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Q: I should have bench warrant,afraid to turn myself in, threats from PD. Was pulled over and told PD had to come for me

Local PD department has made threats on my life afraid to turn myself in because of this. Now I find out I don't have a bench warrant for missing Court what type of warrant is this that I must be turned over to the local PD only

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Q: My bf is on parole in pa. He was arrested in aug and has been in prison since. He had new charges, that he wants to take

To trial, but has yet to be served a warrant or papers for and was told his due process and right to a speedy trial doesn’t matter. I’ve called the public defenders and they say it all lies in the hands of the da for the speedy trial. How do I file a complaint about all of this and the fact... Read more »

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Q: Can I go back on my open plea

Do I have to take the deal even if I sign a open plea

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Q: If a trash can its out on the curb for pick up can you take the trash or whatever is in it in pa. ?

I got charged with movable theft?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 13, 2022

if an object is next to it the assumption is that it is there for anyone to take. However if trash is in a bag, the presumption is that the homeowner left it there with an expectation of privacy. That doesn't mean it's illegal.

In Pennsylvania the issue is whether you had intent...
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Q: How can I file a pcra?

My son's court-appointed attorney was supposed to file it after his trial, he has emailed, called & sent letters, & so have I, no response, she has not spoken to him in 2 years, what can I do

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Q: Can I get my felony expunged?

Endangering welfare of child.

Circumstances were very unfair.

Wondering if lawyer is best way to go.

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Q: Can you be arrested for marijuana DUI while not intoxicated?

My fiancé was arrested for his friend leaving a marijuana roach in his car. He has his medical marijuana license and wasn't aware his friend did that. The cops pulled him over for having a tail light out. The cop noticed the roach right away and told him he was impaired. Had him do a sobriety... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 13, 2022

The wait is for the blood work. He should request his license. There is no automatic suspension in Pennsylvania. They would have to show that the THC in his blood was sufficient for him to be intoxicated. If they press the charges he should have an attorney. By the way he shouldn't drive with... Read more »

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Q: What does hold mean when u are in jail
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Q: what is my best move moving forward to not get arrested? and if i do what are all my charges i was already told 4 years

in april i met this girl i was 19 and she was 15 but i lied and said i was 17. She ran away from home and asked to stay with me and i said yea in about a week the family found out where she was the cops came and got her and then they also found out that i was 19.but i was never arrested. a week... Read more »

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Q: Can criminal charges be dismissed if the arrest resulted from an inappropriate traffic stop?

An arrest in Pennsylvania for DUI and misdemeanor drug possession resulted from a traffic stop for failure stop at a stop sign. Failure to stop was the only reason for the traffic stop. The stop sign in question was entirely concealed within massively overgrown shrubbery so that not even a speck of... Read more »

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Q: Aggravated Assault with SBI - How many years incarcerated in PA if found guilty with a gravity score of 1?
Mark Aaron Hinrichs
Mark Aaron Hinrichs answered on Dec 29, 2021

There isn't enough information to even make a educated guess. Many different circumstances and factors will be considered (or should be) by the Court when fashioning a reasonable sentence. The Court will consider that this is not a guilty plea (as your question points out "found... Read more »

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Q: 3 grams missing from the drug case, is this allowed?

Bodycam footage of field test is unavailable, evidence photos were not in discovery, and the methamphetamine that was supposedly 26 grams when obtained from my fiance person, came back from the lab six months later weighing three grams less. Is any of this an issue? We are about to go to trial.

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Q: I live in Pennsylvania and my 16 year old son took a bb gun with him to school. Can he get charged.

Someone told the teachers that my son had a bb gun in his locker. Cops were called. Can my son be charged for having a bb gun on school property

Mark Aaron Hinrichs
Mark Aaron Hinrichs answered on Nov 21, 2021

Yes, a number of things can happen, including being charged with several crimes. i suggest you and your retain counsel immediately and do not speak with the police without an attorney.

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Q: I was pulled over in PA with marijuana and paraphernalia. What charges am I facing?

I was pulled over for registration being expired, the cop said he smelled weed and then searched my car after telling me if I don’t consent he would make me wait for a drug unit dog to come in. He found 8grams of weed, .5 grams of wax and some paraphernalia. ( I have me medical card for... Read more »

Mark Aaron Hinrichs
Mark Aaron Hinrichs answered on Nov 21, 2021

Likely possession of both marijuana and paraphernalia. Depending on other circumstances, you could be facing additional charges. I suggest retaining an attorney to assist you and ensure any potential pentolites are kept at a minimum.

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Q: I need a pro Bono criminal defense lawyer or someone who takes payments?

I need a pro Bono lawyer asap please help me

Mark Aaron Hinrichs
Mark Aaron Hinrichs answered on Nov 21, 2021

You should apply for a public defender in your county or contact the bar association for an attorney that will accept reduced rates. Additionally, you will find that attorneys will sometimes accept payment plans depending on circumstances.

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Q: If probation arrests you for a violation are they still required to read you your Miranda rights?
Steven Pacillio
Steven Pacillio answered on Nov 17, 2021

Contrary to popular belief, furthered by depictions in TV and movies, the police are not required to advise a person of his/her Miranda rights merely because they are being placed under arrest. In many cases, the arrested person is never advised of their Miranda rights and this is completely legal.... Read more »

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Q: What do I do if my husband is being blamed for a crime he didn't commit?
Steven Pacillio
Steven Pacillio answered on Nov 17, 2021

If your husband has been charged with committing crimes he needs to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in the jurisdiction where the charges were filed. An experienced defense attorney can help evaluate the case and gather the necessary evidence to proceed to trial if your husband is... Read more »

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Q: Where can I find a good pro Bono lawyer?

My fiance is incarcerated for charges he didn't commit the other person did and he is being convicted on all charges I need help

Jason R Carpenter
Jason R Carpenter answered on Oct 25, 2021

Most local county bar associations have referral services that can help you with finding pro bono or low-cost legal services.

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