- You do not want to involve the police or the state's attorney's office;
- The police or state's attorney's office did not bring charges against the abuser; or
- The violation of the Order of Protection is not a crime.
It is best to hire a lawyer to do this if possible.
2. Give legal notice to the abuser
You must give legal notice to the abuser through a form. This will notify the abuser that you filed the Petition for Rule to Show Cause. The judge will order the abuser to come to court and prove that they are not in contempt. The notice must include the date, time, and location of the hearing. Do not personally contact the abuser.
3. Wait for the outcome of the court hearing
The abuser will have a chance to go to a court hearing and tell their side of the story. It doesn't matter if the abuser actually shows up in court. The abuser just needs the opportunity to do so.
If the judge agrees with you, they can punish the abuser. The type of punishment depends on the violation. Punishment can include:
- Order to stay away from certain locations
- Jail time
- Court fees