Domestic Violence and Abuse in Pennsylvania

Domestic Violence and Abuse in Pennsylvania

Our society often considers acts of domestic violence and abuse among the most egregious acts that someone can commit against another.  Since such acts attack the foundation of our lives and family, it is easy to understand that law enforcement and prosecutors go after offenders zealously.  Even when the facts show little to no evidence of abuse, a prosecutor may still choose to pursue a case simply based on the concern that later evidence of abuse may surface resulting in victim injuries or even death.

For the purposes of the law, domestic violence encompasses a wide range of behaviors committed by one person against a family member or someone with whom he or she has an intimate relationship.  Behaviors that can constitute domestic abuse or violence include:

  • Physical violence
  • Sexual, emotional and psychological intimidation
  • Verbal abuse
  • Stalking
  • Financial control

A domestic abuse charge can be cited in the following crimes if the alleged defendant and victim have a domestic relationship:

  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Criminal mischief
  • Criminal restraint
  • False imprisonment
  • Harassment
  • Homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking

You can also be charged for violating a protection from abuse (PFA).

Penalties for Domestic Violence Convictions in Pennsylvania

If you are convicted of a domestic violence charge or a PFA violation you face serious consequences which can range from anger management treatment to prison sentences.

When fighting charges of domestic violence or abuse your first priority should be to contact an experienced Pennsylvania domestic abuse defense attorney.  An experienced attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of the facts of the case, the evidence, and the circumstances in order to mount an effective defense.  Contact The Law Office of John E. Kusturiss online or call 610.565.0240 today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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