When domestic violence erupts, victims need immediate legal assistance for the sake of their security. Your safety and your children’s are of paramount importance, and every moment of delay keeps you in jeopardy. That’s why Louis Wm. Martini, Jr., P.C. responds quickly to clients throughout Delaware County who are the victims of abuse. But, unfortunately, parties also make false or exaggerated claims of domestic abuse deliberately to discredit another person. This is why our family law practice also provides strong advocacy for alleged abusers facing accusations that carry serious consequences. No matter what side of this issue you find yourself on, we are committed to vigorously protecting you, your rights and your family.
When you call some law firms, you get shuttled between third-party answering services, receptionists, case managers and paralegals. Not here. When you become a client, you receive attorney Louis Martini’s personal cellphone number, so you can call him directly whenever you need help. This is a valuable asset in domestic violence cases, when so much is at stake. You deserve to be able to reach your lawyer in your time of need.
If you or a family member has been threatened by domestic violence, you have the right to obtain a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order, commonly called a restraining order. You can request a PFA in response to certain types of threatening conduct by an intimate partner or a family member, such as:
A PFA does not cover abuse by a stranger or a roommate with whom you are not intimately involved. Acts that qualify for protection include:
A petitioner can ask for any or all of the following orders in the PFA petition:
The PFA has the force of law, and violations subject the targeted person to arrest, potential jail time, or probation, as well as fines.
Louis Wm. Martini, Jr., P.C. acts quickly to help you obtain an emergency PFA order to protect you immediately. After we have that temporary order in place, we can help you pursue a more permanent PFA order that can require your abuser to cease all contact with you for up to three years.
Being accused of domestic violence can damage your reputation and hurt your career. If you are in the midst of a divorce, you risk losing custody and visitation rights. If the petition comes from someone you cohabit with, you can be barred from entering your own home. You can also lose your right to possess firearms. Finally, you may even be required to pay support to the alleged victim.
When your rights are on the line, you need someone who will fight for you in court. Lawyer Louis Martini is no stranger to the courtroom, with more than 20 years of experience representing clients at trial. During this difficult time, we provide the legal and emotional support you need. We challenge the petitioner’s allegations and assert your right to due process. We also work for resolutions that are constructive, rather than punitive, including diversion programs that can help in healing families going through a domestic crisis.
Louis Wm. Martini, Jr., P.C. provides reliable guidance and determined representation for clients with domestic violence issues. Call us at 610-624-4227 or contact our office online to schedule a free consultation. We are conveniently located at 206 West State Street, just a few short blocks from the Delaware County Courthouse.