In Pennsylvania, restraining orders are known as protection from abuse orders. These orders offer protection from unwanted behaviors such as abuse, harassment or stalking, as indicated by state statute.
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The Process of Obtaining a Protection From Abuse Order
To obtain a protection from abuse order, the party who claims to be abused must file a petition for the restraining order. Immediately, an ex parte order may be entered for either protection only or for an eviction order pending a full hearing.
At the hearing, scheduled seven to ten days from the order being entered, a judge will either dismiss the order based on testimony and evidence or enter a final protection order. If the petition is related to a nonviolent event, the judge may give a 60- to 90-day continuance to allow the parties to cool off. If the judge foresees a continuing threat, he or she may issue a long-term, three-year order of protection.
Protection from abuse orders can have negative consequences for alleged offender. If you have been named in a complaint, it is essential to protect yourself by working with an attorney experienced in handling domestic relations matters including divorce, custody and abuse.
Contact Lee A. Schwartz, Attorney at Law
To learn more about protecting yourself and your children from abuse or protecting yourself from false allegations, contact me, attorney Lee A. Schwartz.