Pittsburgh PA PFA Attorney - Protection from Abuse Lawyer - Allegheny County
Law Offices of Scott L. Levine, LLC
425 1st Ave - 6th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
WHO CAN OBTAIN A PFA?
|PFA: Protection form Abuse
|Pittsburgh PFA Attorney
Under the Protection from Abuse Act, A temporary Protection from Abuse Order may be obtained by a current
or former intimate partner, against the other if the person seeking the petition is in reasonable fear of bodily harm. In
the event that a person is physically assaulted or threatened with bodily harm, they can proceed to file a petition for Protection
HOW & WHERE TO OBTAIN A PFA?
A temporary Order for Protection from Abuse or “PFA”
can be obtained in Allegheny County by filing a Petition that is available at the court. An
emergency protection from abuse "EPFA" may be obtained at night court, from a local magistrate or at some hospitals.
An emergency or temporary PFA will preclude the defendant from having any contact with the plaintiff. The defendant will also
be evicted from the residence and excluded from the business location of the plaintiff. The victim may also request that the
defendant relinquish any firearms. Following the entry of a temporary PFA, a hearing for a Final PFA will be scheduled.
WHAT HAPPENS AT COURT?
At the Final Hearing time there are a number of options
for resolving the matter. This includes the entry of a Final Protection from Abuse Order for as long as 36 months. During
this time the defendant may not have any contact with the victim in any way or through any third parties. The defendant will
also be evicted from the residence where the plaintiff resides. The defendant will also be barred from going to the plaintiff’s
place of employment. At the final hearing, the court may also address child custody and may make an interim ruling on child support. The parties also have the option to resolve the matter via
a consent order with any number of terms. Some examples include: a PFA for less than three years; a civil no-contact
order; a continuance for several months with a rescheduled final hearing; or the PFA may be vacated altogether.
We take all cases involving domestic violence very
seriously, and believe that no one should be a victim of violence or threats of violence. At the same time, unfortunately
we also often encounter false claims of violence made in an effort to impact a divorce proceeding or custody matter. Regardless
of the circumstances, we will fight hard for you; either to protect you or to avoid having false accusations appear on your
DO I NEED A LAWYER FOR MY PFA?
We have handled numerous PFA matters involving various types of abuse, harassment, threats, and violence
perpetrated by both men and women against both men and women. We have handled cases invloving married couples, engaged
couples, unmarried parents, boyfriend/girlfriend, same sex couples, parent and child. We have handled cases involving custody issues and property issues where exclusive possession is sought. We understand the interplay between a PFA and an existing or
impending custody or divorce, and will explain how a PFA can impact related matters of custody and divorce. We can also dispel common myths about PFA Orders and explain situations where a PFA is not appropriate,
or where further intervention through criminal court is warranted. We have represented both new and existing clients on both
sides of cases through the final hearing process. We have also been repeat volunteers, providing pro bono representation
to plaintiffs through a local agency.
NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PFA IN
We can help if you have filed a PFA in Allegheny
County and need an attorney to represent you at a hearing. We can also assist if you need representation at a hearing to defend against a PFA in Allegheny County filed against you which is unwarranted. For more information
about Protection from Abuse in Pennsylvania, call Scott L. Levine at 412.303.9566.