Criminal Penalties For Violating a PFA
A PFA is a civil order. But if you violate any provision of a PFA, you may be arrested and criminally charged with Indirect Criminal Contempt of a court order. Maximum penalties are six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Police may arrest you for violating a PFA even if your accuser is lying. A police officer often makes an arrest decision based solely on the accuser’s credibility without any further investigation.
If you face criminal charges for violating a PFA, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.
PFA Violations in Pennsylvania
A PFA functions as a no-contact order. This includes not just physical contact but also phone calls, text messages, and emails. If there is a PFA against you, even sending your accuser a non-threatening text or email may get you arrested.
Police need probable cause to arrest you for violating a PFA, but this is usually easy to show. Police must simply (1) check the public records to determine that the PFA was valid and (2) get a “credible” statement from your accuser that you violated the PFA order.
We strongly defend people facing criminal charges arising out of a PFA. Call us today at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.
Domestic Violence Defense Attorney
People served with a PFA often face criminal domestic violence charges. Such charges include assault, battery, burglary, child abuse, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, harassment, PFA violations (indirect criminal contempt), recklessly endangering another person, robbery, stalking, terroristic threats, and vandalism.
Spivak Law Firm strongly defends people against criminal domestic violence charges. Our strong negotiation and trial skills help us achieve the best possible outcome for your case. To make an appointment with a domestic violence defense lawyer, call us at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.
Contact Our Pittsburgh Law Firm Today
To schedule an appointment, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390. Our Pittsburgh office is open during normal business hours, as well as evenings and weekends by appointment.
Spivak Law Firm routinely accepts cases in Allegheny County, Beaver County, Butler County, Washington County, and Westmoreland County.