Relief From Abuse Order

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If a Relief From Abuse Order is granted against you, you may lose your right to possess a firearm.

If an RFA is granted against you, it prohibits any contact with the individual or individuals seeking the RFA for the duration of the order (sometimes a up to two years or more). This means no in person contact, no third party contact, and no electronic or telephonic contact.  You can read more about the Vermont’s RFA restrictions here.

If you violate the order, even if the petitioner is the one who initiated the contact, you will be charged with the serious of crime of Violation of a Protective Order (also called a VAPO).

It is important to contact an experienced Vermont criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if you are served with a Relief from Abuse Petition. We can help protect your rights and limit the damage to your reputation.

Jessica Burke

Jessica Burke is a licensed Vermont attorney and the founder of Burke Law. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Boston College in Political Science, and then received her law degree from Washington & Lee Law School. After law school she worked with several top law firms before settling in Vermont and building her own practice. In addition to being licensed to practice law in the state of Vermont, she also holds a State Bar certification in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, among others. She specializes in criminal defense, including DUI defense, homicides, and sex crimes.

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