What Is a Protection from Abuse Order in Pennsylvania?
Protection from Abuse Orders (PFA)
Attorney Sheryl R. Rentz and her support staff have handled numerous cases involving various types of abuse, harassment, threats, and violence perpetrated in domestic settings. If you are seeking protection for you and your children from your abusive significant other, please come to us for help. We can provide you with the information and representation you need to find peace and security. To learn more about what our firm can do for you, please call (610) 645-0100 or (866) 290-9292.
Getting Legally Protected from Domestic Abuse
Being the victim of domestic abuse, whether it occurs once or over a period of years, is an extraordinarily frightening and upsetting situation, and one may wonder if there is any way to protect him- or herself from further violence or abuse. The state of Pennsylvania offers different legal aid in order to protect abuse victims, and one such provision is a protection from abuse order. A protection from abuse order (PFA) is a paper signed by a judge that tells the subject to stop the abuse; otherwise, he or she may face serious legal consequences. A PFA offers civil legal protection from domestic violence to female and male victims.
What Are the Different Types of Protection from Abuse Orders in Pennsylvania?
There are a few different types of PFAs in Pennsylvania, and the type of order granted initially will depend on whether the judge believes you need protection or not. Three types of PFAs are:
- Emergency order: This can be granted if a victim needs immediate protection when the courts are closed and a judge believes you are in immediate danger. An emergency order will only last until the next business day and gives you protection until a court opens and the victim can ask for an ex parte temporary PFA.
- Ex parte temporary PFA: A judge will give this if he or she believes the victim and their minor children are in danger of further domestic abuse and need immediate protection. This temporary order will last until a full court hearing for a final PFA.
- Final PFA: A judge may grant a final PFA after a hearing in which both parties have an opportunity to tell their side of the story through testimony, evidence, and witnesses. This type of PFA can last up to three years and may be extended in certain circumstances.
A protection from abuse order can protect a domestic violence victim in a number of ways, including: ordering the abuser to not abuse, harass, or stalk you, your minor children, or relatives; having the abuser turn in any firearms or other weapons to the local police; and ordering the abuser to pay financial support to you or your children and for losses resulting from the abuse.
Providing Montgomery County Families Relief
Seeking legal protection from an abuser for you and your children can be an overwhelming process, especially considering you must cope with the trauma and devastation of the abuse. The good news is you don’t have to do it alone. Pennsylvania orders of protection lawyer Sheryl R. Rentz is committed to protecting the rights of abuse victims and can help you obtain the lawful protection you need. Please call (866) 290-9292 for immediate assistance.