Domestic Violence is a sensitive and very serious issue. Whether you are being abused or are being accused of domestic violence, an offense of this nature can carry unparalleled emotional, physical, social, and financial weight. Domestic violence comes in many forms and happens in many families, regardless of race, age, and other socioeconomic factors.
Our firm provides clients with patient and understanding attorneys that have the experience necessary to approach these cases with care, to protect you and your family.
If you are the victim of domestic violence, we know you may live in fear of your abuser. Our attorneys can help you to file for a Protection from Abuse Order (usually referred to as a “PFA”), which protects abuse victims from physical and verbal abuse, stalking, and harassment. PFAs are taken very seriously by the courts and a violation of the order can carry strict consequences. Our attorneys are ready to protect you and your family.
If you are being accused of domestic violence or have had a PFA filed against you, you should contact an attorney right away. An accusation of domestic violence can be devastating, and more importantly, can carry additional criminal charges including Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Harassment, and Reckless Endangerment.
In Philadelphia, there are two common diversionary programs which may be offered when the alleged injuries suffered by the complainant are not severe. The first program is for those who have no or limited criminal backgrounds. If accepted into this program, you may be required to complete community service, pay a fine, and undergo counseling sessions with a court-approved program. Upon successful completion, your charges will be dismissed and may be expunged.
The other diversionary program in Philadelphia is a conditional guilty plea. If you have prior arrests or the allegations against you are more serious, this option may still be available to you. If accepted into this program, you may be faced with similar requirements as the first program: a fine, community service, and counseling. However, if you violate the terms of the program, the court may sentence you to probation or jail time.
Our experienced family law and criminal defense attorneys have handled many of these cases and are prepared to help you, whether you are the victim of domestic violence or have been charged with committing domestic violence. Given the consequences of criminal charges or a final PFA order, we highly recommend hiring criminal defense counsel who will advocate for you under the most extreme circumstances.