Allegations of Domestic Violence or Spousal Abuse
In Pennsylvania, allegations of domestic violence are taken very seriously. If the police are called, it is almost certain that someone will be arrested. In almost every case, it is the man who faces the serious legal and personal consequences of a domestic violence report and the subsequent issuance of a protection from abuse order (a PFA, also known as an order of protection or restraining order).
Regardless of what happened and who is at fault, men find themselves caught up in a system that is often stacked against them. They may face serious criminal charges and penalties that include time in jail, if convicted. They may be unable to return to their home to retrieve their belongings. They may be barred from seeing their children. They may have no way to prevent their bank accounts from being emptied by an angry or vindictive spouse or partner.
The issuance of a protection from abuse order can also include serious collateral consequences, including the loss of the right to own a gun, and may have an impact on your ability to live or work where you choose. If you violate a protection from abuse order, you will go to jail.
If you need experienced defense against the issuance of a protection from abuse order, it is vitally important to contact an experienced attorney immediately — preferably one who can handle both the criminal and civil aspects of your case. You may have only 10 days from the report of domestic violence to the hearing to determine if a protection from abuse order should be issued.
At the State College law firm of Masorti & Donaldson, P.C., we offer experienced representation in domestic violence cases in central Pennsylvania communities such as Bellefonte, Altoona, Bedford, Huntingdon, Lewistown, Lock Haven, Clearfield, Williamsport, Harrisburg, Johnstown, Ebensburg and Bloomsburg. We can offer you comprehensive defense against both the civil and criminal cases against you. Contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer.