Pennsylvania has adopted a Protection from Abuse Act.
Pursuant to that Act, abuse is defined as the following:
- Attempting to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury, serious bodily injury, rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault or incest with or without a deadly weapon.
- Placing another in reasonable fear of imminent serious bodily injury.
- The infliction of false imprisonment pursuant to 18 Pa. C.S. ’2903 (relating to false imprisonment).
- Physically or sexually abusing minor children, including such terms as defined in Chapter 63 (relating to child protective services).
- Knowingly engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts toward another person, including following the person, without proper authority, under circumstances which place the person in reasonable fear of bodily injury. The definition of this paragraph applies only to proceedings commenced under this title and is inapplicable to any criminal prosecutions commenced under Title 18 (relating to crimes and offenses).
If you are a victim of abuse, our attorneys are prepared to aggressively assist you in getting an appropriate Protection from Abuse Order entered. A Protection from Abuse Order can involve a number of different components including but not limited to excluding the abuser from a residence, eliminating any contact by the abuser, having the abuser relinquish firearms and other weapons, and having temporary Orders for both custody and support entered.
In addition, if a Protection from Abuse action has been filed against you, our attorneys can advise you as to the most appropriate course of action in connection with resolving the action.
About Begley, Carlin, & Mandio, LLP
With nineteen attorneys, the firm is one of the largest full-service law firms in Bucks County. From its office in Langhorne, the firm represents individuals, businesses, banks, municipalities, educational institutions, and school districts in a variety of practice areas including business law, litigation, trusts and estates, family law, real estate, elder, and criminal law matters.
A presence in Bucks County, Pennsylvania since 1933, Begley, Carlin & Mandio, LLP is known as a firm with the reputation and community relations it takes to get things done.