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Q: Is signature forgery always a crime no matter the circumstances surrounding it?

If a signature on a document is forged where there will be no financial gain, is that less serious than forging, say, a check? If a signature is forged on a birthday card, for example, without the person’s knowledge or permission, would this be punishable in court? It is, I would say, a little... Read more »

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Charles E. Dutko Jr. answered on May 11, 2020

The short answer is "Yes," it is a crime. The key to Pennsylvania's forgery statute is that there must be an "intent to defraud or injure." Whether a crime is committed is not determined by the outcome, i.e. a financial gain by the actor, but by whether the actor's... Read more »

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Q: How to handle a citation?

My friend recently asked me to come over and help her because she had consumed a lot of alcohol and couldn't function properly, now I was the only 21 year old there and the cops are possibly putting a citation out due to the fact that I was there there was an alcohol Bottle and two adults who... Read more »

Charles E. Dutko Jr.
Charles E. Dutko Jr. answered on May 11, 2020

Furnishing alcohol to a minor is a Misdemeanor 3 in PA and carries a minimum fine of $1,000 for a first offense. However, the facts in your case seem outside the norm and it would be better if you spoke directly to an attorney in order to get a more accurate assessment of the case. Most criminal... Read more »

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Q: Is a victim and a person of domestic violence aloud contact even if there's no court order or PFA stating you can't?

I have criminal charges against me for domestic violence and wondered if my gf the victim are aloud contact. There is no court order or PFA stating we can't have contact.

Charles E. Dutko Jr.
Charles E. Dutko Jr. answered on May 13, 2020

Attorney Hyde provided you with a sound answer. You should use caution.

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