Protection from Abuse Orders in Pennsylvania
Harrisburg Criminal Defense Lawyers Protecting Your Rights
Protection from Abuse Orders (PFA), which are meant to protect domestic
violence victims, can serve a valuable service if implemented deservedly.
But, what happens when a PFA order is an unjust exploitation of the legal
system? How do you fight back against false allegations and unwarranted
sanctions? How do you defend against insults to your character and restrictions
on your freedoms?
At Curcillo Law, LLC, we want you to know that you don't have to face
undue accusations alone! If you have been served with a PFA order, our
Harrisburg criminal defense attorneys can provide you with the effective
legal support you need.
Extreme Ramifications for Low Burden of Proof
Unfortunately, Pennsylvania courts are quick to hand out Protection from
Abuse Orders, often with very little proof to back them up. Once issued,
however, the courts are hesitant to remove them. A PFA is much more than
a simple request to stay away from the plaintiff-it is a legal action
that can dramatically impact your life in a number of ways.
Some of the possible ramifications of a PFA include:
- The inability to enter your own home, even to retrieve possessions
- Denial of contact with your children
- A public record of alleged abuse
- Loss of child custody
- Loss of the right to carry a firearm
- Damage to your reputation
From Civil to Criminal in a Matter of Moments
The terms of PFAs prohibit any type of contact with the plaintiff. This
includes phone calls, texts, and emails.
If you have been served with a Protection from Abuse Order, do not violate
the terms in any way, even if it is to plead your case. The time to present your valid arguments
for dismissal is in the courtroom, with an experienced criminal defense
attorney by your side. Any perceived violation of a PFA can turn a civil
matter into a criminal matter in a moment's time. Once this happens,
you can face serious charges and consequences, including fines and jail time.
more than 90 years of combined experience between them, our criminal defense attorneys at Curcillo Law, LLC, are
skilled advocates for the wrongfully accused. Our team includes former
prosecutors, and even a former law professor. We know the inner workings
of the Pennsylvania court system, including the inclinations of each court
district. If you are confronting an unwarranted PFA, we can provide the
high-quality legal support you need to challenge your accusers.
Take action to avoid a permanent FPA!
Temporary PFAs require very little proof and offer no opportunity for the
accused to refute the allegations. Once issued, however, the subject of
the order will be notified of the final hearing date. Usually, this is
10 days from the service of the order. This is a crucial time for the defendant! The window of
opportunity to gather evidence and construct an effective defense is short
and swift. At the hearing, the judge will decide if the temporary PFA
should become permanent, or "final."
Final orders can last up to 36 months.
If you are the subject of a Protection from Abuse Order, and you have been
notified of a final hearing date, the time to act is now! Contact
Curcillo Law, LLC, immediately to schedule a
case consultation with one of our highly skilled criminal defense attorneys. We handle cases
in Franklin, Lebanon, Dauphin, Perry, and Cumberland counties, as well
as in the rest of Pennsylvania.