Under the Pennsylvania Protection from Abuse Act, victims of familial, household or domestic abuse are offered a valuable chance to remove an abusive person from their home. It is important to realize that help is available and that you do not have to face your abuser alone.
We also realize that sometimes restraining orders are requested without there actually being an abusive relationship. In these instances, we help individuals challenge requests for restraining orders so they can avoid the interruptions they cause. Our No. 1 goal in all domestic violence cases is to secure the best outcome possible for our clients whatever their needs might be.
The Restraining Order Process: Service for the Abused and Alleged Abusers
At Berman & Asbel, LLP, we help abused people obtain restraining orders against their abusers. If you are being abused, or if you are accused of abuse and had an order issued against you, you have options and we are here to listen to and help you.
A judge can issue a temporary order, commonly called a restraining order, that may evict the alleged abuser immediately, and may prevent any contact with the victim. At a full hearing, which usually must be held within ten days, the judge will hear both sides and determine if the temporary order should be extended.
We represent both victims of abuse and alleged abusers. We can help abused people file initial petitions and explain their rights under the law, as well as represent alleged abusers at a hearing to contest the order.
Act Quickly to Protect Your Rights
Domestic violence and abuse situations can be very dangerous and volatile. You need to act quickly to protect yourself and your family from harm from an abusive family member. Do not wait too long. You have the right under Pennsylvania law to get the protection you need. You also have the right to defend your rights and interests if you have been accused of abuse and forced out of your home.
Our attorneys provide smart advice and quick representation in regard to restraining orders and PFA orders:
- The need for a restraining order often comes in the midst of marital strife or a contested divorce. We help abused spouses get immediate relief with the removal of the abusive spouse. As the abuse resolves through divorce proceedings, we continue to work with our clients to help them handle all the legal issues surrounding marriage dissolution.
- Our family law practice extends to include criminal defense of people accused of violating a protection from abuse order or restraining order. Though the initial restraining order can be issued without an arrest, a violation of a restraining order is a crime and will lead to arrest for being in contempt. We can help protect your rights in a criminal action, and we work hard to insulate you from possible fines or jail time.
Contact Us Now for an Initial Consultation and Immediate Help
Please contact us online or call 484-842-0276 to get immediate help with all domestic violence and PFA issues. There is no downside to discussing your right to safety with one of our caring, dedicated lawyers.