Hunters and those relying on guns for self-protection, take note! The old law provided, the Defendant served with a PFA need not turn over his gun unless the alleged victim of the PFA had referenced a gun in the PFA petition. The law has changed, effective April 10, 2019. Now, anyone subject to a final… Continue reading New Law Governing PFAs and Firearms
We are happy to jump in prior to your hearing, however, if you call us for the first time after your hearing, we will decline to be involved or offer any advice. Our firm does not handle PFA appeals when we are called for the first time after your hearing. From our point of view, if… Continue reading Appealing A PFA Decision
The Pennsylvania legislature is considering various bills to tighten the process to obtain a Protection from Abuse Act Order in the Commonwealth of PA. As ABC News reports, Republican law makers have proposed a bill (SB 500) that would require law enforcement to offer protection in the form of a personal escort home after filing… Continue reading Tightening PFA Laws in PA
Free Consultation 412.780.0008 Many lawyers, including ourselves, post information online about how to defend a PFA and the importance of hiring counsel. We offer a free consultation in this regard. But in the interim, many people just want to know the answer to one question: I have been served with a temporary PFA, and a… Continue reading PFAs: How Many Go to Court?
A restraining order – or temporary PFA (short for Protection From Abuse Act Order) — should get your attention, because of the wide-ranging consequence of a “PFA.” Our Pittsburgh lawyer firm frequently defend PFA actions throughout Western Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland, and Washington Counties. Our lawyers took the liberty of putting together a… Continue reading Defending A Restraining Order: 7 Simple Rules
Free Consultation: 412.780.0008 If a temporary PFA becomes “permanent,” it can have a significant impact on the Defendant’s life: it creates a public record that he (or she) is an “abuser” or “stalker,” which can jeopardize (1) job opportunities (if the PFA comes up in a background check), (2) custody rights; and even (3) one’s… Continue reading Why Do Judges Grant Questionable PFAs?
Free Consultation: 412.780.0008 The answer to this question is: Maybe. The violation of a PFA involves a criminal proceeding called an “indirect criminal contempt” action, or ICC. The burden of proof is “beyond a reasonable doubt” and with criminal penalties applying (including incarceration), an ICC determination must comport to criminal law. In criminal law,… Continue reading Can a Post on Social Media Violate a PFA?