Ridley Park, PA asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania

Q: My son was in a bad place and shopped lifted to support his kids, was it right no?

But he got caught pleaded guilty I was given a court date but then covid-19 happened. In the meantime they must have ran his picture through other videos and found him three more times in another Walmart. Warrants were served to my mother's house which she never received what's somebody signed for them. We did not find this information out until two days ago and they were served back in March. the only reason why we figured it out is because my son had lost his court date papers and I was looking online and found all the other charges on him. I made him call the courts the following morning and that's when he found out about the warrants. He has to turn himself in tomorrow at 10 a.m. but does not have a lawyer and they are both unemployed right now did to Covid 19. He is Irwin PA area and I'm in Philadelphia. It says M1 on his paperwork. I can't get up to Pittsburgh to go to court with him. I don't know what to do and neither does. Is he going to jail tomorrow?

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Ryan L Hyde
Ryan L Hyde
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Exton , PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Regrettfully, there is no way to answer your question of whether or not he is going to jail. The reason most people recommend talking to a lawyer is because there are several factors that go into setting bail. The severity and number of charges is one. Prior history is another. Family support is a third. Risk to the community for other reasons, and frankly, who the judge is are all relevant. He should contact the public defender's office. While they are overworked and underpaid the vast majority of them are very capable attorneys who can and will be willing to help. The key is to turn himself in before he is caught. And have an explanation as to why service was signed and he wasnt returned. Retail Theft has very low offense gravity numbers, but if you string enough of them together it gets more serious. Importantly, if he has a prior history he is going to need help.

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