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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Products Liability and Animal / Dog Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: What to do if your Pet Airline Delivery Service disconnected their phone line and is unresponsive to their emails?

They have THOUSANDS of my own personal savings that they have told me is completely 100% refundable. Not only that, but they have my baby puppy. I’ve been uninformed throughout this whole thing about anything and I just want my puppy and money. This whole thing is making me physically sick.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 23, 2021

Contact your local Animal Rescue League. Contact any national office. Contact your DA and the Consumer protection Division of the AG's Office in Harrisburg.

Send a demand letter to the group. If you call my office I will tell you what to do.

All the best.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was just stopped for my seventh driving without a license in Pennsylvania which is code 6503 my last defense was in

2012 says operated vehicle without valid driver's license is subsequent events within seven years section 6503 applies she driving like it my last offense happened in 2012

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Feb 22, 2021

If this is your 7th conviction for driving on a suspended license, there is mandatory jail time associated with this of 30 days to up to 6 months. If the license was suspended for a dui, the jail time is substantially longer. You should retain an experienced traffic defense attorney asap to assist... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I be imprisoned for a very small amount of Ganga found during a vehicle search after spending two days in jail?

Traffic stop with voluntary search,

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Feb 18, 2021

Unlikely. I am wondering why you had to do any time in jail at all. Usually, these cases are done by summons where the charges are mailed out. You should speak to a lawyer. Sometimes these cases can be negotiated to a non-criminal fine or perhaps a first time offender program. Many of us give free... Read more »

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 Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Need advice about 2 drug charges i got never been in trouble before
Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Jan 22, 2021

Call a local criminal defense attorney to discuss the case. Most of us will give you a free consultation over the phone. If you have no prior record you may be eligible for a program where the charges eventually get dropped and expunged. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hi, at pretrial my case was dismissed app.a month ago. I just found out its been refiled.is that double jeopardy.?
Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Jan 19, 2021

No, it’s only double Jeopardy once there is a trial in front of a judge or jury. The state is permitted to re-file charges and you should get an experienced lawyer to defend you if you have not already. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Wrongful Death, Criminal Law and Legal Malpractice for Pennsylvania on
Q: The cops parked in our bar parking lot, facing the door, and watched customers exit this business, get into their car.

The cops then pulled this person over for suspicion of DUI....is this some firm of entrapment?

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Jan 16, 2021

Entrapment is an officer inducing you to do something you wouldnt otherwise do. Which is not the caae here. However, simply leaving a bar parking lot is probably insufficient for a car stop.

With other factors present it can be considered by the officer in forming reasonable suspiscion...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Trying to resolve pending charges in pennsylvania

I have two pending charges in pennsylvania for harassment and disorderly conduct from 12/2017. The incident took place the day before I was set to move back to Oklahoma. I left the scene before cops arrived, therefore was not arrested, nor did I go to court or receive any mail. I have no previous... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Jan 16, 2021

There is very likely an arrest warrant issued for your arrest for failing to appear. You will need to address this because if you do not eventually you can be picked up by police on the warrant. If you get picked up out of state they can hold you in jail until you were extradited which could take... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: What can be used in defense of someone accused with providing false information to a police officer?

The person provided law enforcement with what they believe, or had reasonable grounds to, was the truth of the situation. The defendant has a prior charge only a few years old in which the same was accused and the defendant did not contest the charges at that time, although just like this... Read more »

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Jan 14, 2021

With all due respect... what? Not trying to be rude but there is literally no way of answering this question. You, very appropriately, try to keep the details sparse so you cant be identified but they are so sparse I can't fathom how you could hope to get a response.

From what I...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Will i be granted a PFA?

My best friend left her abusive fiance, and he mostly believes her leaving is my fault. He has already done things to try and cause turmoil in my life since she left him a few days ago and I'm terrified he's going to take it further.

