Protecting Your Relationship With Your Family
An order of protection, or a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order, can be one of the most catastrophic events for a father or a mother. With the potential for loss of contact with your kids and a ruined reputation – as well as criminal sanctions – there is a lot on the line.
The Law Office Of Michael T. Winters represents clients in PFA hearings and throughout the process. The firm serves clients in Lancaster and throughout the surrounding Pennsylvania areas. Mike Winters has more than 25 years of experience as a lawyer handling criminal defense matters. In addition, he spent six years as an active police officer, so he is no stranger to family conflicts and the legal processes involved with PFA cases. He will help you get the best results possible out of the situation.
The PFA Process
The process moves very quickly. In many cases, a judge will issue a temporary protection order right away if he or she finds valid cause. If that happens, you will have to stay away from your family during that time.
The official hearing will happen usually within 10 business days of the initial hearing. This is a very short time frame to mount a solid defense. During that hearing, the judge could grant a protection order that lasts up to three years.
There is no time to waste. You will be in a court hearing very quickly. Without proper representation, you could lose your right to see your own family, and there are other long-term consequences as well. In addition to a protection order keeping you from your family, you could face jail time and fines. You do not want to lose out at the hearing, so make sure you get legal help you can trust right away.