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0 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: What can I do to prevent my husband from moving out with our 11yr old daughter?

Im a victim of domestic abuse from my spouse. The incident happened a few yrs back. He was ordered to anger management. We reconciled and now separated again. This past Friday,he was pulled over due to a cracked windshield and the cop smelled marijuana in the car. They let him go because he had our... Read more »

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Q: My boyfriend and I got into an altercation and my autistic son called the police. They arrested my fiance and I have no

I told them I did not want him arrested and my autistic son overreacted because we were yelling. There isn't a mark on either of us but they said I had a red mark on my neck, which i did not! So they took him to jail. They didn't take pictures or statement.

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Q: I went to my pfa court date an the court date ea some day prior inwas there an re filed an now it's not in affect

What xan I do he ruined my home left me with backed up bills an was using drugs an 2 out 4 kids with him still an I am just lost

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence, Criminal Law and Immigration Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was recently incarcerated, I’m an immigrant the charge was domestic but I didn’t do it.

They charged me with strangulation and assault but I didn’t do it, because i have an accent they say the body cam says I admitted to it( not true). They also said I had former charges that they pinned on me but the charges date back to the 90s when I was still a child in Jamaica. My public... Read more »

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Aug 2, 2021

You should immediately contact an immigration lawyer from the JUSTIA directory or the American Immigration Lawyers Association directory. Pleading guilty to criminal offenses can have extremely serious results like deportation if you are not a US citizen. Even if you are a citizen a guilty plea can... Read more »

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Q: Can someone legally force you to stay in a relationship

My friend is being forced to stay in a relationship even though she has tried to break up with him multiple times

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 2, 2021

Not at all. A person doesn't have to stay in a marriage either. She should get some counseling on how to handle this.

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Q: I want to sue the county because I am a victim of domestic violence that got strangled,hit in the with a rock assaulted

bye my ex boyfriend which I had arrested i have memorie loss from all the abuse I went to court to testify and it was like the da didn't want to listen to me it was like they were trying to say me and my sister got into a fight which never happened the night I was strangled and assaulted from... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 25, 2021

I don't see a case there as the DA is given great lattitude in what to do. However if you want there is a group called the Womens Law Project that may be able to better direct you. Certainly you can ask for a PFA.

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Q: Is it possible to have my record clean after a 97 misdemeanor conviction for domestic disturbance?

It happened in Florida. I now live in Pennsylvania.

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Apr 16, 2021

If your conviction occurred in Florida, you will need to contact an attorney in Florida to see whether you can have the case expunged. Any court filings will be done in Florida and it will depend on Florida law whether you can have the case expunged/sealed.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: How do I report a violation of a no contact order that was a third party contact in PA

He contacted my mom to talk about my son. Who is not his son.

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Feb 18, 2021

I'm guessing that you are referring to a PFA? Or is this a pre-trial bail condition? If it truly is a violation, you can contact your local police department or the district attorney's office to report the violation. They will investigate and determine whether the contact was a violation... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can my ex use the fact my boyfriend and I had PFAs on eachother to not allow child around him?

We lived together for 4 years and her father hated that my bf was there when he wasn’t around. A few days before Christmas we got in a heated argument over money and expanding our family. Since my daughters father fails at paying support on time financially it was straining us to begin our lives.... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jan 19, 2021

You really need to consult with an attorney and probably a therapist as well. It is difficult to understand why you would still be with someone who said those things to you. Whether the judge will determine that the boyfriend shouldn't be around your daughter, I can't know but I would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: My name is Krista, I’m a victim in a criminal case and I pressed charges on my boyfriend but I want to drop them

He’s a convicted felon and was Charged with it kidnapping burglary theft reckless endangerment aggravated assault simple assault and possession of a firearm

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Dec 18, 2020

Once charges are filed by the Commonwealth you no longer have the ability to drop them. You become an important witness in the case but the case is the District Attorney's. Those charges sound very serious and very few DAs would simply walk away from that case. Remember their job is to... Read more »

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Q: I pressed charges on someone and now i have to go to court and testify but i no longer want to what should i do?
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Dec 3, 2020

If you have been subpoenaed to appear in court, you need to appear or you could be found in contempt. You should contact whoever is prosecuting the case, or whoever subpoenaed you as a witness and express your concerns. Your input as the victim should be taken into account. I hope that helps!

