Posts Tagged ‘Domestic Relations Attorney Reading PA’

PFA Order Dismissed in Reading, PA Case

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Yesterday I represented a client facing a protection from abuse order in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas. His mother-in-law had sought this order and a had alleged that my client had made various verbal threats to her over the telephone during a dispute. Unfortunately, my client and his mother-in-law have previously been invovled in custody litigation and it is my belief that this influenced her decision to seek relief in the form of a PFA.

Fortunately, however, for my client we were able to have the PFA dismissed following a much contested hearing in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas.

The PFA act in Pennsylvania is a very important protection available to those who have been placed in danger due to the acts of spouses, paramours or family members. It is also quite a serious matter to face a PFA as a Defendant. You could be facing restictions of freedom, eviction, loss of a right to a firearm, custody implications and more. It is important to seek the services of an attorney experienced in fighting for personal right. Call our firm today to schedule a free consultation.

2 Year Protection Order Granted Following Hearing in Berks County PFA Case

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Today I represented a plaintiff in a Protection From Abuse Case in Reading, PA. My client alleged that his spouse had threatened him with physical harm on numerous occasions and consequently he feared for his safety. His spouse denied the allegations and the matter proceeded to a Hearing.

Ultimately, there was a finding of abuse and a 2 year PFA order was granted. My client can rest assurred that if his estranged spouse contacts or attempts to continue her threats in any way over the next 2 years, then she will be arrested.

The PFA act in Pennsylvania provides protection for victims of abuse and domestic violence. It applies equally to both men and women, children and adults. If you or a loved one is seeking legal advice regarding a PFA in Berks County please call our office for a free consultation.

Defending PFA Cases in Berks County, PA (Reading, PA)

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

At its best the Protection From Abuse Act in Pennsylvania can help save victims of abuse from those who wish to do them harm. At it’s worst, a PFA can be used as a weapon by a vindictive husband or wife, or boyfriend or girlfriend. Unfortunately, on many occasions the filing of a PFA will be the first volley by one side in anticipation of a divorce or custody case.¬†Often the person who finds themselves defending themselves in a PFA case is already placed at a disadvantage when it comes to child custody proceedings by virtue of the fact that there are allegations of abuse or other wrongdoing.

That said, it is extremely important to engage the services of an attorney if you are hit with a Protection from Abuse petition. You will receive a Notice of Hearing along with your order listing a date which you and the PFA Plaintiff are to appear in front of as a Judge. At the hearing the plaintiff is required to show by a preponderance of the evidence that abuse occurred and that the Plaintiff fears harm at the hands of the Defendant. Each party would be permitted to testify and the Judge would ultimately decide if there was enough evidence to enter a permanent Protection Order.

A PFA can take many things away from a Defendant. If you shared a residence with the Plaintiff you can be evicted from that residence. If you have children with the Plaintiff, you can be prohibited from contact with your children. If you are a hunter or gun owner, you can have your weapon taken from you. The order can remain in effect for up to three years.

Make no mistake, a PFA Defendant is not a Criminal Defendant. You do not get convicted, you do not go to jail, you are not on probation (unless you subsequently violate the PFA, of course). On the other hand, you can have many important things taken away from you.

If you are facing a PFA petition in Berks County, PA you should contact our office immediately for a no cost consultation. We consistently obtain favorable resolutions for our clients in these cases. And, if your PFA case is the beginning of a long child custody or divorce battle, you will have comfort in knowing that we can continue to counsel and serve you in those matters as well.