Defending You Against False Domestic Abuse Allegations
Domestic violence can include physical abuse, emotional abuse and/or threats of violence. It is a serious issue for all parties involved. If you or your children have been victims of domestic abuse, you can get the court’s help to protect yourself and your family from further violence. If you have been arrested or charged with domestic violence, you need a lawyer’s help immediately.
While many cases of domestic abuse are serious, we have also seen people make false allegations of abuse to affect the outcomes of a divorce or custody case. With our legal experience, we know the difference between real and false accusations and understand both sides of the issue. The firm provides criminal defense representation against restraining order violations and domestic assault charges. Please contact our Pittsburgh attorneys for protection from abuse orders at McMorrow Law, LLC, to learn more.
Domestic Abuse Defense In Southwest Pennsylvania
Requests for protection from abuse (PFA) orders, also known as temporary restraining orders, may be filed by spouses, ex-spouses, domestic partners as well as same-sex couples. When an individual files for a PFA, the judge will review the victim’s petition and may issue a temporary PFA order protecting the alleged abuse victim and his or her children until the date of the final hearing. At the final hearing, both parties may present their sides of the story. Once testimony has been heard, the judge may issue a permanent PFA order that is effective for up to three years.
In addition to ordering the abuser to leave the family home and stop harassing the victim, as well as many other types of relief, the PFA may give the victim sole physical and legal custody of the children, especially in severe cases. If the alleged abuser violates the order, he or she may be arrested and put in jail.
Domestic abuse convictions and PFA order violations have harsh consequences. You can lose custody of your children, go to jail and lose your right to own firearms. If convicted of domestic abuse, you will have a permanent criminal record that can prevent you from opportunities involving jobs, housing, financial aid and more. It is best to have a lawyer represent you and ensure your rights are protected.