What is a Protection from Abuse Order?
If someone feels unsafe because of physical abuse or sexual violence, then they can go to court and ask for a protection from abuse (PFA) order. This order will stop the person who made them feel unsafe from coming near them or having any other contact with them. The order is monitored by the court and law enforcement officials. If someone breaks any provision of a PFA order, then they will be arrested and charged with a crime. If you are facing a potential protection from abuse order against you, then your time is limited, so it is important to speak to an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Who Can Obtain a Protection from Abuse Order?
Not everyone can seek the protection of a PFA order. To obtain a PFA, the individuals involved must be related or have a domestic relationship. Some examples of relationships that can have PFAs are:
- People who are dating
- People who are sexually involved
- People who live together
- Same-sex couples
- Parents and their children
The parties don't have to currently be in one of the above relationships for a PFA; a prior relationship is enough. Any PFAs with petitioners that are minors must have an adult petition on their behalf.
An Example of How Not to React if You are Facing a Protection from Abuse
A recent incident in Pittsburgh has shown a prime example of what an overreaction to a threatened PFA can lead to. A Pittsburgh man was charged with arson, criminal mischief, animal cruelty, and risking a catastrophe for allegedly setting fire to a woman's home after she left to seek a PFA order against him for a prior alleged altercation. Two cats were also killed due to the fire. His reactions not only led to a stronger PFA case against him but also led to multiple felony charges for violent crimes that he is now facing. It is important to approach your situation and case with the utmost care and caution. If you have legal questions involving a Protection from Abuse order, then call us at the Lento Law Firm today so we can help!
Contact the Lento Law Firm Today
If you have questions about protection from abuse orders, then it is important that you speak to an experienced attorney. It is important to understand how a protection from abuse order can affect your life. Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm have the experience that you need to help put you in the best position in your protection from abuse case. To learn why the Lento Law Firm is the right choice, call us at 888-535-3686 or contact us online.