If you have the PFA filed against you, you have an order against you that prohibits you from contacting in any way the petitioner who filed for the order. A PFA is a court order that protects the petitioner from harm from the respondent.
If you are the respondent, there are probably many emotions going to your mind. Some of those feelings may include regret. A PFA is nothing to take lightly and having one on the record can completely disrupt your life's plans.
What Is a PFA?
A PFA is a court order that protects someone from harm from someone else. In many states, it's also known as a protective order or an order of protection. When someone files a PFA against someone, they're doing so because they believe that they're going to be harmed. Once that order is filed, the respondent is not allowed to contact the petitioner in any way. The order is essentially saying that the respondent poses a real danger to the petitioner.
You May Feel Regret After a PFA
Many people who have PFAs filed against them often end up feeling bad about the circumstances that caused the orders to be instituted in the first place.
People sometimes make mistakes out of rage, confusion, sadness, causing them to make bad decisions that hurt everyone. Once that period of anger passes, they realize that they should handle things differently. Many people who have PFA's against them often end up feeling a lot of regret for what they've done.
If you're in a situation where you feel bad about a PFA, that's good. It means that you're accepting responsibility for what you've done. But it doesn't have to end there. The next step should be learning lessons from the PFA.
What Lessons Can You Learn From A PFA?
There are many different lessons that you can learn from having a PFA filed against you.
- One of the most important lessons you can learn is that it is never okay to make someone else feel afraid because of whatever you are feeling. Even if you would never physically attack someone, causing them to feel fear is absolutely wrong, and it is never something that you should use as a solution to anything you are feeling.
- Getting help from therapists, social workers, or anyone else who can help you navigate your feelings and learn new ways to handle stress is one of the most important things you can do.
- Another lesson you can learn is that making someone else feel fearful is never okay. Just because you are dealing with emotions that you feel justify your anger doesn't mean that your feelings trump anyone else's feelings. Causing someone else to feel fear because you feel bad is not the way to go.
- Another lesson you can learn is that the PFA can be an opportunity for change. You can seek therapeutic help for whatever issues caused the problem in the first place. True change can help you revamp your future.
Get Legal Help With Your PFA
Dealing with a PFA is tough. You need a law firm on your side that can help you before, during, and after the PFA process. Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm have unparalleled experience representing clients dealing with PFAs throughout Pennsylvania, making sure that their rights were protected every step of the way.
Reach out to the Lento Law Firm for help at 888-535-3686 today to schedule an evaluation of your case.