Posts Tagged ‘PFA case in Berks County’

Berks County PFA (Protection From Abuse) Case Filed Against Our Client Dismissed After Hearing

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a client in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas who was the defendant in a Protection From Abuse (PFA) case that was filed against him. A PFA is a civil court order, but violation of the civil court order can lead to criminal charges and jail time. In this case, our client’s ex-girlfriend filed the PFA case against him seeking to prevent him from having any contact with her. Although this wasn’t a big deal to our client since had had begun dating someone else, the major concern, from a legal standpoint, is that an active PFA opens our client up to the possibility of false accusations and arrests.

In other words, once a PFA is filed against our client, all it takes is one (1) phone call to the police from the PFA Plaintiff, also known as the “protected party”, accusing our client of simply making a phone call or sending a text message in violation of the court order. With that one (1) phone call, our client can be arrested and locked up in jail pending a court hearing.

In this case, our client did not trust the PFA Plaintiff, and he was legitimately afraid of the possibility of false accusations. On top of that, our client 100% denied the accusations contained in the PFA, and he rightfully felt that he shouldn’t have to suffer any consequences by “agreeing” to the entry of a PFA order against him. Therefore, Attorney McAllister and our client made the informed decision to “fight” the PFA case. There was a court hearing before a Berks County Judge, and numerous witnesses testified in the case. At the end of testimony, Attorney McAllister made a compelling argument to the Judge to have the case dismissed.

Ultimately, the Judge did issue and order dismissing the PFA case. Our client was able to go on with his life without the burden of an active PFA hanging over his head. Needless to say, our client was very happy with the outcome of his case. If you or someone you know is dealing with a protection from abuse (PFA) case in Reading, PA, or Berks County, Pennsylvania, please contact us right away at 610-372-5128. One of our experienced and dedicated attorneys will be happy to meet with you to discuss your case in more detail. Additionally, we offer free consultations in PFA matters.

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.

PFA Plaintiff Client’s 3 Year No Contact Order Granted

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Last week I (attorney Dan Nevins) represented a client seeking a Protection From Abuse order from his former girlfriend. An incident had occurred recently where the ex-girlfriend became physically and verbally violent including threats on my client’s life. Consequently, he became fearful for his own safety particularly since the ex-girlfriend specifically threatened to use third parties to carry out some future acts of violence.

My client applied for and was granted a temporary PFA. A hearing was scheduled in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas. At the hearing I was able to secure a 3 year no contact order – the maximum permissible under the Protection From Abuse Act. Should my client’s ex contact, abuse, threaten or harass my client – even through a third party – she will be subject to up to 6 months imprisonment.

If you or a loved one is a victim of domestic abuse please contact our office for a free consultation. We regularly represent PFA plaintiffs in Berks County, Pennsylvania. No matter which side of a PFA you are on it is important that you retain experienced counsel.