If the police issued a warrant for my cell and their probable cause for the search IS A LIE, can the whole thing (case) be thrown out? Do I have a right to know my phone records are being searched? Do I have a right to know WHAT was found during the search?
If you are charged with a crime, the prosecution will have to turn the warrant over in discovery. If you can prove that the warrant is defective or that it contains intentional lies, then the results of the search could be suppressed. You do not have to be provided with a copy of a warrant in...View More
A police officer can search a car when they have probable cause to do so under Commonwealth v. Gary. If they have probable cause to search the car, they can search the entire car and any containers therein. Probable cause means that a reasonable person would expect to find contraband as a result of...View More
If you have already been convicted, you have one year from the date of sentencing or when the appeals were finished if you appealed to file a PCRA based on after-discovered evidence. If you are outside of that one year deadline, you have sixty days to file a PCRA from when you learn about the new...View More
They were from when he was 13 years old and it was a time in his life when he was curious. anyways he is now going to be 21 in June and these charges are showing up on the CA background check. My son has not been in trouble since this incident, and is going to college and what I'm trying to... View More
My fiancé was charged with corruption of a minor four years ago and placed on probation. The girl was 15 (which he didn’t know) and he was 19. She lived in PA and him in MD. He was charged in PA. All they did was get food, go bowling, watch a movie at his house, and kiss some. He did have her... View More
Governor signed Senate Bill 166 and i read this also ...
"SB 166 amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) to allow individuals who have served their punishment and remained free of arrest or prosecution for seven to ten years, for nonviolent misdemeanors, to petition the court for their... View More
No, criminal appeals are all done through e-filing, and they consist mostly of writing briefs to make arguments based on the record. Sometimes there are oral arguments that could require travel, but many appeals do not involve oral argument. You can hire any attorney who is licensed in the...View More
It depends on your record and what the report related to. If you have no prior record, you may be eligible for a diversionary program like ARD. If you have a bad prior record and falsely accused someone of a serious crime, the consequences could be more severe.
There is no mandatory minimum sentence, but drug delivery resulting in death is a form of homicide punishable by up to 40 years in jail. It is basically the same as third degree murder. The sentencing guidelines call for years in jail even for a plea. However, she may have negotiated something. In...View More
I was denied from my background check from an arrest when I was a minor 15 years ago. I was arrested for marijuana and had to do community service , no time served or probabtion. Am I not allowed to buy a firearm with that charge ?
My boyfriend has been held for over 30 days now in county because he tested positive for weed at his P.O. visit. How long can they keep him there without telling him when he can expect to be released? He applied for a public defender but hasn’t heard anything yet.
He could be held for the maximum possible penalty for the charges for which he is on probation. For example, if he is on probation for an M2, he could be held for two years. With that said, in most counties, the judge will schedule a hearing on a technical violation within a month or two. In some...View More
That is a serious charge, particularly if he has felony convictions including murder. A felon in possession could face up to twenty years in jail on the 6105 charge and even more time on the other gun charges with which he is also probably charged.
I am residing in Butler County and receiving treatment as an SVP after serving 12 years 8 months and I am currently on state parole. I was sentenced by Jefferson County courts. Butler County public defender office says I can but I must go through my sentencing county. Jefferson county (my... View More
You should talk to the public defender about whether you really have to register as an SVP at this point. The SVP portion of the SORNA statute was found unconstitutional by the Superior Court. There may be a petition you can file to challenge the requirement, and the public defender may be pursuing...View More
On March 12 my husband showed at york county courthouse in york pa for a probation intake. Upon entering was told he had warrant was booked and told he was in holding cell until he could see a judge. Warrant was for failure to appear for probation violation from a 2014 1st dui conviction, got 2nd... View More
No, you cannot be sentenced without your lawyer present unless you don't have a lawyer and have decided to proceed pro se. This would be grounds for a new sentencing hearing on appeal or through a PCRA.
I'm a contractor trying to regst. in PA. Form asks if contact has ever been convicted of a crime of fraud. Not sure if that constitutes a "Yes". Conviction was for trying to purchase firearm and answering question wrong.
You probably need to speak with an attorney who specializes in these types of contracts and registration documents. The term fraud could have a specific meaning on the form, or they could be asking about fraud in a general sense. In a general sense, it could involve lying on government documents,...View More
It is a DUI case and he has the height listed as 7' 74" tall and showing that the driver was driving on a 16 year old expired drivers license. He did not file a charge for the license because it was not actually expired.
If an officer lies in police paperwork, that could be used to impeach the officer at a motion to suppress or trial. Depending on how big the lie/mistake/omission is, the error could have an impact on whether the judge or jury believes the officer. In most cases, officers do not face any kind of...View More
I instinctively called 9-1-1 and told them I was bleeding and needed help. My husband of course not happy about this, was obviously we must’ve been fighting to the point he hit me. I don’t remember anything leading up the hit nor do I remember being hit. The cops arrested him, I was taken to... View More
There is not much an attorney can do for you, but your husband needs a good one. The police and District Attorney have decided to move forward with the case. You can tell them the truth - you do not know what happened, you could have fallen, you do not want them to pursue charges, and you are not...View More
He is telling her that they are not little girls anymore and now they have “boobs”. He is also trying to prevent me from moving in with the mother and has said that he will do everything in his power to keep me from living in the same house. The daughter, the father speaks to, has also said to... View More
This does not really seem to involve criminal law, but these situations can be messy. Your girlfriend may need a family lawyer to get custody agreement or order in place. It's not really up to the ex who the children spend time with when your girlfriend has custody of them.
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