In Pennsylvania, Protection from Abuse orders (PFAs) are meant to end abuse, stalking, harassment, and threats. To receive one, a victim must apply for one through the court system and present evidence showing that these types of activities are going on.
Unfortunately, many alleged victims receive PFAs and lord the consequences over the defendant to inhibit them from taking actions the PFA doesn't seek to control. When the defendant refuses to go along with the alleged victim's wishes, they sometimes make false accusations that the defendant has violated their PFA. False accusations like this, if not dealt with immediately, can have serious and long-lasting ramifications.
If you have been notified of a claim that you violated your PFA but are adamant you did not, you need a strong defense. Attorney Joseph D. Lento is a skilled criminal attorney with years of experience navigating the complexities of criminal court and Protection from Abuse orders. Call today.
PFA Violation Accusations
There are many ways people can violate a PFA in Pennsylvania. In fact, violations have included anything from emailing, texting, and making phone calls to the alleged victim to running into them at movies or a restaurant. Some of these violations can be verified, and others cannot. For instance, if you have been issued a PFA and run into the alleged victim at the park. They can say you violated the PFA – even if you just happened to be there with friends and they used social media to track you down. This is true even if they say you were there and you actually weren't.
Many people who receive a PFA do it vindictively and have no problem lying. If they can find someone to corroborate their lie or create evidence that substantiates their lie, the court will determine you violated the PFA.
Consequences for Violating a PFA
When you are accused of violating a PFA, even if the accusations are false, you could face incarceration for up to six months and a fine of up to $1,000. While a PFA does show up on some criminal history background checks and is a matter of public record, incarceration sentences have a more significant effect on both your reputation and potential employment once released. As such, you must do everything you can to properly defend yourself in court, making sure to present evidence and witnesses that will testify on your behalf.
How an Expert Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
PFA violations can be extremely stressful, especially when they are untrue, but many individuals find themselves tempted to represent themselves during these proceedings. Unfortunately, they end up learning how nuanced PFA violation proceedings can be and end up unsuccessful.
Working with a qualified criminal defense attorney will ensure you receive the best possible outcome for your case. Attorney Lento will work diligently to mitigate any negative consequences a false accusation of a PFA violation may create. You deserve to be heard. Call 888-535-3686 today for help, or schedule a consultation online.