A Civil No Contact Order (CNCO) is a court order that requires a sex offender to stay away from the person that he or she sexually assaulted or abused. You do NOT have to be pressing charges or going through the legal system to get this.
Any person, regardless of age, who has been sexually touched in a way that he or she did not agree to. You do not need to have a relationship with the offender to get a CNCO.
No. A judge can issue a CNCO based on your word alone. If you have witnesses, a police report, photographs or injuries, or medical bills/records, bring them with you when you go to court. They may help your case.
NO! You *can* hire a lawyer, but most people obtain a CNCO on their own or we can help you.
Go to the Circuit Clerk’s Office and ask for the CNCO forms (or see here) You will need to fill out the forms and givem them to the Clerk who will file them with the court. SACIS (1-888-345-2846) and CAISA (1-866-288-4888) advocates are here to help. Don’t hesitate to call us if you would like us to go with you or answer questions before you go.
The CNCO will require the offender to stay away from you. The offender may be ordered to stay away from your home, school or job and may be ordered to not contact you by telephone, email, letters or any other way.
After you complete the forms, ask to see a judge for an emergency CNCO. The offender usually is not present when you have a hearing with the judge for an emergency one. This can last from 14-21 days.
The Police or Sheriff will deliver copies of your forms to the offender. This is called “service of process.” service is required by law. To obtain an order for longer than 14-21 days, called a plenary CNCO, you will have to return to court and state your reasons for the plenary CNCO.
You and the offender will have an opportunity to testify at the plenary hearing. If the judge finds that the offender touched you sexually without your consent, the judge will issue a plenary CNCO which can last up to two years.
If the offender was served your forms, the judge may give you a plenary CNCO even if the offender is not at the hearing. If the offender was not served, the judge will reschedule the hearing for another day.
You don’t have to pay to file your forms or have the Officer deliver the forms to the offender.
If the offender approaches or contacts you, call 911, and tell the dispatcher that you have a CNCO. Violation of a CNCO is a crime. The police are required to search for the offender and arrest them for violation.
We would LOVE to help you get through this! We have advocates here that can help you fill out the forms, accompany you to court, answer your questions and provide support.