A PFA is a protective order that someone files when they fear harm from another person. The PFA stipulates that the respondent may not approach, contact, or communicate in any way with the petitioner. These types of orders are issued in domestic violence cases, stalking cases, harassment cases, and a host of other situations.
Having a PFA filed against you and on the record can fill you with shame and make it difficult for you to move forward with your life.
Poor Emotional Control Leads to PFAs
PFAs are usually issued when there have been threats or instances of violence, harassment, or any other type of harmful behavior made against the petitioner. Many times, people who commit these types of actions do so in a heightened state of anger, anxiety, frustration, or some other misguided emotion.
PFAs Are Embarrassing When Mutual Friends Are Involved
This is especially true in situations where the petitioner and respondent have mutual friends and connections. The respondent is now not able to engage in many different activities because those activities can put them into contact with the petitioner, creating a situation where they could violate the PFA.
You Have to Work Through the Shame
In order for the PFA to be enforced properly, you're going to have to let your friends know it exists. You may have to let your office or employer know. This can make things extremely uncomfortable and embarrassing, especially if the circumstances surrounding the PFA being ordered are situations that you wish you hadn't gotten involved within the first place.
You may be truly sorry for the behavior you exhibited that led to the PFA. You may wish you could go back in time and undo what you did.
A PFA Can Make it Difficult to Move Forward
Having a PFA on your record can limit all sorts of activities you usually engage in, but you may not realize how extensive that list is until you butt up against it. For instance, if you and the petitioner both work in the same field, it's more likely that you could end up in situations where you run into each other.
The PFA order can make it very difficult for you to navigate your way through your career. The existence of the order may make it difficult for you to communicate with certain people in your field because they are connected to the petitioner.
Speak to a Lawyer About Your PFA
A PFA order greatly affects the way you live your life, and it can bring a lot of shame. If you're in danger of having a PFA filed against you or you've had one filed against you, you need help from an experienced attorney who knows how to provide you with the defense you deserve, and only the best can do when so much is at stake.
Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm have helped hundreds of clients throughout Pennsylvania overcome the challenges associated with a PFA. Reach out for help at 888-535-3686 today to schedule an evaluation of your case. Your future may depend on it.