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Domestic Violence Attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Facing a domestic violence charge can be an incredibly challenging and distressing experience - one that often leaves individuals feeling lost and alone. As an attorney at Natalie Snyder Law, I understand the confusion and fear that often follow a domestic violence charge.

I'm here to provide guidance and legal support to those facing such accusations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and throughout Allegheny County, Butler County, Washington County, Westmoreland County, Western and Northwestern Pennsylvania. I'll help you navigate the complex legal system, explain your rights, and work tirelessly so that you receive fair treatment. Don't go through this alone - reach out to me today.

Domestic Violence in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, domestic violence is a serious crime with severe consequences. It's defined as any act of abuse committed by one family member or partner against another. This can include physical, emotional, sexual, or economic abuse. As your attorney, I strive to keep you fully informed so that you fully understand the charges against you, the laws surrounding them, and what you can expect during the legal process.

Pennsylvania Laws

Pennsylvania has stringent laws in place to protect victims of domestic violence. Under the Protection from Abuse Act (PFA), victims can seek protective orders against their abusers. These orders can include provisions such as requiring the abuser to cease all contact, leave the shared home, or relinquish firearms.

Additionally, domestic violence offenses are subject to criminal prosecution under specific laws such as aggravated assault, simple assault, stalking, and harassment. The severity of penalties varies based on the severity of the offense, ranging from fines and probation to imprisonment. An important aspect to note is that Pennsylvania laws apply to not just spouses or intimate partners, but also to family members and those sharing a household. If you are facing such charges, it is crucial to understand these laws and seek legal assistance to defend your rights.

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Possible Consequences and Penalties

The penalties for domestic violence in Pennsylvania are severe and can significantly impact your life. They can include:

  • Jail. Conviction can result in jail time, the length of which varies based on the severity of the charges and any previous convictions.

  • Fines. Fines are another common penalty, which can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

  • Loss of Firearms. Pennsylvania law mandates that anyone convicted of a domestic violence offense must surrender their firearms.

  • Anger Management Classes. Courts often require those convicted to complete anger management or domestic violence intervention programs.

  • Loss Parenting Privileges/Custody. A domestic violence conviction can also affect your parental rights, including potential loss of custody or visitation rights.

  • Deported. Non-citizens convicted of domestic violence may face deportation.

In a nutshell, the consequences of a domestic violence conviction in Pennsylvania can be deeply life-altering, affecting various aspects of your personal, social, and financial life. It's crucial to understand the seriousness of these charges and the potential penalties they carry. However, remember that being charged does not equate to being guilty - you have the right to defend yourself. Seek immediate legal assistance to navigate this complex situation and protect your rights.

Possible Defenses

When facing a domestic violence charge in Pennsylvania, it's vital to remember that you have the right to present a defense. Various legal strategies exist to challenge the allegations, depending on the circumstances and specifics of your case.

  • False Accusation: We'll investigate the possibility that you have been falsely accused due to misunderstanding, miscommunication, or malice.

  • Self-Defense: If you were protecting yourself during the incident, we'll argue a self-defense case.

  • Lack of Intent: We'll explore the possibility that you lacked the intent necessary for a conviction.

  • Insufficient Evidence: If the evidence against you is weak or lacks credibility, we will make a case for insufficient evidence.

  • Violation of Rights: If your rights were violated during the arrest or investigation, we'll use this as a part of your defense.

In essence, a multitude of defenses may be available to you, tailored to your unique case and circumstances.

Domestic Violence Defense Attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Facing a domestic violence charge is overwhelming, but you don't have to face it alone. At Natalie Snyder Law, I'm committed to defending your rights and guiding you through this challenging time. If you're in Pittsburgh or the surrounding areas, reach out to me today for the legal counsel you need.