West Chester, PA 19380
Fill out the form below to get in touch with one of our attorneys.
Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.
Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.
Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.
Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.
David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.
Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.
These locations are available by appointment only
Our firm provides excellent services at reasonable fees and accepts a variety of payment methods, including most major credit card providers.
Lee Ciccarelli has received a 10.0 (Superb) rating on Avvo, the highest possible rating for attorneys on the site. This rating is given based on client reviews, peer endorsements, and professional experience and credentials.
Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders are invaluable tools in ensuring the safety of victims of domestic violence. Unfortunately, there are occasionally instances in which a spouse or intimate partner either manufactures or exaggerates claims of abuse when seeking one of these orders, often to create an advantage for him or herself in a divorce settlement or child custody dispute.
It is extremely important for any person who has been served a PFA order to take the matter very seriously. Failing to appear at a final PFA hearing can result in a maximum three-year PFA order being issued, and the potential consequences are not only next to impossible to undo but the order also becomes a matter of permanent record that will come up on most routine background checks.
If you were recently served a PFA order in Southeastern Pennsylvania, it is critical that you make sure that you have experienced legal counsel before you appear at your final hearing. Ciccarelli Law Offices assists clients from Chester County, Philadelphia County, Montgomery County, Lancaster County, and Delaware County in these matters.
If someone has filed a petition for a PFA order against you in bad faith, our PFA hearing attorneys can investigate the circumstances of your case and develop the strongest possible defense so you face as few consequences as possible when a judge issues a ruling. Call (610) 719-3200 right now to have our firm review your case during a free, confidential consultation.
Any person who has been allegedly abused by a current or former spouse, parent, child, sexual or intimate partner, or another individual related by blood or marriage can file a petition for a PFA order with the Court of Common Pleas in the county where he or she lives or works, the county where the alleged offender lives or works, or the county where the abuse took place. The alleged victim may receive one of two types of orders:
A final PFA order can be issued following the final hearing. This hearing is the alleged offender’s opportunity to present his or her own evidence and call his or her own witnesses. If both sides are able to reach an agreement, a judge may issue a final order without a hearing.
The possible limitations imposed by a PFA order can have a profound impact on the life of an alleged offender. Some of the rights that you could stand to lose or other ways you could be adversely affected by an unfavorable PFA ruling include:
While every court handles certain aspects differently, the final PFA hearing process is largely the same. All alleged offenders need to keep in mind that the no-contact orders that are part of ex parte PFAs are still in effect when entering the courthouse, so they must avoid confronting their alleged victims before the hearings.
Generally, a hearing usually follows this course of events:
Have you been served a PFA order in Southeastern Pennsylvania? You should not delay in making sure that you have legal representation who will fight to protect your best interests.
Ciccarelli Law Offices has offices in West Chester, Lancaster, Kennett Square, Radnor, Plymouth Square, Malvern, Philadelphia, and King of Prussia. Our PFA hearing attorneys will provide a thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (610) 719-3200 to take advantage of a free, no obligation consultation.