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Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Lawyer

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Domestic Violence Defense Attorney in Kingston, PA, Advocates for Clients to Protect Their Rights and Reputation in Luzerne County, Lackawanna County, Columbia County, and Throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania

Have you been arrested and charged with committing domestic violence? Law enforcement and prosecutors consider domestic violence a serious criminal offense and devote considerable resources to prosecuting those accused of domestic violence. You deserve skilled legal counsel who can level the playing field and stand up for your rights and interests. Turn to a Pennsylvania domestic violence lawyer from Muckler Law, LLC, for help.

Since 2009, founding attorney Matthew Muckler has represented clients facing domestic violence and other criminal charges throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. With a background as a former Luzerne County assistant district attorney, Matthew Muckler understands how prosecutors prepare and pursue criminal cases. He uses his insights to develop legal solutions tailored to pursuing a favorable outcome for clients. Our firm strives to build a relationship of trust and transparency with you, keeping you in the loop to update you on your case and answer your questions as they arise.

If you’ve been accused of committing domestic violence in Pennsylvania, you need experienced representation to defend your rights and reputation. Contact Muckler Law, LLC, for a free case review to learn how a domestic violence defense attorney in Kingston, PA, will help you face and resolve your serious charges.

Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Laws

Pennsylvania law defines domestic violence or abuse as the commission of one or more enumerated acts between family/household members, sexual or intimate partners, or persons who share biological parenthood. Enumerated acts of domestic violence include:

  • Attempting to cause or intentionally/knowingly/recklessly causing bodily injury, serious bodily injury, rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, or incest
  • Putting a victim in reasonable fear of imminent severe injury
  • False imprisonment
  • Physically/sexually abusing minor children
  • Knowingly engaging in a course of conduct under circumstances that place the target of the conduct in reasonable fear of injury
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Penalties for a Domestic Violence Conviction

A person convicted of committing an enumerated act of domestic violence may face various penalties. First, a person may face penalties for a conviction for the underlying enumerated act. Sentences for a conviction on an enumerated act will depend on the grading of the offense. Maximum sentences under Pennsylvania law include:

  • First-degree felony: Up to 20 years imprisonment.
  • Second-degree felony: Up to 10 years imprisonment.
  • Third-degree felony: Up to seven years imprisonment.
  • First-degree misdemeanor: Up to five years incarceration.
  • Second-degree misdemeanor: Up to two years incarceration.
  • Third-degree misdemeanor: Up to one year of incarceration.

Committing domestic violence may also enable the victim to seek a protection-from-abuse order from the court. A PFA order imposes various restrictions on a defendant designed to prevent further acts of domestic abuse. Restrictions frequently include requirements to keep a minimum distance away from the victim, refrain from contacting the victim or their family, refrain from visiting the victim’s place of work, and surrender firearms or other deadly weapons.

If a person commits domestic violence while subject to a protection order entered in favor of the victim, they may face additional penalties for contempt of a protection from abuse order. These penalties include a fine of $300 to $1,000 and either imprisonment or supervised probation of up to six months.

Let a Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Lawyer from Muckler Law, LLC, Help You Protect Your Freedom and Future

Accusations of domestic violence can have serious effects on your reputation and future. A domestic violence conviction can lead to restrictions from a PFA order, an incarceration term, and fines. You deserve an experienced domestic violence defense attorney in Kingston, PA, who will leave no stone unturned in advocating for an acquittal or the best possible outcome to your charges. When you’ve been arrested and charged with domestic violence, turn to Muckler Law, LLC, for legal help with:

  • Investigating your case to secure evidence that may be helpful to build a defense
  • Understanding your charges and the potential outcomes of your case
  • Evaluating your options for addressing your charges, including the likelihood of success at trial or alternatives to prosecution
  • Protecting your legal rights, including with motions to exclude evidence or statements unlawfully obtained by the police
  • Contesting the strength of the state’s case by moving to reduce or dismiss your charges
  • Defending yourself in a contempt hearing if you have been charged with violating an existing PFA order
  • Presenting a compelling defense in court if you decide to fight your charges at trial

Don’t let domestic violence charges have long-term adverse consequences on your life. Turn to an experienced Pennsylvania domestic violence lawyer to help you fight for your freedom and future. Contact Muckler Law, LLC, today for a free, confidential consultation to see how our firm will advocate for your rights and reputation when you are facing domestic violence charges.

Frequently Asked Questions About Domestic Violence in Pennsylvania

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