I had an Emergency Order of Protection issued against me. How did I find out about the order of protection? The state police left me a robo-message telling me there was a problem with my CCL. I called the ISP who told me they couldn't tell me anything and I should talk to the sheriff in Kendall County. I called the sheriff's office and they said they couldn't tell me anything, that I would have to come in. I went to the sheriff's department and a very kind, very nice deputy said he couldn't find anything but there were a couple of more placed he had to look. He came back about 15 minutes later and said "I think I found your problem" and handed me the order of protection. I surrendered by CCL and my FOID card on the spot and the Oswego Police met me at home.
I had to surrender all of my guns and ammo, and was given ten minutes to pack. I was then thrown out of the house which I own and I pay for on December 24th. And yes, the timing was 100% deliberate on my now ex-wife's part. The first day I could get a court appearance was on January 4th due to the new year. I had to spend $1,100 on a hotel and could not be with my children for Christmas or New Year's Eve.
At 9:30AM on January 4h, my attorney and I were at the court hearing. Testifying for me were myself, my mother and my son. My attorney pointed out that deliberate falsehoods were told on the application which he proved immediately were 100% false.
The judge took less than 15 minutes to quash with prejudice the entire order as unfounded, order my gun rights to be restored, and warned my now ex-wife that another unfounded order would be met with significant penalties for her.
She left the courtroom crying, accused my attorney of being a "hired gun" (well....ummm..YEAH, that's the way the system works, darling) and ran out of the court house. The entire debacle cost me more than $2.000 to house me over the holidays and get the order quashed and my gun RIGHTs restored because the order was issued without any input from me or any chance for me to confront my accuser, cross examine witnesses or examine the evidence against me. It took several MONTHS and the kind assistance of Molly and our amazing NRA rep to get my confiscated guns returned to me. The ISP had told me it would be "six months or more" before they would reissue my FOID card and hat they didn't care WHO ordered my gun rights restored.
The entire system is unconstitutional and MUST be reformed. Denying someone a constitutionally guaranteed right without any appearance before a judge is unconscionable. I'd be very, very happy to testify on this gentleman's behalf at trial.
Oh, by the way, my now ex-wife's "amazing" boyfriend while all of this was going on had HER arrested three times for domestic violence, the last one included a felony charge for battery on a police officer. That's still yet to go to trial. She hasn't paid or filed taxes since 2013, refused to give me the paperwork for me to file them (the IRS helped out getting all the forms reissued from employers and such) and the state is now going after her to garnish her wages fore non-payment of child support. And yet, I'm still the bad guy.
Edited by videopaul, 23 April 2017 - 02:15 PM.