Stalking No Contact Order
Stalking No Contact Orders are an option for individuals who are not eligible for an Order of Protection because the Respondent is not a “family or household member.” You can obtain a Stalking No Contact Order if you are ineligible for an Order of Protection and the Respondent (the person who you are seeking the Order of Protection against) has engaged in “stalking” behavior. The petition can also be filed on behalf of a minor child or an adult who cannot file the petition due to age, disability, health or inaccessibility.
A Stalking No Contact Order is a legal document that stops someone from stalking another person. Illinois Stalking No Contact Orders are Court Orders intended to protect individuals who are the victims of stalking and who are not eligible to receive an Order of Protection pursuant to the Illinois Domestic Violence Act.
“Stalking” is defined as any activity that makes someone fear for his or her safety or to become distressed. It must happen more than once, that means that there must be a pattern, for behavior to be considered stalking.
Some examples of a pattern of stalking are:
- Contact that started or has continued without the victim’s consent;
- Following someone;
- Approaching or confronting someone;
- Going to someone’s workplace, residence, or property;
- Delivering things to someone or someone’s property;
- Repeatedly calling someone (or their home or employment) by telephone or contacting them by mail, e-mail, or social media; and
- Damaging someone’s property or harming the victim’s pet.
In order to fulfill the definition of “stalking,” the Respondent must have engaged in a “course of conduct,” as opposed to a single act. Again, the Court is looking for a pattern of conduct. A “course of conduct” is defined as two or more actions that may include, but are not limited to:
- Damaging property;
- Appearing at the petitioner’s home, school or workplace;
- Making unwanted phone calls;
- Sending unwanted texts or e-mails; and
- Leaving objects for the petitioner.
If you obtain Stalking No Contact Order that means it becomes illegal for a stalker to contact you without your permission. If a Judge issues a Stalking No Contact Order, that means the judge has ordered the stalker to not do certain things to you including:
- Follow or monitor you;
- Threaten you;
- Talk or write to you, or talk and write to other people about you (whether by mail, phone, text, e-mail or social media)
- Interfere with or damage your property;
- Interfere with your pet;
- Come near you in public or on private property;
- Show up at your work, home, school or daycare; or
- Possess a Firearm Owner’s’ Identification (FOID) card, or possess or buy firearms.
The first violation of a Stalking No Contact Order is a Class A misdemeanor. Any subsequent violations are a Class 4 felony. Violation of Stalking No Contact Orders may also lead to criminal charges for Stalking or Aggravated Stalking.
If you are being followed, monitored, threatened or receiving unwanted telephone calls, you should seek experienced legal assistance before the situation becomes worse. Susan has been involved in many stalking cases whether you are the victim or the alleged stalker. Susan will listen to your concerns and the circumstances of your situation, prepare you for your testimony if necessary, and provide you with your legal options.