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PFA – Protection from Abuse

Helping You Protect Yourself from Abuse

Protection from Abuse Attorney (PFA Attorneys) in Chester County, PA

Domestic violence is something that no one should have to endure. If you have been a victim of domestic abuse, one way to protect yourself is to file for a Protection from Abuse Order (PFA). Our family law attorneys at Perna & Abracht, LLC understand that these matters can take a heavy physical, emotional and financial toll on families. Whether you need to file for a PFA or you have been wrongly accused of domestic violence, we provide legal advice you can trust and help you take action to protect yourself.

What Is A Protection from Abuse Order?

Sometimes known as a restraining order, a PFA bars an abuser from making contact with a victim of domestic violence. A Protection from Abuse Order typically prohibits them from coming near the victim’s home, school, workplace, or place of business. The person named in a PFA is not permitted to contact the victim by phone, text, email, or through third parties such as friends or family members. A Protection from Abuse order can be an effective deterrent to harassment and violence—someone who violates a PFA may be charged with a misdemeanor offense that can come with stiff penalties.

Who Can File For A PFA?

Under the Pennsylvania Protection from Abuse Act, you may only file for a PFA against a family member, romantic or sexual partner, or member of your household. Parents or guardians may file for a Protection for Abuse order on behalf of minor children. If intimidation, abuse, or stalking is perpetrated by a stranger or anyone other than the parties mentioned above, you must file a Protection from Intimidation (PFI) order. We understand these important distinctions. We can assess your case, advise you of which type of order applies, and help you file it with the appropriate court.

Our Family Law Attorneys Can Help You File for a PFA

An initial Protection from Abuse order is temporary. Where the petition is filed depends on the jurisdiction. To file for an emergency PFA after business hours, you should call your local police department to find out which District Justice is on call. If you need assistance with filing a petition for a PFA, our responsive restraining order attorneys can help to ensure you file with the proper court in a timely manner.

What Happens Next?

After a petition for a temporary PFA is filed, a hearing is typically scheduled within 10 days. At this hearing, both parties have an opportunity to present evidence and arguments, and a judge will rule on whether a final order is granted and how long it will remain in effect. A PFA may remain in place for up to three years. If an alleged abuser is not present at the hearing, the judge usually grants the victim a final Protection from Abuse order. If you’ve been accused of abuse, domestic violence, stalking or harassment, our Chester County criminal defense attorneys can help you understand and protect your rights.

Here is why you need an attorney if you’ve been charged with violating a PFA.


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If you are dealing with issues surrounding domestic violence, our experienced team at Perna & Abracht, LLC can help. Contact us online or call 610-444-0933 to schedule a consultation. We serve clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and Northern Delaware.

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