Protection From Abuse (PFA)

Protection From Abuse (PFA) Attorney Serving Luzerne, Lackawanna and Columbia Counties Including Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and Pittston

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, protection from abuse orders (PFAs) offer victims of abuse legal protection from their abuser. Protection orders may be issued in cases that involve physical force, emotional abuse or imminent threats of bodily injury.

There are three types of PFA’s that are available to victims including:

  • iStock_000015154379_LargeEmergency orders – an emergency order is issued typically when the courts are closed and is granted by a magisterial District Judge. These orders are issued when an immediate threat is posed and is typically good only until the next business day.
  • Ex-parte temporary PFA’s – these orders are provided solely on the basis of an application a victim files. There is no need for the abuser to be present in court when these orders are issued.
  • Final PFA’s – the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania allows for a full court hearing in which abusers and victims provide evidence before judge. When these orders are issued, they may be valid for up to three years. If circumstances warrant it, these orders may also be extended.

No one should ever have to fear for their safety. Victims of abuse should contact the Lehman Law, P.C. for assistance with any type of protection from abuse order.