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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: Should i get a lawyer?

I received a call from my car insurance that said my car was reported in an accident. There was a claim that i side swiped their car causing very minor scratches, however, i have no idea what they talking about. I dont remember swipping anyone. I am going to contest with my insurance, however,... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Jan 14, 2021

Based on what you've described, if you do receive a citation it will likely be a summary offense and points and on your license as opposed to more serious criminal charges. If you do receive a citation or if the police do contact you, you should reach out to an attorney for a consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: Ticket in VA for driving on shoulder CDL A in PA will fine/points effect my CDL Class A for PA Should I just pay 100fine

I was charged with driving on shoulder in VA I have a PA CDL Class A should I just pay the fine of $100.00 and will the 4 points transfer to PA CDL or should I fight it?

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Jan 8, 2021

If you didn't have a CDL, I would have told you that you don't need to worry about points transferring to your PA license. Pennsylvania would take no action on any points you may receive in VA. The only concern I have is whether that offense in VA is considered a "serious traffic... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Will i be granted a PFA?

My best friend left her abusive fiance, and he mostly believes her leaving is my fault. He has already done things to try and cause turmoil in my life since she left him a few days ago and I'm terrified he's going to take it further.

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Jan 8, 2021

A PFA can be filed by those who are family or household members as well as spouse and former spouses, parents and children, current or former sexual or intimate partners, or other persons related by blood or marriage. If your relationship with this person does not fall into one of those categories,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can you change a mail in plea from not guilty to guilty without going to the court hearing?

I got a ticket for parking on someone's property and when I received the ticket I meant to plead guilty and pay the fine but accidently selected not guilty and sent the check in. I wasn't aware of the mistake until I received the letter in the mail with the court date and time. Is there a... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Dec 22, 2020

You may be able to contact the court and ask them to change the plea. Some courts will allow you to send an email or a fax to their office asking that your plea be changed to guilty - they're going to want something from you in writing indicating that you wish to plead guilty.

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Pennsylvania on
Q: When can you remove the paper from your back window the registration from the dealership
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Dec 14, 2020

You can remove the temporary registration from the car window when you receive your registration in the mail from PennDOT or when you print the permanent registration from PennDOT's website. The temporary registration you get from the dealership is typically valid for 90 days.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: my fiancé is being charged with harassment and simple assult how do I get those charges dropped?
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Dec 14, 2020

I'm assuming that you want the charges dropped because you are the victim in the case? If that's true, you will need to attend the preliminary hearing and provide your input to the prosecuting attorney. Your fiancé should bring counsel to the hearing. Depending on his criminal history,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: I pressed charges on someone and now i have to go to court and testify but i no longer want to what should i do?
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Dec 3, 2020

If you have been subpoenaed to appear in court, you need to appear or you could be found in contempt. You should contact whoever is prosecuting the case, or whoever subpoenaed you as a witness and express your concerns. Your input as the victim should be taken into account. I hope that helps!

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Pennsylvania on
Q: My son’s father hasn’t seen him in six years we live in Pa do I need his approval for husband to adopt him my son is 16
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 29, 2020

In order for your husband to adopt your son, the biological father's rights must first be terminated, voluntarily or involuntarily. Obviously, if he is willing to relinquish his rights voluntarily, the process can go smoothly. If he won't do so voluntarily, more litigation would be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I slept through my PFA hearing and I am the plaintiff. What do I do now?
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 25, 2020

So more information would be needed to answer this question effectively. Was your PFA dismissed? If so, was it dismissed with prejudice? If it was dismissed WITHOUT prejudice you can re-file it. It would be beneficial to do so through counsel however - either with a private attorney or through... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was in a coma for three days the doctor found meth in my system somehow Child Protective Services found out

I didn't give my permission for them to look at my medical records and they didn't get a court order either but somehow they found out. Is there anything I can do about them violated my HIPAA rights

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 25, 2020

It's likely that the information made it to CYS via reporting by one of the medical providers that treated you. Medical professionals are required by statute to report whenever there is a reasonable concern that a person responsible for the care of a child is under the influence of a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: My son received a speeding ticket while driving my husbands car. If we go to court to fight the ticket. What happens?

The officer wrote the ticket out to my husband. Would the case be dismissed or would the ticket be transferred to my son.

