Domestic Violence Law Pennsylvania
Article by: Michael Kotik Lawyer at LegalPhilly.com
Domestic Violence / Domestic Abuse applies to crimes when there is a domestic relationship between the defendant and victim. Such charges can be invoked on a variety of crimes, including:
- False imprisonment
- Criminal Trespass
- Violating a restraining order
Domestic violence can include multiple members of a family including children. In Pennsylvania Domestic violence can be applied to different forms of abuse, whether it’s physical, emotional, verbally or sexual. However, it’s not necessary for the defendant to come in contact with the victim for them to be charged with domestic violence—they can also be charged for intimidation tactics such as deprivation or stalking.
The penalty for Domestic Violence depends on the specific crime. The penalty could be as light as being forced to take anger management classes or counseling, to as heavy as felony charges with jail time.
Domestic violence should never be tolerated and restraining orders are available to protect you from someone who is abusive—regardless of the style of abuse. It’s important if you are in a relationship experiencing domestic violence to contact both the police and legal counsel. Attorneys like those at Legal Philly will help guide you through protective measures and be careful in these often-sensitive times to handle your case with diligence and care.
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