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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can they take your driver's license for over 2 years for underage drinking? Section 6308.

I was underage and intoxicated, I was also just walking home. I dont see how they can take it for that long.

TERM SUSPENSION/REVOCATION

-You have a 2 YEAR(S) suspension/revocation that began(or will

begin) on 05/20/18 and will end on 05/20/20. The suspension/revocation... Read more »

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Mar 26, 2020

Because under the old rules the statute allowed them to do that. If it was not a second offense underaged talk to an experienced PennDOT attorney about appealing it.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can they suspend your driver's license for underage drinking for 2 years, I was not in a vehicle or even close to one

I was walking home intoxicated. I wasnt even driving and they took my liscence for over 2 years.

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Mar 26, 2020

Under the old rules they could for a second offense. They changed the statute a while back.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was harrassment a person by telephone for 4 years my friend that works with him gave me guy number I just kept harra.

Got questions on harrassment by phone on Pennsylvania what are degree of charge I heard some are sumor offense and other is misdemeanor 3 what are degree of harassment in Pennsylvania

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Mar 26, 2020

Can be both or neither. There are m3 harassmemts, there are summary harassments, and there are m1 stalkings. Could be any ir all of these charges. Report it to the police and let them sort it out.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hello I got into a situation with my boyfriend we had a petty argument when led to a petty petty fight so now I had to

Me and my boyfriend got into a petty fight over a game and was upset he los the game and now we had a argument things got heated and loud so i threw his other games on the floor and he got upset pushed /shoved me and then I push bed him back and he threw one of the cases at my face which left knot... Read more »

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Mar 23, 2020

I am not sure what advice you need. He needs a lawyer. You are not responsible, the officer charged based on the evidence he has. You cant stop thos even if you want to. Be forthright about how you want the case handled. The Distrixt Attorney doesnt have to listen to you but a lot of times... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hello, I am interested in finding out more information about the ramifications on those charged w/ Terrorist threats.

Is it possible to purchase a firearm and acquire a CCL? It has been ten years since I was charged with this type of crime and I am actively looking to expunge it so I can take up my hobby of shooting and being able to protect my family again.

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Mar 23, 2020

The challenge is that you are likely prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm. This is for two reasons, the fact that your punishment could have been for more than 1 year and secondly because it was for a crime of violence. The feds define crime of violence as "an offense that has as... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I accidentally set off an alarm at a community college, and was stopped by the police. And I'm worried.

I was doing my routine walk around the local community college, and I usually stop inside a building for water and food. And I accidentally set off an alarm because apparently the campus is on lock down for COVID-19. And I was not informed about this, so I went to the campus police. But before I... Read more »

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Mar 22, 2020

Highly dountful. Unless tou left out some facts the most to be worried about would be a summary trespass violation. Summary trespass would come in the mail. You made an admission which they can use against you. If you have a clean record and there are no missing facts a citation is the most... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: My boyfriend broke PFA orders on 3/14 & 3/15. We placed PFA on each 3/12. The police refuse to arrest. Please help

He beat me on 3/6& 3/8 I did not report it. 3/10 he tried to have me committed by 302 order signed by the judge. The police forcefully took me to the hospital I then decided I to have charges brought against him, the police officer said “one thing at a time if and when you get out come see me”.... Read more »

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Mar 17, 2020

Unfortunately, this is a mess, as you well know. The challenge is you are reacting to his moves so your credibility is at issue. The officer does not have to charge if there are significant cresibility issues. What I would suggest is you contact your counties womens support organization.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I obtain free legal aid for my child who was assaulted

Original officers said they can’t do anything because the marks are no longer visible

Hit with a belt in head, back and neck

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Feb 23, 2020

Free legal aid to do what? Id you are going to sue the person who assaulted the child you would need to seek out civil counsel. They would be able to determine whether the case was worth any money or not. If you are looking for aomeone to charge criminally, you can ask the district attorneys... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: We have a Chile together and have had all contact between parents which has made things very difficul could I argue that
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Feb 22, 2020

Respectfully, what? You may need to re-attempt your querry.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: My ex who used to beat me and harassed and stalked me when I left him I have contacted him since just making sure the pf

A couldn’t get thrown out or I wasn’t violating anything can he still get in trouble or arrested for communicating with me even if I made first contact he is now threatening and harassing me

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Feb 22, 2020

Depends on the status of the PFA. If its still a temp he can argue you arent really afraid of hom since you keep contacting him. Additionally, if he is contacting you in response to you contact it makes it harder fornyou to argue he is in contempt. If you get a PFA against someone you cant get... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: If I have a pfa against someone but I have contacted them what will happen
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Feb 22, 2020

To who? You have a PFA against them thus you are not the subject of the order. You contacting them is not against the law. The other person is the subject of the order. If they are smart they wont accept your communication and document the harassment with the police.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Pennsylvania on
Q: I need help with my dui case in Bedford pa who can help me

I have 2 prior dui convictions in Florida that are over 15 years old and I just recently got another dui in Bedford pa. What kind of punishment am I looking at?

