In Pennsylvania, there are civil protection orders that protect victims of abuse and violence and require the abuser to stay away from the victim even if no criminal charges have been filed. It is important to have an experienced attorney help guide you through the process if you are getting an order to protect yourself or if someone has applied for a protection order against you.
If you are being charged with contempt of an order, it is crucial that you obtain a lawyer to protect your rights and defend you in court.
A Protection from Abuse (PFA) Order is a protective order designed to protect you from physical, psychological, and sexual abuse from a family member or current/former intimate or sexual partner. A Sexual Violence Protective Order is specifically to protect victims of sexual abuse when the abuser is not a family or current/ former intimate partner. A Protection from Intimidation Order is appropriate to protect a victim under the age of 18 from being harassed and stalked by an adult who is not a family member or current/former intimate partner.
Protection Orders can be imposed for up to 3 years and may be extended under certain circumstances.
A person who violates a civil protection order can face penalties that may include fines, probation, and jail time. A finding of abuse will require that the accused relinquish firearms, they may be evicted from a residence, and even be restricted from certain places.