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PFA Dismissed / Firearms & License Returned To Client

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a client who had a protection from abuse (PFA) order filed against him by an ex-girlfriend. On the day of the hearing, Attorney McAllister was able to successfully negotiate a settlement, without any admissions by our client, whereby the “temporary PFA” was extended for a short period of time, after which the “temporary PFA” would expire. Under the terms of a normal PFA, a Judge has the authority to grant a PFA for a maximum of three (3) years.

Immediately after the “temporary PFA” expired, Attorney McAllister was able to get a Court Order directed that the Berks County Sheriff’s Office return the firearms and permit to carry that were taken from our client. Although our client was very nervous and scared at the start of the PFA case, he was very happy that Attorney McAllister was able to successfully navigate him through the court system and secure a positive outcome.

If you or someone you know is facing a protection from abuse (PFA) case in Berks County or Reading, Pennsylvania, please contact our firm 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. We look forward to hearing from you.

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 dismissed in Reading, Berks County, PA

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Today, I (attorney Dan Nevins) represented a young man facing a PFA petition following an alleged incident in Berks County PA. The Protection from Abuse (PFA) Act is meant to protect victims of domestic violence from their abusers. A plaintiff can petition the Court for a temporary order which may be granted pending a full hearing on the alleged incident of abuse. A PFA order may then be granted for a period of up to three years and include provisions such as no-contact, eviction from a residence, child custody, and a ban from possessing firearms. A plaintiff needs to show, by a preponderance of the evidence, that abuse occurred and that they remain in fear of the Defendant.

In this particular case we were able to negotiate the one month continuance of a temporary order with the understanding that the matter would be ultimately dismissed. In the end, my client suffered no adverse consequences of a permanent PFA order.

Our firm regularly represents individuals on both sides of PFA’s in Berks County, PA. We are sensitive to the issues surrounding these matters and strive to provide the best possible representation of your interests. Call our office today to schedule a free initial consultation.

PFA Plaintiff Representation in Berks County, PA

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Today I represented a client seeking a Protection from Abuse order against her daughter on behalf of her minor granddaughter. My client felt that her daughter posed a danger to the grandchild due to her issues with substance abuse. Fortunately, the PFA act can provide for protection in this regard.

My client was able to secure a one year Protection From Abuse order. As part of the order she was able to obtain custody of the minor child. The mother will be permitted contact with the child, but only at the discretion of my client. The mother will face violation of the order and possible jail time if she fails to follow its terms. The hope, of course, is that the child is protected and the mother gets the help she needs.

We regularly represent both Plaintiffs and Defendants in Berks County Protection from Abuse – PFA cases. Call our office today to┬áschedule a free consultation.