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Illinois: Domestic Violence Lawyers
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Lawyers For Domestic Violence Cases
On this page, you’ll find listings for attorneys who handle all aspects of domestic abuse and domestic violence cases. Some of the firms represent victims of domestic violence, while others defend the rights of those who have been accused of domestic abuse or other related crimes. To find the lawyer who can best help with your situation, review the law firms’ profiles, visit their websites, and then contact them to confirm that you feel comfortable working with them on your domestic violence case.Protecting Victims
Domestic violence can include many types of abuse including spousal abuse, family abuse, and dating abuse. Domestic violence can also include emotional abuse as well as physical abuse.
Attorneys who assist domestic abuse victims can help you seek a restraining order (sometimes called a protection order, protective order, or order for protection) to keep your abuser away from you. They will also help you understand your legal options and provide insight into how domestic violence issues can affect issues such as child custody and child support.Defending The Accused
If you are facing domestic violence charges (or similar criminal charges), you need to get a criminal defense lawyer who understands domestic violence laws in Illinois on your side immediately. In addition to potential jail time, the possible outcomes for not addressing these allegations quickly could affect the rest of your life.
Need A Domestic Violence Attorney In Illinois?
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Detailed law firm profiles have information like the firm's area of law, office location, office hours, and payment options. Attorney profiles include the biography, education and training, and client recommendations of an attorney to help you decide who to hire.
Use the contact form on the profiles to connect with Illinois attorneys for legal advice.
How Do I Choose A Domestic Violence Lawyer?
Consider the following when seeking legal services and determining which attorney you plan to hire for your legal matter:Comfort Level
- Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?Credentials
- How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?Cost
- Does the attorney offer free consultations, or does the initial consult cost money? How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?City
- Is the lawyer's office conveniently located near you?
How Much Does a Lawyer Cost in Illinois?
In Illinois, a general estimate of the per-hour cost for a lawyer can range from about $130 to $400 per hour, depending on location, expertise and the complexity of the case in question.
In some cases, attorneys may opt to offer clients a flat-rate fee instead of a per-hour fee. This typically arises in criminal defense law as well as certain divorce court proceedings. A fee for a misdemeanor defense is usually far less than the flat fee for a felony defense. Representation on issues related to juvenile offenses and traffic offenses may cost you less than the representation on situations involving corporate law or bankruptcies.
Finally, certain lawyers, such as personal injury lawyers, typically offer clients representation based on contingency. If you win a settlement from such a case, such as slipping and falling at a business establishment and incurring a serious injury, your personal injury lawyer will retain a percentage of your total settlement, rather than charging you any per-hour or flat-rate fees.
If you cannot afford representation in a legal matter, legal aid may be an option to consider.
What Types of Cases Can an Illinois Lawyer Help With?
While an Illinois lawyer can take on cases of any sort, the most common criminal cases in Illinois involve simple assault or aggravated assault, sexual assault, violations of the Controlled Substances Act, burglary (business and residential), driving while under the influence (DUI) and severe violent crime such as homicide and armed robbery.
Illinois lawyers are also typically called upon to represent parties in marital disputes leading to divorce or separation, the custody battles common to such cases, and other civil proceedings.