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can a defendant be held in contempt if the plaintiff and defendant exchange their child during arranged custody times?

The PFA allows contact when it pertains to the child.

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Nov 15, 2020

It depends (I know, not the answer anyone wants). For just a cuatody exchange the answer is no. However, in my experience if something gets said that isnt custody related the answer is yes. Which is why so many family attorneys recommend custody exchanges at police stations in these types of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: My ex and I have no trespassing and no contact orders against each other. Can we still do theatre at the same place?

Our order is Title 18 Pa. C.S.A. 2709. We both are actors at the same theatre. Can we still both attend and act at this theatre?

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Sep 1, 2020

I am not sure how. No contact, as a condition of bail or otherwise means that if either of you did the other could report you. If its a condition of bail it could lead to bail being revoked. If its an order of court one or both could be held in contempt.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How is my 13 year old expected to pay a citation ?

My 13 year old son was issued a citation for harrassment after hitting his mother in the arm with an outside trashcan, as self defense, after she repeatedly smacked him in the face up to 6-7 times, how is he expected to come up with $300, and can I fight it

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 5, 2020

First question, with cash, preferably obtained from his mother. Second question, no, but HE can fight it, and if you are a parent with custody , you have to be there to do so.

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Q: If I put a pfa on my child’s father , who’s now incarcerated could I get in trouble for reaching out to him ?

It was a no contact order and I’m in the process of trying to have it withdrawn

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on May 25, 2020

No, not unless the PFA restricts you from contacting him. Ordinarily, the order only restricts the defendant from contacting the plaintiff, you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce, Family Law and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: Does my wife have grounds to file a pfa on me?

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Melinda Previtera
Melinda Previtera answered on Apr 3, 2020

There are probably more details about your situation which were not included with your question. You may want to revise your question or reach out to an attorney to get specific information about your case if your wife has filed a PFA.

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Q: A warrant for Domestic Violence in Berks County

Why would the U.S. Marshalls Task Force in Reading , Pa. Come to my house with a warrant on a domestic Violence warrant for my daughter's boyfriend JohnAlvarez

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 30, 2020

First, ask Justia to take down the post with the persons name. Likely because that individual was wanted on a federal matter. Or it could have been related to an out of state matter. That's his problem, not yours.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hello I got into a situation with my boyfriend we had a petty argument when led to a petty petty fight so now I had to

Me and my boyfriend got into a petty fight over a game and was upset he los the game and now we had a argument things got heated and loud so i threw his other games on the floor and he got upset pushed /shoved me and then I push bed him back and he threw one of the cases at my face which left knot... Read more »

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Mar 23, 2020

I am not sure what advice you need. He needs a lawyer. You are not responsible, the officer charged based on the evidence he has. You cant stop thos even if you want to. Be forthright about how you want the case handled. The Distrixt Attorney doesnt have to listen to you but a lot of times... Read more »

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Q: My boyfriend broke PFA orders on 3/14 & 3/15. We placed PFA on each 3/12. The police refuse to arrest. Please help

He beat me on 3/6& 3/8 I did not report it. 3/10 he tried to have me committed by 302 order signed by the judge. The police forcefully took me to the hospital I then decided I to have charges brought against him, the police officer said “one thing at a time if and when you get out come see... Read more »

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Mar 17, 2020

Unfortunately, this is a mess, as you well know. The challenge is you are reacting to his moves so your credibility is at issue. The officer does not have to charge if there are significant cresibility issues. What I would suggest is you contact your counties womens support organization.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: We have a Chile together and have had all contact between parents which has made things very difficul could I argue that
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Feb 22, 2020

Respectfully, what? You may need to re-attempt your querry.

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