Harrisburg, PA asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Can a Plaintiff be in violation for contacting the Defendant with a PFA?

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3 Lawyer Answers

Jonathon Luff

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: While it is not a violation it does weaken your case to have one in the first place and if the defendant does violate it gives them a defense.

Penelope A. Boyd

  • West Chester, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: A PFA order is entered against the Defendant, and not against the Plaintiff. So in most PFA situations, there is no violation if the Plaintiff contacts the defendant- unless the defendant responds.

Kathryn Hilbush

  • Media, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Unfortunately, no. That's the legal quagmire that faces so many PFA defendants. They're contacted by the plaintiff and don't know what to do. The answer to that is do nothing, unless you have an attorney who can handle it for you. Your friends and family cannot get involved or you may find yourself facing an indirect criminal con=tempt charge.

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