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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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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
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It was a no contact order and I’m in the process of trying to have it withdrawn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.

--Melinda Previtera | Petrelli Previtera, LLC |...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: My ex who used to beat me and harassed and stalked me when I left him I have contacted him since just making sure the pf

A couldn’t get thrown out or I wasn’t violating anything can he still get in trouble or arrested for communicating with me even if I made first contact he is now threatening and harassing me

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Feb 22, 2020

Depends on the status of the PFA. If its still a temp he can argue you arent really afraid of hom since you keep contacting him. Additionally, if he is contacting you in response to you contact it makes it harder fornyou to argue he is in contempt. If you get a PFA against someone you cant get... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: If I have a pfa against someone but I have contacted them what will happen
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Feb 22, 2020

To who? You have a PFA against them thus you are not the subject of the order. You contacting them is not against the law. The other person is the subject of the order. If they are smart they wont accept your communication and document the harassment with the police.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Immigration Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can pending i-601 filed by abused spouse impact vawa applicant

I’ve been married to my abused spouse for 2 years during those 2 years I’ve been seeing doctor psychiatrist and I have been under medication since then my abused spouse withdraw I 130 the i601 still pending can I file for vawa

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Dec 15, 2019

Who is abused? You or your spouse? A spouse who is abused has the right to withdraw a petition. If you can prove that ‘you were abused,’ then you may want to discuss whether it is your best interest to file a VAWA self petition with a competent and experienced immigration attorney. Good luck.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment for Pennsylvania on
Q: I'm hiring a lawyer to try and get this person a deal in court. How does that go about.
Steven Pacillio
Steven Pacillio answered on Oct 4, 2019

Many experienced criminal defense attorneys offer an initial consultation at no cost. You should contact an experienced defense attorney who practices in the jurisdiction where the charges are pending. The attorney can discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the case and help the client make an... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: My boyfriend at the time now my ex got arrested for domestic violence... I have some questions.

When the officer got here it was 4 in the morning. I said I was being pinned down because we were arguing and I couldn’t get up and then I bit his arm to get off of me. He said he was going to serve him with harassment papers and my mind was all over the place. I thought he was going to have him... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Sep 27, 2019

When you go to PFA court? Yes. Criminal court, you'll have to discuss with the District Attorney's Office beforehand

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hello. My baby sister is going to be 13yrs old in a few months. She is desperate to move out of my parents house.

She wants to live with me badly because of the abuse that goes on at home. Which I know of because I had to endure abuse myself when living with them. I am 33yrs old. My parents are narrcistic. They won't even allow her to visit me or we can't talk on the phone or anything. Because they... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Sep 17, 2019

If the abuse is *physical* abuse, you should contact the Children & Youth agency for the county in which your sister lives. Even if it's only mental/emotional abuse, I'd contact that agency and let someone know what's going on. Hopefully they'll open up an investigation... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Communications Law and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: Say some one repeatedly says they’re going to have sexual relations with loved ones is that harassment?

Keeps saying they wanna do things like this

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 11, 2019

It's also a threat under some circumstances.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: What is the minimum outcome for simple assault charges in pa? Not against a child and not in a mutual setting.
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Aug 26, 2019

The minimum outcome would be acquittal, or perhaps having your charges dismissed. There are a lot of options with your charge that depend on the severity of the facts and the prior record. In some counties probation would be likely if it was a first offense and the injuries werent serious. They... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: What rights does my child's biological father have if he isn't listed on birth certificate?

He has threatened me. Has a criminal record,participates in illegal activities. I do not want him around my daughter at all. Does he have a chance in court

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 22, 2019

He has the rights of parenthood if he can prove that which I assume he can. However they are limited, and if he has threatened you getting a pfa would be a first step, and you will need to speak with family relations and ideally a family law attorney about other options.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: If I'm afraid my husband might hurt me, should I put it in writing to my family members/friends?
Penelope A. Boyd
Penelope A. Boyd answered on Aug 8, 2019

If you are afraid your husband may hurt you, you should contact your local domestic violence program immediately. Find out your options and make a plan for your own safety. You may be eligible for a Protection from Abuse order or be able to take other action to protect yourself.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: Who can help me with my case? I think I need to counsel of my own.

My son was physically abused by my stepfather. He waived his preliminary hearing and I am trying to get a PFA. The lawyer that they gave me to assist does not seem to be much help. My stepfather's lawyer stated that they will work with us on the PFA if I do not crucify he at the criminal... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jul 16, 2019

Contact MidPenn Legal Services at (717) 848-3605 - that's your local York Co. legal aid organization.

You can also connect with a local attorney through the York Co. Bar Association. See further details at https://www.yorkbar.com/page/YCBAAC.

Best of luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am being charged w/ unlawful use of a motor vehicle by my ex-husband. What would be the amount of the fine if guilty ?

I was given permission to use his vehicle & he then changed his mind only because he did not believe I was going where I told him. I was then sent messages threatening to turn me in for stealing his car. I had the car for 50 hrs to go away with family for a weekend. I was even allowed to use... Read more »

Steven Pacillio
Steven Pacillio answered on Jul 16, 2019

"Unauthorized use of automobiles and other vehicles" is found at 75 Pa.C.S. § 3928.

It is a misdemeanor of the second degree in PA which means you face a statutory maximum of 2 years of incarceration and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

Anytime you are facing criminal charges...
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