When it comes to domestic abuse, one of the biggest issues on the docket is the incidence of re-offenders. Many people accused of domestic violence go on to re-abuse. If you've been accused of domestic violence, the odds are already stacked against you when it comes to forming a defense. Even the mere accusation can turn your life upside, making it difficult to mount a defense if you're innocent.
Recent legislation in Pennsylvania shows how far lawmakers are willing to go to help keep victims safe.
Kulik Is Determined to Push Through Legislation Protecting Domestic Violence Victims
Pennsylvania State Representative Anita Kulik is determined to push through legislation that could help protect Pennsylvania domestic violence victims. She is attempting to push through a bill called Alina's Law, a bill that will make it possible for courts to require domestic violence defendants to wear electronic monitoring devices if they violate a PFA order.
The bill is named after Alina Sheykhet, a woman who was killed by her ex-boyfriend just days after filing a PFA order against him. The bill is currently stuck in the House Judiciary Committee, but Kulik is determined to see it through. She's spoken with Washington County officials about the success of the electronic monitoring program in their county so that she could get insight on how to rewrite her bill to make it more likely to pass.
Violating a PFA Order is Against the Law
If you have a PFA order against you, you are not allowed to come into any contact with the petitioner, no matter how innocent you believe yourself to be. The order has been issued because the court has been convinced that you are a danger to the petitioner.
If you are innocent and try to reach out to the petitioner, you are essentially proving their case. You are showing that you don't care about the court order, and you don't care about the fact that the petitioner has said they live in fear of you. This behavior, in turn, is one of the reasons that states are introducing bills to help protect domestic violence victims even more.
If you are innocent, work with attorneys like those at the Lento Law firm to work on your defense. Under no circumstance must you violate a PFA order. It will only work against you and make your entire future that much harder. If you violate the PFA order, you could end up having to deal with restrictive measures like wearing monitoring bracelets and other measures intended to keep victims safe.
Speak With An Attorney About Your PFA or Pending PFA
Getting hit with a PFA order is no joke. If you're dealing with a PFA or you're worried about getting one, you need to speak with an attorney who can help you protect your rights and weigh your options.
Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm have years of experience helping defendants manage their PFA cases, helping them make decisions that allow them to have hope of a better future.
Reach out for help at 888-535-3686 today to schedule an evaluation of your PFA case. Your future may depend on it.