A woman from Philadelphia successfully obtained a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order against her boyfriend after he threatened to kill her and stated that he possessed a gun. The Court of Common Please PFA order stated that the man needed to relinquish the gun to the Sheriff of Philadelphia County, but the two police officers who served the PFA order failed to seize the man's gun.
The man killed the woman's brother shortly after being served with the PFA order, and the family of the brother is now claiming that the police officers were at fault for failing to seize the man's gun. A PFA order is designed to protect anyone is a relationship, whether they are married or not, from dangerous behaviors such as hitting, abusing, harassing, or stalking.
The law does not allow someone to file for a PFA if they have fear of a future threat, and the individual seeking the PFA must be under danger at that time. The woman was able to obtain a PFA because she could prove that she had fear of imminent bodily injury and that she was frightened for her safety. A PFA can remain in place for up to three years after a hearing and can include a provision for the surrendering of arms, as was ordered by the judge in this recent case.
If you fear for your safety and would like to know more about how you can file for a PFA, contact a Philadelphia divorce lawyer at the Benari Law Group. It is important to take immediate action to protect your rights and your safety so that you can live without the fear of abuse or danger. With the help of a skilled
Philadelphia divorce attorney from our firm, you can achieve your legal goals and move forward with your life.