To get into some more specifics, charges of domestic violence can come from instances such as harassment, stalking, simple assault, or aggravated assault. Additionally, any of these things can be grounds for the victim issuing a Protection from Abuse Order (PFA) against you.
Charges of domestic violence can bring about very severe consequences. There are often very large fines, probation, or jail time associated with such charges. Additionally, as these are charges typically within the home (between spouses, boyfriends and girlfriends), these charges can cause you to lose your residence, lose custody of your children, lose your access to your guns, or even be ineligible for certain jobs.
It is therefore very important that you know your rights and understand the penalties that can be inflicted upon you if you are charged with domestic violence. Being convicted of domestic violence can uproot and destroy your life. It is essential that you consult with an experienced attorney who understands criminal procedure and how to strategically plan for your best-case scenario outcome.
This area of law is very complex and the courts take any and every allegation of domestic violence and abuse very seriously. If you’ve been accused of a crime that you did not commit it is especially important that you work with a Pennsylvania criminal law attorney that will protect your rights.