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Jan 8, 2021

A PFA can be filed by those who are family or household members as well as spouse and former spouses, parents and children, current or former sexual or intimate partners, or other persons related by blood or marriage. If your relationship with this person does not fall into one of those categories,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can a cop detain me in cuff in my own house when I was not violent or yelling; I was eating. They also injured me.

The one cop was very aggressive and used unnecessary force and illegal detainment. now they want to charge me with BS to coverup their mistake due to them on ego trip.

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Jan 7, 2021

The problem with your question is that it lacks the context needed to answer. Why they were in your home matters. For instance, many police departments will cuff a person when they are executing a search warrant. Your simply stating "you are not violent" doesn't mean that you... Read more »

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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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: my fiancé is being charged with harassment and simple assult how do I get those charges dropped?
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Dec 14, 2020

I'm assuming that you want the charges dropped because you are the victim in the case? If that's true, you will need to attend the preliminary hearing and provide your input to the prosecuting attorney. Your fiancé should bring counsel to the hearing. Depending on his criminal history,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How can I stay out of jail on this chsrge

Accused of stealing a car from enterprise

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Dec 6, 2020

If you are accused of stealing a car then you’re likely looking at a felony of the third degree which is a maximum of 3 1/2 to 7 years in jail. Whether you go to jail depends upon many factors. First in for most, the judge will look at the facts of the case. Second, they will look to see whether... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Identity Theft for Pennsylvania on
Q: How long do you get for credit card fraud by using a strangers card

Was asked to get something for co-worker on break and I thought the card that I had used was the co-workers card and put it in my pocket and used it. Ended up that it wasn't my co-workers card after all. Since I was last used by card holder at my place of work they matched up the video... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Nov 24, 2020

It is a felony of the 3rd degree. Maximum is 3.5-7 years. Call a lawyer. The lawyer can call the police officer to see if charges are pending. If they are, a lawyer can make arrangements to turn you in rather than the police coming to arrest you. You need legal representation so start calling... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Banking, Identity Theft and White Collar Crime for Pennsylvania on
Q: What's the next step after police to you about being involved in credit card fraud investigation of $20.00

Accidental credit card fraud. I used someone else's credit card to make a purchase. I then tried to make another purchase with card and it didn't work. I tried to use the card again. The screen then said something about card being offline. I used a different card the for the purchase and... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Nov 24, 2020

Do NOT speak to the police without a warrant. More information is needed to give you advice. Did you know the person whose credit card it was? If not, you could be charged with felonies, including access device fraud, theft, identity theft. If you knew the person, if they say you did not nave... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Communications Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I legally record a motel clerk speaking to me at the front desk in Pennsylvania without getting permission?

Can I legally record a motel clerk speaking to me at the front desk in Pennsylvania without getting permission?

Gregory Scott Greenberg
Gregory Scott Greenberg answered on Nov 22, 2020

It depends on the laws in Pennsylvania and if this place is considered public. For example, in Florida there is a 2 party consent wire tap law. This means in FL, if you want to audio record an individual, you need their consent. Other states, like Georgia, have a 1 party consent law, which would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it legal to have sexual relations with a 15 year old girl if the guy is 18 and her parents give permission?
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Nov 13, 2020

No. Her parents consent is meaningleas as minors are no longer considered chatels. Many a young man has ruined his life based on what you are describing.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hello...i am being charged with a felony for stealing 2500 dollars over a period of a year from a house that i cleaned.

I am 45 years old with no record...will i go to prison?

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Nov 9, 2020

Hello, I don’t think any attorney will be able to tell you over and Internet question and answer whether or not you will go to jail. What I can tell you is that a felony is a very serious offense and whether you go to jail depends upon many factors including the facts of the case and whether or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: i received a summons for violation of section 2709 a 3 harrasement in pennsylvania. should i plead guilty?

i have 2 previous summarry harrasement convictions

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Nov 7, 2020

You should do absolutely nothing until you speak with a lawyer who will evaluate your case once he or she has all of the facts. Good luck!

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