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 25, 2020

I've had experience in the past with this same situation. The citation should be dismissed by the court or withdrawn by the officer. Technically, the officer can re-file the citation against your son once he learns of the mistake, but I have not seen that happen. You should consider talking to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for Pennsylvania on
Q: Good evening I’m inquiring about a vehicle I have in my name. Recently found out the truck is on the road being driven

The tags are suspended and the vehicle or has no valid insurance. The person that has it will not allow me too take my vehicle back. How can I get my truck back without having too worry about an altercation?

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 25, 2020

Frankly, if this person is driving your vehicle without permission, it's an unauthorized use and that's a crime. Beyond that, if this person were involved in an accident, you could could be liable for the damages and/or injuries this person caused in the accident. Additionally, if YOU are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it your fault falling on ice while talking on a cell phone
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 19, 2020

If you fell and hurt yourself, I am sorry to hear that! There really isn't a hard and fast rule I can point to for an an answer to your question. Every slip and fall case will turn on the particular facts of the case. A lot of slip and fall cases will have some measure of comparative... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Pennsylvania on
Q: My daughters father is not listed on her birth certificate. I was just recently married and my husband wants to adopt.

My daughters father is minimally involved.

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 17, 2020

Congratulations! Your husband cannot adopt unless the biological fathers rights are terminated either voluntarily or involuntarily. His name Does not have to be on the birth certificate. I hope that helps!

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: After receiving an injury settlement my lawyer said he forgot to pay my doctor and is hounding me. Is this normal?

My lawyer said they overlooked the bill which they had for over a year. Also, it was a doctor he sent me to, so in a sense it was his doctor.

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 17, 2020

It's difficult to give you an accurate answer without some more information. For instance, did you and your attorney sign a letter of protection for this particular provider? If so, I'm not surprised your attorney is seeking repayment to the doctor from your settlement. If there was not a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have a question about personal injury and process for demanding a settlement from a landlord/the landlord's insurer.

My daughter was injured in her apartment when a glass and metal shower door that was incorrectly or incompletely attached fell on her and gave her a concussion. She had put in a repair request which had not been addressed. She incurred about $1000 in medical bills, some lost wages, and the injury... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 15, 2020

I'm sorry to hear about your daughter's injury. To answer your main question, if you have not had contact with the landlord's insurance carrier, it sounds like the landlord is trying to resolve the case without getting the insurance carrier involved. You can probably address your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: I’m 17 can i get a lawyer without parents permission on a traffic citation case?

I was charged with person ineligible for liscensing and a maximum speed limit charge. It happened at 11 but the incident says it occurred at 2am. If i plead guilty and don’t beat it will i lose my juniors lisence and what are the chances i beat both charges?

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 14, 2020

The answer is that technically, you probably cannot retain a lawyer on your own for a couple reasons. I assume you are trying to keep this whole situation from your parents, but in order to enter into any contract in Pennsylvania, you must be 18 years of old. That includes any sort of fee agreement... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: PA driver broke his mirror on my parked car No cars around. I got tag # Police said nothing happened here. Chargeable?

Driver hit my mirror with his. Shattered his but only folded mine back and kept driving. I happen to be sitting in the vehicle and there was no other vehicles around so I drove to follow him and he tried to elude me while I had 911 on the phone. I got his tag number and the state police showed up.... Read more »

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 13, 2020

Based on what you've described, he could probably be charged at least with a traffic offense for something like careless driving as you suggested, but if he didn't cause any damage, the police may not be too motivated to pursue charges. I would consider making sure there was in fact no... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do I have to provide opposing counsel with documents that have nothing to do with the pending case.

My case is for equal pay and retaliation and now after providing excessive amounts of documents, opposing counsel is requesting access to all of my medical records. There is nothing medical related to the case therefore do I have to see sign the HIPPA release?

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 11, 2020

Typically, you do not need to provide medical records if your medical condition is not part of your claim. Realistically, an attorney would need to know more about your case to determine if there is any reason to obtain your medical records. If you do not provide a signed HIPAA authorization, they... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: speeding ticket from officer, following him at 80mph. actual speed on ticket 70 mph, can I get it dismissed?

He said that he clocked me while I was behind him as he was accelerating to higher speeds.

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 11, 2020

You always have the right to plead not guilty and request a hearing. Ultimately, it will be up to the judge to determine whether the officer's testimony with respect to the way he captured your speed is credible. However, it sounds like he may have cut you a break already? I'm not... Read more »

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