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Feb 21, 2020

Per the facts you put forth you are a first offense DUI (there is a 10 year lookback period). However, this is your third offense lifetime. Some District Attorneys will want to add time because of this. You are looking at a likely mandatory sentence of up to 72 hours, with a $1000 fine in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Wrongful Death for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I contact the DA about an overdose death investigation that I believe is taking too long, and how?

December 31, 2018 my daughter father/ my best friend died from an overdose. No one ever contacted me, his girlfriend, or his mother during this course. I found out who was in charge of his investigation and she asked me to come, she told me alot and what she could, now a new person is in charge. I... Read more »

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Feb 18, 2020

There is a lot of information missing here to give you a good answer. Reaching out to the District Attorneys office would be a normal course of action. Keep in mind they may know nothing about the investigation but many times, depending on county, if its a drug delivery resulting in death... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If my accusor passed away earlier this month will my case be thrown out?

I was accused of forgery from a woman that I was doing landscaping for, she recently passed away and I received a plea agreement from the state, I have not accepted it, as most officers have told me that the case will be thrown out. What are my next steps from here, will this case be thrown out?

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Feb 17, 2020

Most "officers"? Hopefully, you have an attorney working with you. As Mr. Hall noted the complainant being deceased doesnt necessarily end the case. There are a number of ways to prove it without her. If you have gone through discovery with your attorney you should know what other evidence they... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: This is for pa.3rd.circuit state criminal court.Can a jury consider the legality of a vehicle search by police?

In other words can a jury make the determination or decision of the legality of a vehicle search by police,or is that aspect solely a matter for judge to rule on?

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Feb 16, 2020

Generally, the legality of a vehicle stop/search comes up as a suppression issue. This is an effort to keep the information from the tryer of fact as it was illegally gotten (fruit of the poisonous tree). However, if there are wuestions about the stop they could impact the veracity of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I go to jail for a one time harassment?

My ex girlfriend went to the police saying that I was harassing her over text. The police called me and gave me the option to cease. All contact has stopped! Am I still in the clear or how long do I know if something is going to happen?

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Jan 28, 2020

Theoretically, yes. Since you don't offer anymore information, a summary can carry up to 90 days in jail.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Pennsylvania on
Q: I had a dui 17 years ago and was given ard. I just got one again. Could I get ard again?
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Jan 25, 2020

Some counties allow a second DUI ARD. Many dont. The only way to get this answer is to contact a local attorney. Lancaster County has very specific rules to get ARD and if you dont adhere to them strictly they will deny.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was diagnosed with severe PTSD and my Dr wrote a note saying until I am mentally better that I was not able to attend

any appts with my lawyer and court proceedings she says any more stress I will have a mental breakdown was informed by lawters assistant I had to go to court or a bench warrant would be issued I mental am worse than I was at drs

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Jan 25, 2020

That type of note from your doctor generally isnt sufficient to excuse you from court appearances (if you are the defendant).

This is really a conversation you should have with your attorney. You cant, and shouldnt, provide us with the information we need to comment online. If you feel...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: Will my child be free from their father if their father moves from Pennsylvania to Florida without an arrangement?

We do not currently have an official custody arrangement. It has been 9 years since we divorced. The children are both 15 years old. We are afraid to go for court for one because the children don't want to see their father more than they have to if we fail to get sole custody. However, the father... Read more »

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Jan 24, 2020

I am not sure what safe legally means? The father has an equal right to see his children, so a court may order visitation. The children's viewpoint is one of 16 factors the court considers in ordering visitation. Here is where it gets nasty. Florida is a member of the custody compact but they... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: with a bench warrant in Lancaster county pa do they come to home to pick you up?
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Jan 24, 2020

Eventually. The idea is that they will hopefully pick you up when you are out and about. But every county does roundups every so often. Ideally, they will catch you in your car, for a speeding ticket, then you are an easy target. Eventually, they will come to get you though (holidays are a... Read more »

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