Yes i a agree with my peers. The Post Conviction Relief Act is what you must deal with. Few attorneys do this work well and it is hard to win on these things. However, you need to see an experienced PCRA attorney soon. SInce you are late in filing (1 year) the attorney may be able to gather some information about the attorney which would corroborate and support your allegations of ineffectiveness. This may add some substance to your petition.
Alot of times for first time RT offenders i recommend paying the civil demand, BEFORE the hearing as the DA or cop or District Justice may be more willing to offer the first time offenders program (resulting in no conviction). But after the hearing, I probably would advise against it. They could sue you, but especially if they are an out-ot-town collections company, they most likely will not.
Your sentencing order probably says "refrain from the use of alcohol".. Therefore, you should not drink if you want to be in compliance. Whether you want to have a drink or two is up to you. "Non-reporting probation means you don't have to report to the PO on a regular basis.
There is something wrong here. Either you missed a hearing at the District Justice and got convicted in absetia (absent) or the background check data base was wrong. Check your criminal history with the PA State Police. Go to their website, download form 164, complete it and send it in with a $10 money order. In a few weeks, you will get what is pretty much regarded as one of the most reliable data bases of criminal histories, along with teh FBI data base. They are shared. If nothing is on the...
I coucur with attorneys Keller and Jones. You can only expunge summary crimes after 5 years of arrest free behavior. What you may want to consider is a Pardon from the PA Board of Probation and Parole. I dont have the statute in front of me, but you may have to wait a period of 10 years in which you are not arrested. You may want to speak with an Attorney in your area or Harrisburg who does these, you may want to get the ball rolling now.
The information provided by Atty. McNicholas is all correct. I would get an elder law attorney involved to interview mom and get those essential documents-POA, Will, Living Will, etc. Being proactive can save you and your mom a lot of stress and expense down the road.