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Domestic Statutes

§ 6122. Construction.

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Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to preclude an action for wrongful use of civil process pursuant to 42 Pa.C.S. Ch. 83 Subch. E (relating to wrongful use of civil proceedings) or criminal prosecution for a violation of 18 Pa.C.S. Ch. 49 (relating to falsification and intimidation). (Nov. 10, 2005, P.L.335, No.66, eff. 180 […]

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§ 6121. Warrantless searches.

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Except as provided in section 6113 (relating to arrest for violation of order), nothing in this chapter shall authorize a warrantless search for firearms, other weapons or ammunition. (Nov. 10, 2005, P.L.335, No.66, eff. 180 days) 2005 Amendment.  Act 66 added section 6121.

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§ 6120. Inability to pay.

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(a)  Order for installment payments.–Upon plea and proof that a person is without the financial means to pay a fine, a fee, economic relief ordered under section 6108(a)(8) (relating to relief) or a cost, a court may order payment of money owed in installments appropriate to the circumstances of the person and shall fix the […]

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§ 6119. Immunity.

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(a)  General rule.–Law enforcement agencies and their employees, including police officers and sheriffs, shall, except as provided in subsection (b), be immune from civil liability for actions taken in good faith to carry out their duties relating to the seizure and relinquishment of firearms, other weapons and ammunition as provided for in this chapter, except […]

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§ 6117. Procedure and other remedies.

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(a)  General rule.–Unless otherwise indicated in this chapter, a proceeding under this chapter shall be in accordance with applicable general rules and shall be in addition to any other available civil or criminal remedies. The plaintiff and the defendant may seek modification of an order issued under section 6108 (relating to relief) at any time […]

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§ 6116. Confidentiality.

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Unless a victim waives the privilege in a signed writing prior to testimony or disclosure, a domestic violence counselor/advocate or a coparticipant who is present during domestic violence counseling/advocacy shall not be competent nor permitted to testify or to otherwise disclose confidential communications made to or by the counselor/advocate by or to a victim. The […]

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§ 6115. Reporting abuse and immunity.

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(a)  Reporting.–A person having reasonable cause to believe that a person is being abused may report the information to the local police department. (b)  Contents of report.–The report should contain the name and address of the abused person, information regarding the nature and extent of the abuse and information which the reporter believes may be […]

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§ 6114.1. Civil contempt or modification for violation of an order or agreement.

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(a)  General rule.–A plaintiff may file a petition for civil contempt with the issuing court alleging that the defendant has violated any provision of an order or court-approved agreement issued under this chapter or a foreign protection order. (b)  Civil contempt order.–Upon finding of a violation of a protection order or court-approved consent agreement issued […]

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§ 6114. Contempt for violation of order or agreement.

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(a)  General rule.–Where the police, sheriff or the plaintiff have filed charges of indirect criminal contempt against a defendant for violation of a protection order issued under this chapter, a foreign protection order or a court-approved consent agreement, the court may hold the defendant in indirect criminal contempt and punish the defendant in accordance with […]

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§ 6113.1. Private criminal complaints for violation of order or agreement.

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(a)  General rule.–A plaintiff may file a private criminal complaint against a defendant, alleging indirect criminal contempt for a noneconomic violation of any provision of an order or court-approved consent agreement issued under this chapter or a foreign protection order, with the court, the office of the district attorney or the magisterial district judge in […]

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