The Emotional Rollercoaster of Being Served With a Protection From Abuse Order

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

Being served with a protection from abuse order can be an overwhelming and emotionally challenging experience. Regardless of whether you respond with anger, disbelief, or sadness, your emotions are valid, and you do not need to feel embarrassed about feeling them. Although you may feel like exploding with frustration towards law enforcement or the party requesting the order, this can lead to serious legal consequences that only further disrupt your life. If you have been served with a protection from abuse order and need help navigating the emotionally complex process, contact the LLF Law Firm Criminal Defense Team today.

Identify Your Emotions

Discovering that someone, especially someone close to you, such as a spouse, relative, or friend, has decided to take legal action against you can be difficult to process. After reality sets in, you may begin to spiral and feel overwhelmed. At this point, it's important to take some time and seriously reflect on what you are feeling.

Are you feeling betrayed by the person who requested the order? Do you feel grief over your actions in the past? Maybe you feel sadness over the deterioration of a relationship that was significant in your life. Are you angry because the order feels more like a legal tactic than a necessity? Perhaps you feel fearful and anxious about how this order will affect your life moving forward. Some limitations may change your normal route to work, or you may be forced to pay for legal fees you were not expecting.

Identifying the type of emotion you are feeling can help you navigate how to respond appropriately.

Managing Your Emotions

While it's important to identify your emotions, it's even more important to find healthy ways to manage them. Some strategies that can help you manage your emotions may include:

  • Utilizing your support system. Trusted friends, family members, and therapists can all provide a listening ear and provide needed comfort and perspective. Although you may be tempted to contact the person who requested the order to help you understand their reasons for requesting it in the first place, this can have drastic legal consequences.
  • Practicing self-care. Feelings of grief, anger, or sadness can be all-consuming. It's important to engage in healthy activities, meditation, or hobbies that help you relieve stress. If you struggle to participate in these activities alone, inviting a family member or friend to join you during these activities can help keep you accountable as well.
  • Educating yourself. A thorough understanding of the processes surrounding protection from abuse orders can help alleviate uncertainty and empower you to make informed decisions. Working with the experienced Criminal Defense Team at the LLF Law Firm can provide you with a support system that guides you through the legal proceedings and ensures you understand your rights and options, minimizing anxiety and fear.

The Importance of Responding Appropriately

Responding to a protection from abuse order appropriately is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, failure to manage your emotions can lead to serious legal repercussions such as additional charges, fines, and imprisonment. You must comply with the order's terms until the matter is resolved in court, regardless of how frustrated, hurt, or angry you may feel.

Reacting impulsively or aggressively can only further damage the already strained relationship you have with the party requesting the order. Although you may feel at this moment that you don't care to improve that relationship, there are instances, such as when you are co-parenting with the other party, where future communication would be not only healthier for you but for your family as well. Maintaining a level-headed approach improves the chances of resolving conflict and potentially repairing the relationship in the future.

Finally, responding to a protection from abuse order with maturity and respect demonstrates your character and may help safeguard your reputation in the future. Courts will often consider how compliant a restrained party has been when reaching important decisions such as custody arrangements, fines, or even jail time.

If You Have Been Served With a Protection From Abuse Order in Pennsylvania, the LLF Law Firm Can Help!

Being served with a protection from abuse order can be emotionally overwhelming, but it's important to respond healthily. Responding appropriately is vital and can help you avoid legal consequences, minimize relationship damage, and protect your reputation. Contact the experienced LLF Law Firm Criminal Defense Team today for help navigating your unique situation. Contact us today by calling 888-535-3686 or by using our online contact form.

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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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