Domestic Violence Charges In Pennsylvania

July 17, 2017By Brian Manchester

Have you or someone you know been arrested for domestic violence in Pennsylvania? When the charge of Domestic Violence is involved you are dealing with family or significate others where emotions will be running high. You must protect yourself by talking to an experienced law firm because the impact of a charge like this can affect you for the rest of your life. These charges come out of anger, jealousy, or spite during breakup or arguments, sometime as a desire for revenge, whether they are truthful or not. Just being charged with Domestic Violence in Pennsylvania can have drastic consequences for you in the short term and the long term.

Domestic Violence is charged when you are being accused of attacking a spouse or person who have been a spouse, or a person living as a spouse or who lived as a spouse, parent and children, other persons related by consanguinity or affinity, current or former sexual or intimate partners or persons who share biological parenthood.

Basically anyone with whom you are in a relationship with or living together with; spouses, former spouses, children, parents and significant others. The possible offense that Domestic Violence is attached to can be harassment, simple assault, aggravated assault, stalking, false imprisonment, sexual assault, or rape to name a few. Once these charges are levied against you the District Attorney’s office will usually go through with the charges regardless if the “victim” tells the Prosecutors that they want the charges dismissed.

When charged with Domestic Violence in Pennsylvania the first thing that will happen is your bail will be set and it will usually include a no contact provision with the “victim”. This more often than not will result in you being kicked out of your house, because you are not allowed to have contact with the victim who is living there. Meaning you will not be able to get the items you need, you will not be able to see your kids, and will have to live in a hotel or out of your car until the bail condition is changed or until the case is resolved in a manner that will allow you to return home.

If you are found guilty of domestic violence in Pennsylvania you can face a possible jail sentence with a lengthy probation sentence to follow, in addition you will lose your right to purchase or own a firearm. You may have to take anger management classes where you will receive counseling, and have to perform community service. These consequences will follow you for the rest of your life.

It is extremely important to contact an experienced law firm right away if you or someone you know is charged with a Crime in Pennsylvania where the police are claiming domestic violence. If you, your son, daughter, or loved one in Pennsylvania has been arrested for a crime in state or federal court in Pennsylvania you need legal representation. Here at Manchester and Associates, we represent people across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For a free consultation we can be contacted at 1-800-243-4878.

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Tags: Charges In Pennsylvania, Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence,

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Brian Manchester is the owner of Manchester and Associates in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. His law firm practices DUI and Criminal Defense exclusively throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania in both state and federal court. He has a team of two other lawyers with a combined 50 years of trial and courtroom experience are also trained in science and many other skills that are relevant to criminal defense to include the psychology of persuasion as well. One of his associates is a former District Attorney (chief prosecutor) in central Pennsylvania.   Mr. Manchester and his team routinely handle serious felony cases including murder, manslaughter, sex crimes, complex financial crimes, and serious assaults. A large part of Mr. Manchester’s practice is the defense of alcohol and drug-based DUI offenses as well as drug cases using science and analytical chemistry. Mr. Manchester has training as a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor. He is one of a handful of Certified Lawyer-Scientists as recognized by the American Chemical Society in the United States. He is a member of NCDD and is a Founding Member of DUIDLA. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society with over 170,000 members across the world. To date, he is the only practicing criminal defense lawyer to belong to the Society of Forensic Toxicologist where he is an Associate Member. Mr. Manchester speaks nationally on the topic of blood and drug testing for alcohol as well as the metrological (measurement uncertainty) in forensic testing.

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