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Domestic Violence

Protecting the Rights of Victims and Those Who Are Wrongfully Accused

Experienced Domestic Violence Attorney in Chester County, PA

Domestic violence (DV) is a crime that is taken very seriously by law enforcement and the courts. In some instances, obtaining a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order may be appropriate, but unfortunately, false allegations of domestic abuse do happen. If you are facing PFA charges, our domestic violence lawyers at Perna & Abracht, LLC can provide a vigorous defense and ensure your rights are protected.

Our Domestic Abuse Lawyers are Well-Versed in the Law

When certain crimes are committed against a person who is considered a family or household member, the victim may seek a PFA against their abuser. Family or household members include:

  • A spouse or ex-spouse
  • Current and former intimate partners
  • Individuals who have children together
  • People who have lived together as spouses
  • Parents, children, and siblings
  • Other family members related to you by blood or marriage

Each situation is unique. Even if you have been abused or accused by someone who doesn’t fit the requirements of this list, it’s critical to seek legal counsel to discover your options under the law. Regardless of whether you are seeking a PFA or find yourself facing charges, our lawyers for domestic violence victims or criminal defense attorneys can help you understand your rights and represent your interests.

Domestic Abuse Charges and Crimes

Unlike many other states, Pennsylvania law does not specifically include domestic violence as a separate charge. Instead, the underlying crime is charged, but domestic violence can be an aggravating factor that results in harsher penalties. Common crimes involving domestic violence include:

  • Simple assault
  • Aggravated assault
  • Harassment
  • Sex crimes such as: Rape, Sexual assault, Statutory sexual assault, Indecent assault, Aggravated indecent assault
  • False imprisonment
  • Terroristic threats
  • Burglary
  • Kidnapping
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Recklessly endangering another person
  • Physical or sexual abuse of minors

Some of these crimes are very serious and can result in felony charges. Our domestic violence defense lawyers can help you make sense of the charges you may be facing.

Penalties for Crimes Involving Domestic Violence

Penalties for domestic abuse charges can be severe, so it is important to hire a seasoned DV lawyer who knows how to negotiate with prosecutors and mount a defense that may help get charges reduced or dismissed. Although some charges associated with domestic violence are misdemeanors, felony charges can result in hefty fines and significant prison time.

Whether you will face a misdemeanor or felony depends on the severity of the offense and the specific crime that is charged. In Pennsylvania, sentencing for misdemeanor convictions can carry fines up to $10,000 and five years in prison. If you are convicted of a felony offense involving domestic violence, you may face up to 20 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Penalties are determined on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the circumstances, you may be subject to lesser or harsher penalties than those mentioned above. We will discuss the penalties you could face for the offenses you have been charged with and advise you of your options. We know how to build a solid defense that can help to ensure your rights are protected and give you the best chance for achieving a positive outcome in your case.

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Our drug defense lawyers ensure your rights are protected, fight for no or low bail, investigate the charges against you, gather evidence, and develop defense strategies to get charges dismissed or reduced. We can also assist you with negotiating a plea if that is your preference. We provide the legal counsel you can trust, and give you all the information you need to make informed decisions.

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Whether you have been served with a PFA, charged with a crime, or been a victim of violence at the hands of someone close to you, our DV lawyers can help. The attorneys at Perna & Abracht, LLC represent clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. Contact us online or call 610-444-0933 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Chester County criminal defense attorneys

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