When domestic violence occurs or is claimed to have occurred, involved parties face an immediate need to enforce legal rights. Have you or your child been abused by your spouse or partner, or the parent of your child? Have you been accused of family violence and wish to defend yourself against allegations?

The Harrisburg law firm of Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC can provide experienced help. Our attorney team has provided legal solutions to residents of central Pennsylvania for a combined 65 years.

Legal Help For Victims

If you or your child face an immediate and present danger of abuse, our attorney team can petition for a temporary order for protection. It is not necessary to involve the other party at this point; the court can conduct an "ex parte" (i.e. "without the party") proceeding resulting in temporary and fast protection.

An ex parte order can prevent the alleged abuser from entering property, contacting minor children and approaching the claimant. And the order and its protection remains in effect until modified or terminated by the court.

Legal Help When You Are Accused

Family violence allegations can be partially and even wholly untrue. When you face false accusations, we can provide experienced help.

In addition to family law, firm attorney Jeffrey Engle has practiced criminal defense law for over ten years, and:

  • Is both a former assistant public defender and a former assistant public prosecutor
  • Has taught Pennsylvania Search and Seizure Law educational courses and Police Practice and Procedure classes to the Pennsylvania State Police

We can provide aggressive and experienced legal representation to contest abuse and family violence charges. A conviction can negatively affect your rights regarding custody, the right to possess certain firearms, property division and more. For effective legal help following family violence or family violence charges, contact our office for a no-charge discussion of your case and concerns.

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding family violence and Protection from Abuse (PFA), contact the Harrisburg law firm of Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC. We accept credit cards, are available for evening and weekend appointments and operate two offices for your convenience. To contact a lawyer, call 717-827-4074.