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William Robert Bickerton

William Bickerton’s Answers

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  • I am under supervision of dui court. I injured my back and am in severe pain and am being denied any type of prescribed meds. ?

    I have been to the doctors and they've prescribed me non-narcotic medicine and i am still not allowed to take anything. My doctor has also put me on temporary disablity from work. I have been suffering debilitating pain for a month now and for t...

    William’s Answer

    To be safe, you should hire an attorney to file a motion with the Court to get permission to take the medication in advance if you believe that your probation officer will violate your probation. If you are detained, the correctional facility may give you pain medication if you have the prescription and a note from the doctor. You can call the facility to find out the proper procedures for getting your prescriptions. Ultimately, you are in a situation that you need the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

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  • I am probation and have a warrant for Bench Warrant Probation Violation - Issued Absconding Probationer - Continental USA

    I had a meeting with my probation officer and was leaving in the morning to go to the meeting when my father and I had an argument and the police were called. He tried to attack me and I ran and damaged property while running away. The police stop...

    William’s Answer

    I agree with Cary. You need to contact your PO as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the worse it looks. It would be helpful to hire a lawyer to help assist and advise you in dealing with the new case and with the detainer issued by your PO.

    William R. Bickerton

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  • I have no criminal record but now i have been charged with VUFA simple assault and a misdemeanor drug charge what am i facing?

    i have no criminal background

    William’s Answer

    You are facing serious consequences. You need to talk to a Philly criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible because you have a lot at stake. In addition, an attorney needs to read your paperwork to understand your case and to advise you properly. My following answer is based on the limited information provided by your question so go see a lawyer.

    If you had a loaded gun or possessed ammunition for the gun, you are potentially facing a standard range minimum sentence between 12 and 24 months (in a State Correctional Institution). If there are mitigating or aggravating factors, a judge can add or subtract 12 months.

    If you had an unloaded gun and did not possess any ammunition for the gun, you are potentially facing a minimum sentence ranging from 6-14 months (in a county jail or possibly a State Correctional Institution). If there are mitigating or aggravating factors, a judge can add or subtract 6 months.

    State Motivational Boot Camp is available in both of the preceding scenarios.

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  • My 17 year old daughter was charged with shoplifting approx. $30.00 worth of merchadise. Does she need a lawyer?

    The citation reads that she "Must". This is her first offense. She admits to the charge. How do I proceed?

    William’s Answer

    You do not have to hire a lawyer, but it would be best to get a consultation with a local criminal defense lawyer (You can usually get a free consultation). Even though she may admit to the charge and be "guilty," she may be able to get the charge withdrawn/dismissed by taking a class or performing community service. It would be well worth your time to explore your daughter's options.

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  • Is burglery a violent crime?

    Is burglery a violent crime if it was a break in at a stand at a park, 20 years ago? My fiancee is in a SCI in PA for receiving stolen goods, he was to get out on oct 20, 2008 (parole) but the gov. of pa pulled all releases for Pa and now the SCI ...

    William’s Answer

    Burglary of a stand at a park is not a "crime of violence" (See 42 Pa.C.S. § 9714(g)). But the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole is part of the Executive branch, not the Judicial. The Board looks at the sentence as if it is a flat sentence, which is contrary to county sentences.

    Getting paroled at your minimum sentence is viewed as a privilege not a right. In other words, a 5 to 10 year sentence is a 10-year sentence. The Board does not have to parole you before you have served 10 years. -Bill

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  • Is reagrding probation violations

    hello my problem is i was up on a probation violation and missed the court hearing and i was wondering if there is ne way to avoid goin to jail because i am a single mom and do not wanna loose my lil girl im all she has

    William’s Answer

    This is a rather tricky question to answer without more information. Ultimately, it is up to the judge's discretion whether to send you to jail or give you another punishment. Part of this may depend on whether your violation a technical violation or a violation for a conviction. However, the best advice I can offer is to get in touch with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer will be able to advocate on your behalf. I also advise you to check to see if the judge issued a bench warrant for you missing the court hearing.

    Best regards,

    William R. Bickerton , Esq.
    Pittsburgh, PA

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  • DUI/ARD Program and how to answer the criminal background questions on Law School Apps

    In 1999, I was arrested for a dui in Allegheny County, PA. The charge was dui and reckless driving, and I completed the ARD program. I am now applying for law school and there are two versions of the criminal background question that I am not...

    William’s Answer

    You completed the ARD program so the charges should have been dismissed. The case should have been automatically expunged because it occurred in Allegheny County.

    To answer the law school applications truthfully, you should answer "yes" to being charged with a crime and "no" to being convicted of a crime. The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office would have a record of your admission to the ARD program, and PennDOT would still have a record of your license suspension. All other records should be destroyed.

    Very truly yours,
    William R. Bickerton

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  • Could there be a warrant 33 years after not showing up for court on a prostitution charge

    I WAS CHARGE 33YRS AGO FOR PROSTITUTION, PLACED IN JAIL RELEASE ON BAIL AND DID NOT SHOW UP FOR COURT.

    William’s Answer

    Yes, you could have a warrant. I have represented many clients charged with prostitution. Call me, and I will find out if you have an active warrant for no charge.

    Very truly yours,
    William R. Bickerton

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  • Does PA have statute of limitations for DUI

    I know the statue or limitations for a DUI in PA is two years...but what if you have two DUI charges against you? Can they bring the prior DUI charge up again after a punishment was supposedly already made?

    William’s Answer

    To answer your question thoroughly and competently, I need more information from you. You can contact me for a free consultation, or you can call another qualified attorney in Allegheny County.

    Very truly yours,
    William R. Bickerton

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  • Urgent: Presciption drug charges in Pennsylvania??

    my ex-wife has been charged with 2 drug felonies in Allegheny county in Pennsylvania: "conspiracy to obtain or acquire possession of controlled substances by misrepresentation" & "acquiring or obtaining possession of a controlled substance by misr...

    William’s Answer

    Your ex-wife's lawyer should have informed your ex-wife of the possible maximum sentences and any mandatory minimum sentences that she is facing. If she does not have an attorney, she can contact my law firm for a free consultation.

    You mentioned that there is a child custody issue. Are you and your ex-wife fighting each other for custody?

    Very truly yours,
    William R. Bickerton

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