New Domestic Violence Laws Affect Cell Phone Bills
Cell phones have become a staple in our daily lives. We scroll social media, check bank accounts, and send business emails—even when we are in our homes with our families and sitting on the couch. Moreover, cellular devices are extremely helpful in emergency situations, enabling those in danger to contact someone able to help.
For victims of domestic abuse, cell phones may be their only chance at getting to safety. Illinois enacted a new law this year which will have a direct impact on the cell phone bill of anyone involved in a domestic violence dispute.
The New Law
According to the new law that went into effect as of January 1, 2018, anyone approved with an order of protection from a judge can separate their cell phone account from their accused abusers. During the petition for the court order, an alleged victim can request the service. Once approved, the court clerk will then contact the service provider directly, requesting the transfer of that phone number into the victim’s name, free of charge. The request may include any of the children’s phone lines, as well. The provider then has 72 hours to respond to the request. This law is a massive victory for those victims in real danger. Previously, these individuals needed to go to the cell phone company directly and explain their story to yet another stranger, only to discover that transferring the numbers would be costly.
One potential downfall to this new law becomes apparent: what is stopping those people who are merely going through a rough breakup or a divorce from claiming domestic abuse to save the cost of transferring the service? It is terrifying enough to be accused of a crime, let alone falsely accused to gain a financial benefit. Already, false domestic violence charges are not uncommon. Individuals call police during a heated argument, and at a moment when emotions overrule rational thought. Once the police arrive, the caller is often too scared, ashamed, or emotional to let the police know they lied during his or her phone call. Thus, this leads to domestic violence charges. With the new added benefit of being able to sever phone contracts, it is possible that false accusation statistics may increase.
Your Next Move Matters
If you are facing domestic violence accusations, your next steps are essential. You should plan them carefully to avoid costly, life-altering mistakes. Charges such as these require swift and aggressive action from your Wheaton, IL criminal defense lawyer. The attorneys at Davi Law Group, LLC understand the damage these accusations cause and will use their vast knowledge, skills, and experience to defend your freedom and reputation. Contact us today at 630-580-6373 to schedule your initial consultation.