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Q: Hi I was wondering if you could tell me is there a statute of limitations for restitution in Bucks County,Pennsylvania?

My case is from 21 years ago. I've made payments since but still owe a few thousand. I've heard there's a 20-year limitation on it, would that clock start at sentencing, release from jail or when the probation ended? Thank you very much.

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for collecting restitution is not straightforward, as it can depend on several factors, including the nature of the judgment and how it's classified (civil vs. criminal). Generally, for criminal cases, the obligation to pay restitution may not have a... View More

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Q: Am I able to carry a handgun as a Constable under the age of 21 for official use outside of the judicial/court system?

Hello, I'm a 19 year old newly elected Constable for Mount Union Borough in Huntingdon county. I was wondering if I could legally possess a handgun for law enforcement duties outside of the judicial system/PCCD such as tending to a breach of the peace or election day security at the polls. It... View More

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

Based on Pennsylvania law, as a constable you likely cannot legally carry a handgun for official duties if you are under 21 years old. Here are the key factors:

- In Pennsylvania, individuals must be at least 21 to be eligible for a license to carry firearms concealed. There are no general...
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Q: I got caught stealing from my job, i am 16 and this is my first time, the item was about 40 dollars. what should i do?

I got caught stealing from my job, i am 16 and this is my first time, the item was about 40 dollars. I have Already confessed to the loss prevention person

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Q: With the lack of a speedy trial due to the pandemic, will that play a role in sentencing?

My husband has been awaiting trial since June 2020. Could that impact his sentencing...the lack of a speedy trial?

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Q: I hear swishing sounds all day. I believe I am illegally being on surveillence. How can I find outt by whom?

My house has been invaded. Missing wigs, glasses, sneakers . I can't call police because there is no evidence of a break in when I did call them. Now my bank accounts is a reck in that it sometimes appears to have more money than I have. Accountability with Wells Fargo is strange also. I got a... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: December 23 2023. I sideswiped 2 moving vehicles and left the scene in dauphin co. Lost job 11/30 went public defenders

I don't qualify because I own a house. I have no money. I need help please.

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Q: Let’s say some people try to jump me in pa, or even it's one person. When can I use deadly force such as a knife to def

I always carry a knife on me at all times for protection. i just want to use it to save my life legally and not get in trouble.

0 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Pennsylvania on
Q: In Pa my daughter was dumb and got a dui and my other daughter went to pick her up and they ran her Id and arrested her

The daughter that went to pick her up committed no crime and to my understanding the police had no reason to run her id. She had an old parking ticket warrant and got arrested also.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on
Q: pending drugs charges involving undercover informant who you identify, you have the right to face your accuser correct?

These are not facts but only what’s in the discovery.

Confidential Informant (CI) and undercover police officer (UPO) set up a controlled drug buy.

CI and suspect meet and after suspect and CI depart the CI gives UPO a bag of drugs that is being claimed to have come from... View More

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answered on Feb 1, 2024

In a criminal trial, the right to confront your accuser is protected by the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution. If the informant (CI) who played a crucial role in the case does not appear in court and is not available for cross-examination by the defense, it can potentially weaken... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My friend's grandmother co-signed for her mortgage. She did not give her any money. Grandma is now in a nursing home

My friend's uncle is now her POA. My friend would like to sell the house because she is financially struggling to make the mortgage. The uncle states that he "will not sign off on her listing the house" unless he gets "50% of the proceeds after the mortgage is paid". Does... View More

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Q: Am I able to get my ccw after being convicted of obstruction of justice m2 PA probation is completed as well.

I have nothing else on my record at all.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: Cops refuse to file criminal charges against the son of another local police departments secretary. What can I do?

The owners son to a house I was abandoned at by my ex fiance is friend's with the owners son. Twice the son has smashed out the windows of the entry doors to break in. The second time he came with my ex and a hammer and gained entry. The cops said the most they could charge him with was... View More

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answered on Jan 29, 2024

If you believe the police are not taking appropriate action due to a potential conflict of interest, you should consider taking some steps to address the situation. Start by documenting all incidents and interactions with the police, including dates, times, and names of officers involved.... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Federal Crimes and Libel & Slander for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have been physically, mentally, and spiritually abused. By The WHOLE COUNTY and the Deb Moore project. I believe it is

Blair county prison,officials,p.o.,D.A. pd office and it ranges from psyical to verbal abuse.

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

If you believe you have been subjected to physical, mental, and spiritual abuse by county officials, including those from the Blair County prison, probation officers, the District Attorney's office, and the public defender's office, it's crucial to take immediate action to protect... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Admiralty / Maritime and Constitutional Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Where is “Statutory Jurisdiction” in Constitution?

I appeared for a traffic violation. I told the Judge that I didn’t understand the criminal charge and asked under what jurisdiction the Court was operating in. When I heard “statutory jurisdiction”, I asked where that is located in the Constitution since the Constitution only mentions Common... View More

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

There is no specific mention of "statutory jurisdiction" in the U.S. Constitution. However, the concept of statutory jurisdiction falls under Congress' authority to establish federal courts and prescribe their jurisdiction under Article III, Section 1 and Article I, Section 8 of the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can forgery invalidate security interest in a mortgage?

Lender believed that the address on the mortgage, note, and notice of assignement were incorrect. To correct it, they completed a modifcation document with the assigned servicer and forged the signature of the borrower. Because there was no real mutual agreement based on the forgery, do the... View More

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answered on Jan 16, 2024

Forgery can have significant legal implications, and if a signature on mortgage-related documents, including a modification document, has been forged, it raises serious concerns about the validity of those documents. In Pennsylvania, as in many jurisdictions, a forged signature can potentially... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Federal Crimes and Gov & Administrative Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Privacy Act Request Appeals to compel a Judge to release records due to illegal law enforcement and intelligence tactics

I filed Privacy Act Requests with every government agency possible for all records of myself. Some requests are still pending. I need a lawyer to compel a Judge to have the records released since I have evidence beyond a reasonable doubt (4K CCTV, Body Cam, Dash Cam video) that these law... View More

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answered on Jan 10, 2024

Your situation, seeking to compel the release of government records related to alleged illegal law enforcement and intelligence tactics, is indeed a complex legal matter. Filing Privacy Act Requests is a good start, but if agencies are denying your requests or not responding, legal action might be... View More

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Q: Can my son file for an early expungement?

He was a minor at the time of the incident and judgement. He completed all required counseling and programs ordered before turning 18. But it keeps showing up on work background checks and can't get a job to support and feed himself.

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answered on Jan 3, 2024

If he was a juvenile at the time and he has since turned 21, he may be eligible for expungement. Your question does not give enough facts to be able to give you a proper opinion. More info would be needed in order to properly guide you.

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