county is different and has...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Support and Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: Can a judge suspend a case until another one is finished?

Prosecutor is in a more serious(felony) case vs a family court case. Is there any precedent notably in illinois that a Judge can suspend the lesser case until the more serious case is completed?

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Aug 20, 2021

Yes, a judge can do this.

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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: I was released on a $500 bond, didn't show up and now my case is under warrant calendar. Will they hold me with no bond

I didn't show up for the calendar date and it's a 6 year old warrant

John S. Fotopoulos
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John S. Fotopoulos
answered on Jun 21, 2021

Every case is different. It is essential that you retain an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: Is this a conflict of interest? Should I get a new lawyer?

My lawyer is asked by the judge to submit extensions for my spouse's order of protection because they don't have an attorney. Isn't this a conflict of interest for me, and can't I just have my attorney not do it?

J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
answered on Mar 30, 2021

There is no conflict of interest. Your lawyer could hardly say no to the judge under these circumstances. It's a mere courtesy to the court.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: My boyfriend is bipolar and wasn't taking his meds. He ended up assaulting me. Can I work with his lawyer to hel

So my boyfriend is bipolar and can become manic. He ended up assaulting me pretty bad. My family took me to the hospital were I found out I had a broken nose, two black eyes, a chiped tooth and bruises from head to toe. They pressured me to make report which I did but I thought I could drop the... Read more »

Dan Nold
Dan Nold
answered on Feb 28, 2021

Victims of domestic violence have rights pursuant to Marsy's Law. Those include the right to hire an attorney and be informed of everything going on in the case and the ability to make a statement to the judge. You should consult with an attorney who represents victims of domestic violence... Read more »

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