People accused of violating Protection From Abuse (PFA) orders face stiff penalties.
A PFA prohibits all contact between a defendant and the person alleging abuse. A Final PFA hearing is usually scheduled within 10 days after the Temporary PFA is issued.
If you are accused of violating a Temporary PFA Order, the case will likely be heard before a family-court judge.
But if you are accused of violating a Final PFA Order, the case will likely be heard before a criminal-court judge.
The official charge for violating a PFA is known as Indirect Criminal Contempt (ICC).
An ICC conviction carries a possible penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Spivak Law Firm routinely handles PFA and ICC hearings. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.