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New Law Governing PFAs and Firearms

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

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Defending A Restraining Order: 7 Simple Rules

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

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Why Do Judges Grant Questionable PFAs?

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?

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Can a Post on Social Media Violate a PFA?

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?