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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.

With 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.

  • Experience

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