Involved in a domestic matter? Accused, or are you accusing someone, of abuse? You should know that you have the right to be represented by an attorney, whether you are defending against allegations or alleging that abuse has occurred. Attorney Suzanne S Smith at the Law Office of Marshall & Smith can assist you.

These are emotional times and you need an experienced lawyer to assist you through these difficult times in your life.  Contact Attorney Suzanne Smith with the law firm of Marshall & Smith to explain the PFA process and to walk you through it.

In 2015, the Protection from Sexual Violence or Intimidation Act took effect. This act applies to those who do not have a relationship as defined in the PFA act. If you are served with a SVP or PFI Order or you are seeking to obtain one, contact Attorney Suzanne S. Smith.

 

Pennsylvania has three types of protection orders:

  • Protection From Abuse (PFA)
    • Victim must be family or have a household relationship with the defendant or have, or have had, an intimate or sexual relationship with the defendant.
    • Domestic violence includes physical violence or threats of physical violence.
    • Relief available includes ‘no contact,’ relinquishment of firearms, financial support, remove the defendant (in some instances) from the home and any other appropriate relief sought by the petitioner and granted by the judge.
  • Protection From Intimidation (PFI)
    • Victim must be a minor and the defendant must be an adult.
    • No family, dating or household relationship with the defendant.
    • No intimate or sexual relationship with the defendant.
    • Intimidation includes harassment and stalking offenses.
    • Relief available includes ‘no contact’ and any other appropriate relief sought by the petitioner and granted by the judge
  • Sexual Violence Protection (SVP)
    • No family or household relationship with the defendant.
    • No intimate or sexual relationship with the defendant.
    • Sexual violence includes sexual offenses including sexual abuse, exploitation and endangering the welfare of children.
    • Relief available includes ‘no contact’ and any other appropriate relief sought by the petitioner and granted by the judge.

 

PFA orders can restrict and remove you from your residence, and could impact you in a custody situation. If you have questions regarding these orders; if you have been served with a PFA; if you have been abused and need a PFA; please contact Attorney Suzanne S. Smith for a free consultation to further discuss your legal rights regarding these orders. 

 

In 2015, the Protection from Sexual Violence or Intimidation Act took effect. This act applies to those who do not have a relationship as defined in the PFA act. If you are served with a SVP or PFI Order or you are seeking to obtain one, contact Attorney Suzanne S. Smith.