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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Pennsylvania on
Q: I believe there was false statements made about me back in 2010 after loosing my job,is there something i can do now

I believe im still being pursued because of this by the authoritys

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Jan 14, 2020

When you say you are being pursued, do you mean there is a warrant for your arrest? You can check this on the UJS portal. 8 years is a long time to leave a case open unless the allegations are very serious. You should have a confidential consultation with a defense attorney. They should be able... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I had important papers sent to my mom's and she threw it away and now there is a warrant out for my arrest since then.
NiaLena Caravasos
NiaLena Caravasos answered on Jan 12, 2020

You need to hire a criminal defense attorney and get this taken care of asap before you get picked up and detained.

(Please note that this answer does not constitute legal advice nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship.)

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do you need a lawyer to subpoena a witness to court
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Jan 9, 2020

Depends on the court. The short answer is no, you can do anything an attorney can. The problem really lies in who you are subpoenaing. If its someone who shouldnt be subpoenad the judge may not enforce it. Additionally, if its a victim of the crime it could be viewed as harassment.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was charged with theft by unlaw taking. Will I do jail time.
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Jan 7, 2020

As a practical matter there is no way to meaningfully answer this question. The problem is we have very limited facts regarding the case and/or your prior criminal history. Can you go to jail? Sure, any misdemeanor or felony in Pennsylvania anticipates jail time. Will you go to jail? Depends... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If a trial was postponed how long do they have to reschedule it?
Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jan 2, 2020

It's pretty much up to the court, but they'll certainly try to reschedule it before your speedy trial rights attach. Typically, the Commonwealth has 365 days to bring you to trial from the day you were charged -- but some days may not "count" for purposes of a speedy trial (like all the days you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: someone is impersonating me online and selling nudes(not mine), and putting me in a bad light, how would i press charges

i do not know a lot about them besides their account impersonating me and email. im also underage and dont know if that makes it even more illegal as theyre technically posing to be selling child porn?

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Dec 23, 2019

Call your local police department and have them investigate. You can also lodge a complaint eith the attorney generals office although this is a much more tinely process. You could file a private criminal complaint but unless you have more information that is unlikely to bear fruit. Your best... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it legal to burn the pride flag in public?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 18, 2019

It can be viewed as a breach of the peace. A lot depends on circumstances. There is no statute that says you can't do that, but other statutes may if you are said to be trying to harass or intimidate. If you are concerned, you can contact the Lambda Legal Aid fund

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Estate Planning, Family Law and Elder Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Am I responsible (if NOT a POA or guardian) to stay in a home 24/7 for a mother and father with undiagnosed dementia?

The office of aging claims that she can be legally responsible for them (mother and father). She DOES want to be helpful and a good daughter but does she need to be there 24/7? She has had to leave her job and is a ‘prisoner’ to their home. This is all until they are placed in a nursing home.

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Dec 15, 2019

Pennsylvania is unusual (compared to other states) in that it does impose on relatives the obligation to care for and maintain or financially assist indigent persons.

Here is the Pennsylvania statute:

§ 4603 Relatives' liability; procedure

(a) Liability.--

(1)...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My 6 year old (7 in two days) stayed in my locked, not running car while I went into a store. Cops were called.

I was driving my kids home from visitation with their dad. My 6 year old who will be 7 in two days fell asleep. I'm a diabetic and noticed my blood sugar was plummeting, so I stopped at a store to grab a soda to keep my sugar up until I got home. My 5 year old came in with me, but my 6 year old... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Dec 9, 2019

Your recourse is to wait until you're contact by your local children-and-youth department, and then cooperate with their investigation. You situation does not sound dire -- but next time bring both of your kids inside with you. They don't yet get to decide if they want to wait in the car, but... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Today while I was at work police came toy home and arrested my 13 y/o son, I went to the district and was told

To wait they wouldn't give me any information or tell me why he was arrested. What should I do what can I do

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Dec 3, 2019

Get an attorney and have the attorney knock on the same doors. Attorneys are especially skilled at finsing out information. Most of us have connections with the police.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Received 1991 texts between 7/1/19 thru 12/3/19 day and night can this be considered harassment

I share 50/50 custody with him and have told him not to contact me unless it is about our child he goes back in forth within mins of hating me and loving me

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Dec 3, 2019

Yep, I'd call that harassment. Contact your local police about it.

Best of luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I press charges here?

Photo sent without my permission to my college administrators. It was done by an angry ex friend. Now I am having a hearing and facing disciplinary action. I could be expelled, lose my scholarship, have a disciplinary note on my transcript. This is very harmful to me. Can I press charges?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 26, 2019

You may but that's not going to help--the train coming down the track at you has been set in motion--collaring the person who started it won't stop the train of the disciplinary process. Most colleges have a pro bono attorney who handles student issues. See if yours does. If not look for an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Employment Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I did something completely stupid I was caught on camera how do I avoid jail time
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Nov 19, 2019

Get a good lawyer. You dont give enough information for any other answer

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can the parents of a 31 yr mentally challenged person be held accountable for their child/ man actions (touching kids)

As in there private areas when they leaving him run the streets unsupervised

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Nov 12, 2019

I am assuming you have already called the police. Those are pretty serious allegations and ones that shoyld be investigated.

I am not sure what you mean by hold the parents accountable. If you are asking can you sue them? Impossible to answer in a one paragraph intenet question. Not...
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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is a Quid Pro Quo legal
Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Nov 5, 2019

This is not a legal question within the purview of this forum

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Probate for Pennsylvania on
Q: What would happen to a 23 year old on probation for gun charges dating a 18 year old

If the parents of the 18 year old are against the relationship is there anything they would be able to do

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

At 18 the person is no longer a minor. They could make life uncomfortable for the 18 year old and doubtless will. Is it worth it for either of you?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law and Collections for Pennsylvania on
Q: My car was stolen and found by the police. The officer got the car impounded w/o notifying me. Recovery options w/o fee?

I was not notified when my car was towed away. The cop who found my stolen car got it towed and did not notify me. It has been a month i had to find the tow company myself 36 days later they are charging me 1100 dollars in fees.

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

This is a major problem. Contact your legislator, AAA, others --the law has to be changed. The question is what the towing company is charging. I don't have a clear, clean answer for this. However, if the person was found and is charged with the crime you may have access via the crime victims... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law, Family Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on
Q: I signed the title for sale of vehicle and the receiver has neglected to Notorize himself as the new owner. Now what?

I'm aware he operates it. I do not have any access to the title the vehicle or my plate. The registration is expired.

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

You didn't say why he has the plate. Did you make a copy of everything? Contact PennDot and see what they say. You need to ask them to cancel the registration.

He doesn't have to notarize himself if you give him the car and sign it over and he accepts. However you need to cancel the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was charged with altered,forged,or documents and plate's did 9 months in bcp now I am being told my lisence is suspend

I took a plea deal and they never mentioned a lisence suspension ever!! Its not in any of my sentencing paperwork and I was never told of it being part of it

Or I never would have taken the plea

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Oct 22, 2019

Yes, there is an automatic suspension under the law for convictions for that offense. The only thing you can do is file a PCRA petition alleging your lawyer did not represent you properly.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on
Q: My grandson is in a prison. Somehow, he got stabbed and they will not allow us to see him. What should we do?

A guard is involved in causing the stabbing of my grandson. He is in Somer Set

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 21, 2019

An attorney can always see him

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