Tracker Apps Make It Easier to Violate PFAs

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

One of the most important things in the world when it comes to a PFA is the belief that being in possession of one helps protect the person who filed for the order (the petitioner) from the person they're seeking protection from (the respondent). In the old days, it was pretty easy to make sure that respondents stayed away from plaintiffs.

Today, it's easier than ever for respondents to get around the rules of a PFA order. Thanks to things like trackers found in digital devices and apps, it's very easy for someone who has a PFA order against them to discreetly - and illegally - stalk their victim.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General Issues an Alert About Apple AirTags Tracking Threat

Apple AirTags are tracking devices that help people find personal objects. On the face of it, they're really great. They help you keep track of the important things in your life, like your keys or your wallet. An AirTag sends out a Bluetooth signal that's picked up by devices in the Find My network.

These devices then send you the location of your item if it has an AirTag on it. The process is completely anonymous and used properly, they can be an extraordinary help.

Josh Shapiro points out that in the wrong hands, these tracking devices can be extremely dangerous. Shapiro, the Pennsylvania Attorney General, has issued an alert about the dangers of Apple AirTags, pointing out that in the wrong hands, they can be used to track someone without their consent. He is imploring that everyone be aware of the dangers of tracking devices.

Shapiro has warned that people are finding AirTags in their personal belongings, and they didn't put them there. This creates a potentially dangerous situation since the devices can be used to track their every move.

Pennsylvania Man Arrested for Stalking Ex With AirTags

In February of this year, Apollo resident Ronald Roessler, 56, was arrested after it was discovered that he had placed a tracking device in a woman's bag. The woman was able to discover that she was being tracked when she received notification that an AirTag near her location was tracking her. What tipped her off was that she didn't own any type of tracker device.

Roessler denied any wrongdoing and said it was all a mistake. In addition to deleting the AirTag in front of the trooper who came to his home, it also turned out that Roessler had a PFA order filed against him by the woman in question.

PFA Orders Restrict All Contact With Petitioners

If you have a PFA order filed against you, that means that you are not to contact the petitioner in any way. Even though Roessler had not directly contacted the woman, the fact that he was tracking her via the device proves that he was in violation of his PFA.

Reach Out for Legal Help Regarding PFAs

If you have a PFA filed against you, you need to make sure that you abide by its rules down to the letter. Failure to do so can land you in serious trouble. Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm have years of experience helping their clients navigate the world of PFAs, helping ensure that they make decisions that help their future.

Reach out for help at 888-535-3686 today to schedule an evaluation of your case. Your future may depend on it.

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