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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Federal Crimes and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: my mother is in the icu. Her boyfriend took her check book, wrote himself a check for 250 signed her name. what do I do?

she is not awake and in no way gave consent for him to sign. I am her poa and have been motoring her bank account and paying bills for her. He did not tell me about it and is unaware I have a cess to her account. They are not married nor have children together, there is no joint account. What legal... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 22, 2018

you need to notify the bank immediately if a check was paid on a "forged necessary endorsement"--namely her signature or the signature of the person using the check. He will have to put the money in the account. A problem may be that it sounds like he is in her house.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on

Q: How should I go about this warrant? Can I get it lifted?

Last year I did this thing online that they said they will pay you for. I received the check in the mail. I went to cash it and the lady at the bank asked me how I got the check . I told her I got it in the mail. She said she needs to verify it. She took a copy of my ID and took my phone number. I... Read more »

Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Mar 11, 2018

The only way to get a felony warrant lifted is to appear in front of the issuing authority. They will process you and set bail. Its always a good idea to have local counsel as they can usually arrange to do everything at once which speeds up the process. There is no burden on the Commonwealth to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Identity Theft and White Collar Crime for Pennsylvania on

Q: I asked for the discovery to my federal case and was told I couldn't get it.what can I do to get it?i have my adictment

I'm also on home confinement as well but not allowed to see the discovery on the matter at hand,what can I do to get it?

NiaLena Caravasos answered on Feb 25, 2018

There may be a protective order in your case, which could explain why you cannot have and/or see your discovery. However, you will need to know what the evidence is against you in order to make proper decisions in your case, so you can certainly ask your lawyer when she/he will be able to discuss... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on

Q: Can I sue?

My sons football coach was recently arrested on child pornography charges. He’s been investigated since August 12 and on August 17 his home was searched and evidence was taken that day. None of the parents were informed of this and he was still allowed to coach our children. Is this grounds to... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 20, 2018

If your child was assaulted yes. If not, it's creepy and steps should be taken to make sure the school & /or association have a rquirement parents be notified.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on

Q: If somebody commits suicide and the person they where telling says "do it, kill yourself I could care less!"

Could the party receiving this information get into any trouble for not contacting proper authorities if the person is successful with the suicide

Zak Taylor Goldstein answered on Feb 8, 2018

Charges are sometimes brought in these types of cases. There was a heavily publicized case in Massachusetts recently where a young woman encouraged her friend to kill himself and he did. She was convicted of charges for this.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on

Q: Can I take someone to court if they lie to me about going to court for a child I use to take of.

I use to watch a child because the mother never took care of her child, I called services on her so many time because the mother would never take care of her child but after time I could no longer see the child the mother took her and was hiding and then now one person is going to court to get... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jan 30, 2018

I'm not sure there's anything you can do but I do suggest that you consult in person with an experienced family law attorney to discuss this matter in detail. It's a bit unclear from what you've written but I'm sure in a face to face meeting it will all come out.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on

Q: Can a parent press charges for their child who is not a minor?

Let me add some detail here. Let's say there's an aggravated assault. Can the parents of the victim do anything on the victim's behalf? Only if the victim is a minor, right?

Now, for another line of thought. Let's say alcohol was involved in the assault, used by both the victim and the... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush answered on Dec 19, 2017

I'm not sure what you're asking. If you were a witness to a crime you can go to the police. You can't file for a Protection from Abuse order on behalf of a competent adult, even if he/she is your child.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on

Q: I am 15 can I get felony

I am Getting blames for biting my boyfriends nephew when I didn’t there was bruise mark but I didn’t can they find out who did it

Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 9, 2017

You need to speak with an attorney to get advice particular to you and your facts. Any future interactions you want to have witnesses there and be sure not to get into any altercations at all.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on

Q: Hi I’m 18 and my boyfriend is 37. Can my mother press charges even though I waited until I turned 18?

To get more specific, me and him dated for about a month when I was 16 ( no sexual contact at all). However my mother found out and he left far away. I just turned 18 about a month ago and I contacted him because I still have strong feelings for him and we started dating again. Can my mother still... Read more »

Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Nov 10, 2017

She could certainly try. It would be very tough for a prosecutor to engage in a case like this because of the difficulty in proving any contact. There may be some charges for corruption of a minor but that would be again very difficult for them to prove. Keeping in mind that pressing charges is a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on

Q: Is it against the law to talk to a thirteen year old girl but helping her through depression of harming her self.

Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Jun 25, 2017

In the most direct form the answer to your question is no. However, the real answer is it depends. Depends on your age, depends on the content of the message, depends on who is making the decision on legality, and it depends on how she views the message. If the messages could be construed as you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Wrongful Death and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on

Q: Can a person be charged if knowingly has a deceased person in home for longer then 24hrs before calling police.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 9, 2017

Depends on the circumstances. May be a health code violation as well.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Child Support and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on

Q: What do you do if you're dad puts a gun to you're head what can he be charged with and how long can he go away for

Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Jun 8, 2017

You call the police. Period. Thats not acceptable behavior from an adult, or anyone. There us a laundry list of things he can be charged with and yes he will go to jail.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Family Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on

Q: DA wants to meet with the victim is this a good sign towards filing charges

My 9 yr old was thrown up against the wall, her feet were off and he had her by the neck - this was done by her father and she had difficulty breathing - the Child Protetive medicine doctor assessed this as strangulation - the DA asked to meet with my daughter in person. Is this a good sign that... Read more »

Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Apr 13, 2017

I would caution you not to read too much into such a meeting. These kind of cases are very delicate especially with a child that age. In all likelihood it may just be an assessment to see how well the child can testify or remember what happened. I would say it is potentially a positive step... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on

Q: What laws or precedents were used in United States v. Nixon?

Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Feb 15, 2017

A lot of them. Its a 25 paged opinion. The best way to answer your question is to tell you to read the case and then ask a specific question.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on

Q: What happens if a witness lies to a grand jury within a testimony?

R. Patrick Link answered on Jan 24, 2017

A witness who lies at a Grand Jury hearing commits the crime of perjury. It is a felony of the third degree that can carry a maximum sentence of seven years in jail.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on

Q: How do you address police misconduct in a motion?

R. Patrick Link answered on Jan 24, 2017

Police misconduct may be relevant in many different stages of a prosecution. If proven, it can affect their credibility in court which could enable you to win a motion to suppress evidence, or win an outright acquittal. Learn more on my blog -... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on

Q: Is delaying prosecution investigative misconduct

NiaLena Caravasos answered on Dec 24, 2016

Your question is too vague to even begin answering it. You really should discuss this issue with a federal criminal defense attorney regarding the particular prosecution that concerns you and the investigation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on

Q: Is the AUSA responsible for any request made by the federal goverment

NiaLena Caravasos answered on Dec 24, 2016

Not necessarily. There is no simple answer to your question and everything is fact specific and case specific. You really should discuss your particular circumstances privately and in detail with a federal criminal defense attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Gov & Administrative Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: The AUSA for the fed. gov. agrees to sit down and show the def. all the evidence they are going to present is it good/ba

Trial isn't until another 2 months and they offered a plea deal. Also there is no new evidence that the defense doesn't already know about.

NiaLena Caravasos answered on Dec 18, 2016

This meeting that you describe is called a reverse proffer. It can be helpful for a defendant to understand the scope of the government's case. Keep in mind, however, that there is usually (but not always) additional discovery provided as you get closer to trial that would not be shown to you now,... Read more »

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