Pennsylvania Protective Orders Laws
Pennsylvania has a protective order law that is triggered in domestic violence cases. Such court orders often state, for instance, that an abusive spouse may not come within a stated distance of another person for a period of time. In Pennsylvania, protective orders (also called "restraining orders") may also be used in stalking cases.
The basic provisions of Pennsylvania's protective order laws are listed in the table below. See Domestic Violence: Orders of Protection and Restraining Orders for more information.
|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|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- please contact a Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.