Pennsylvania Protective Orders Laws
|Code Section||Domestic Relations 23 §6102, et seq.|
|Activity Addressed by Order||Enjoin contact; exclude from dwelling, school, employment, or defendant provide suitable alternate housing; regarding minors: temporary custody, visitations, support; relinquish weapons; pay reasonable losses suffered as a result of abuse|
|Duration of Order||emergency: expires at end of next business day; General: maximum 18 mos., may be extended indefinitely|
|Penalty for a Violation of Order||Indirect criminal contempt: jail maximum 6 months and/or fine minimum $100 and maximum $1,000|
|Who May Apply for Order||Adult or emancipated minor or any parent, adult household member, or guardian ad litem on behalf of minor or incompetent|
|Can Fees Be Waived?||Yes, if petitioner prevails; if not, court decides whether petitioner able to pay|
|Order Transmission to Law Enforcement||Petitioner may register order without cost or fee in any county or a copy may be sent to the Pennsylvania State Police registry. Copy to police department with proper jurisdiction and copy to county registry of protection order|
|Civil Liability for Violation of Order||Yes, civil contempt|
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