Changes to Domestic Violence Laws in PA

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

Last November, an NBC10 report exposing the healthcare industry's lack of reporting protocol sparked a media uproar and spurred officials to take action. In a follow-up report, NBC10 now claims that policymakers plan to enforce laws mandating the tracking of emergency room visits and routine checkups that involve domestic violence. While the news comes as a win for advocacy groups, the legislation can lead to reporting errors that ruin a respondent's life.

In Pennsylvania, hospitals require consent from a victim to report domestic violence injuries to the police. Under the proposed new laws, hospitals and doctors can report these injuries without asking the victim or requiring their approval. These changes pose challenges to defendants, especially those who are innocent. The legal repercussions create significant obstacles in a defendant's life, and more than their reputation is at stake.

Protective Orders May Increase

As the pandemic continues to rage, information about the prevalence of domestic violence in Pennsylvania remains unclear. While some sources claim a surge in the number of cases, others report the opposite. The new reporting mandates will only add to the confusion and discrepancies in reporting. Suppose policymakers roll out the proposed changes next year. If that happens, the number of Protection from Abuse orders, or PFAs, may increase.

If you have a pending case and receive a PFA, any violation may exacerbate your case outcome. Even if you are innocent, you cannot and must not attempt to contact the alleged victim. Your best chance of success is to call a criminal defense attorney who works to uncover the truth behind allegations.

What to do if Facing a PFA

In Pennsylvania, abuse does not have to be physical for an alleged victim to file for a PFA. You can receive one if you are allegedly stalking or harassing the victim. Unless the person filing withdraws the report or a judge dismisses it, a protective order can lead to housing loss, access to your children, and fines. In worst-case scenarios, you may find yourself behind bars.

When you are subject to a court-ordered restraining order, you must follow the terms of the order and cease contact with the alleged victim. However, that doesn't mean you don't have options. For the best possible outcome, you need the advice of a PA defense attorney who works in your best interests and helps you overcome the impact of false or misleading charges.

How the LLF Law Firm Helps

PA criminal defense attorney's with LLF Law Firm will thoroughly examine your case and helps bolster your chances of success in court. Even if you have a pending suit, they help minimize damage and improve your chances of a favorable outcome. With the right defense strategy, you'll have the advantage you need to reduce the consequences of this life-changing allegation.

With a proven track record of success defending clients throughout Pennsylvania, the LLF Law Firm is by your side when you have nowhere to turn. You don't have to face allegations alone, especially when your life and reputation are at stake. Call the LLF Law Firm for expert advice and discreet consultation at 888-535-3686.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients in criminal courtrooms in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania as well as in New Jersey and nationwide. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the criminal justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


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