Make no mistake: having a Pennsylvania PFA order entered against you can seriously impact your job and career prospects. If you face a PFA order complaint and request, you may hope to ignore it, especially if you have already given up having any contact with the person seeking the order. You may think that you can simply stay away from that person so that the PFA order that the court issues against you will have no practical effect. Yet letting a PFA order simply enter against you, believing it will have no harmful impact, is a very risky strategy. Even if you do not need access to the housing, transportation, personal property, workplace, or school from which the PFA order may restrict you, and you don't wish to have any contact with the household members the PFA order may require you to avoid, the PFA order may still seriously damage your job and career prospects. Think hard before ignoring a PFA order complaint and request. The far better strategy is usually to aggressively and effectively contest the PFA request so that an unjust and overly restrictive order doesn't ruin your employment prospects, not to mention, ruin the rest of your life.
Damaging Employment and Employment Reputation
The court may intend the PFA order only to protect the party who sought it and whom you allegedly abused. But PFA orders are notorious for interfering with the defendant's other activities and employment. If the party obtaining the PFA order has any contact with your workplace, the order may bar you from that workplace. The order may also prevent you from accessing transportation, tools, and equipment essential to your employment. And your employment problems with a PFA order only begin with the possibility that the order will directly restrict you from work. Employers and prospective employers take PFA orders seriously because of the inferences of lawlessness and danger that PFA abuse allegations bring. To get a PFA order, the Protection from Abuse Act's Section 6106(a) requires evidence of abuse. The Act's Section 6102(a) defines abuse to include such reckless and dangerous behaviors as rape, sexual assault, false imprisonment, stalking, and other interpersonal violence. Employers can be very reluctant to hire and employ individuals who could be risks for co-workers, customers, and vendors with whom the individual comes into contact. Employers may even be civilly liable if they hire and retain employees whose PFA orders show may be unsafe to others.
Pennsylvania PFA Defense Attorney Available
A far better strategy than ignoring or giving in to an unnecessary or overbroad PFA order is to aggressively contest the order so that it does not interfere with your employment or career prospects. Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm provide a winning defense of unjust PFA order requests. Don't let a PFA order ruin your employment reputation, prospects, and relationships. Call 888-535-3686 for attorney defense now or use the online service.