5 Ways a Protection From Abuse Order (PFA) Against You Can Impact Your Life 

  1. A PFA may require you to move out of a shared apartment or home. You may need to find a new place to live very quickly.
  2. The order could require you to stay away from your children. It could grant your accuser full physical custody of your children and require you to pay child support.
  3. The order can require you to let your accuser keep a shared vehicle or your vehicle. You could suddenly find yourself without a vehicle you typically rely on to get to work.
  4. You could be required to hand over any firearms you own to law enforcement. You may not be able to own or possess guns, even hunting rifles.
  5. A PFA can come up with an employer when they run a background checks on you. Consequently, it could hinder your chances of gaining employment. It could also make it difficult to obtain certain professional licenses.

How a lawyer can help

Our attorneys can help you by:

  • Reviewing the allegations against you
  • Determining whether you were properly served the court documents
  • Gathering evidence to support your innocence
  • Filing your appearance in your court
  • Filing any necessary response to the restraining order petition
  • Preparing you for the protection order hearing
  • Representing you during the protection order hearing
  • Presenting evidence of your innocence during the hearing
  • When applicable, presenting evidence of the plaintiff’s ulterior motives at the hearing
  • Fighting for the false order of protection request to be dropped
  • Fighting for the provisions within a protective order to be as narrow as possible

A restraining order can impact every aspect of your life. When the stakes are so high, it is essential to hire an experienced attorney to defend you in order to have a long-term or temporary order of protection dismissed.