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  • When will a citation appear on your record?

    I was not arrested, PA state police said I will receive citation in the mail for public drunkenness and possibly another charge. I will be fighting the charges but am currently accepting an employment opportunity and they are running a background ...

    Forest’s Answer

    I agree with the the previous response. I write separately to advise you that there are options to either fight the charge or to have the charge dismissed through a Summary ARD Program. It is imperative you speak with a local attorney who can advise you of your options.

    F. Dean Morgan, Esquire
    Hershey, PA

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  • I need to know what charges to file and who to file them through

    My paycheck from the week prior (issues with employer getting my hours) came in the mail today while I was at work. Another resident in my household took it upon themselves to open it, forge my signature, and deposit it to their account without my...

    Forest’s Answer

    You should contact the police in your jurisdiction. If you live in Columbia, that would be the Columbia Police Department. If you live near Columbia in Lancaster County, it is most likely West Hempfield Township Police Department.

    Regardless, contact police to have charges filed.

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  • What to expect after a DUI stop

    I was pulled over but the cop didn't tell me why. He asked if I had been drinking and then did FST and a breathalyzer. He then handcuffed me and took me for a blood test. Afterwards I was driven home. What happens next?

    Forest’s Answer

    Your blood will be tested and, assuming that your Blood Alcohol Content is above a .08% or your blood contained evidence of controlled substances, a complaint will be filed. The Magisterial District Judge. will issue a summons to appear and notice of a preliminary hearing.

    DUI Defense can be complex and, as such, the answer to your question requires a ffull and fair case evaluation by an experienced DUI Defense attorney such as myself. Therefore, I encourage you to contact an attorney as soon as possible.

    Many of us provide a great deal of information on our websites. Therefore, I encourage you to review as much information as possible on a lawyer's website before contacting the lawyer. In addition, online case evaluations are available from some attorneys.

    A DUI can have serious consequences. However, an experienced DUI Defense attorney an help mitigate those consequences so that you can move forward.

    F. Dean Morgan, Esquire
    DUI Defense Attorney
    Hershey, Pennsylvania

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  • I was called in for questioning about 7 months ago and I still haven't heard anything so should I be worried about it ?

    I was called in for questioning about 7 months ago and I haven't got anything in the mail a phone call or anything and I don't have any pending charges so should I worry about it ? Or what should I do ?

    Forest’s Answer

    You should speak to a Criminal Defense Attorney. In most cases, the consultation is free. The defense attorney can provide expert advice about your situation. If there is further inquiry, the defense attorney can serve as a buffer between yourself and the police.

    Under no circumstance should you contact the police without counsel.

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  • I don't know if I actually got a DUI or not

    So I had about seven drinks total (within a six hour period about.) I got pulled over in my friend's drive way, and they came up asked if I'd been drinking asked for my info. They took my friend immediately into they're car. He only had three drin...

    Forest’s Answer

    You will likely receive a summons in the mail within the next few weeks. You will receive a Summons, a Copy of the Criminal Complaint, a Fingerprint Order, and a Notice of Preliminary Hearing.

    Whether this occurred in Lebanon County, Dauphin County, or other county, It is imperative that you contact an experienced DUI Defense attorney to assist you as soon as possible. Most, like me, offer free consultations. Some, like me, offer free online case evaluations. For more information, go to www.DUICaseEvaluation.com

    F. Dean Morgan, Esquire
    DUI Defense Attorney
    The Morgan Law Firm
    Hershey, PA

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  • Can I get a summary offense expunged

    If I am convicted of a summary offense (non traffic citation) in Pennsylvania, can I get it expunged after fulfilling certain requirements?

    Forest’s Answer

    Generally, you can have a summary offense expunged after 5 years.

    If you have been convicted of Underage Drinking, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 6308, you can have it expunged after you reach the age of 21, regardless of the date of conviction.

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  • Recently a DM ruled in my favor by default. Defendant appealed to the court of common pleas. I have 20 days to file a complaint.

    First, is an attorney necessary to file a complaint. Second, I have been out of town and have only a few business days to file a complaint; therefore, can an extension be requested. Finally, the original claim was X, prior to the DM's decision the...

    Forest’s Answer

    The Rules of Civil Procedure can be complex. You NEED an attorney to prepare and file your complaint. If you fail to comply with the Rules of Civil Procedure, you can lose important rights. Contact an Attorney ASAP.

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  • Big civil court question.

    debt collector appealed the small claim court award i won which was 15 grand. Can I file a complaint asking for more than 50 grand which is above arbitration limits? Also can I demand a jury hearing instead of going through arbitration since I pla...

    Forest’s Answer

    If you have prevailed at the District Court level and the opposing party has filed an appeal, you have 20 days to file a Complaint. A Complaint in the Court of Common Pleas must comply with the Rules of Civil Procedure or else you may be subject to having the case dismissed.

    However, the matter is automatically heard by a panel of Arbitrators regardless of amount. Yes, you have correctly cited the compulsory arbitration limit of $50,000.00. However, that limit is not relevant in your case because the case began in the lower court.

    That being said, the matter is heard de novo. This means that you may bring an action for any amount you desire. Regardless of the amount, the matter will first be heard by arbitrators. Following an award by the arbitration panel, either side may file an appeal. If that were to occur, you would then have the right to a trial by jury.

    The arbitration panel consists of three lawyers who volunteer their time (the pay is low) to decide cases. Arbitration usually moves the case through the system faster. However, you do have all of the other options available to you such as discovery, etc.

    While having a trial by jury is a goal, the process for getting a case to trial by jury is long and can end up costing a substantial amount of time and money.

    The most important thing you can do for yourself right now is to get a lawyer to draft the complaint.

    F. Dean Morgan
    The Morgan Law Firm
    Hershey, PA

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  • Misdemeanor 2, Second Offense

    I have a preliminary hearing in December for an class 2 misdemeanor, 2nd offense for retail theft, although it is technically my third offense for retail theft. I have a preliminary hearing coming up, but cannot afford a lawyer and cannot get a pu...

    Forest’s Answer

    If this is your third offense, it would be properly graded as a Felony 3. They can amend the charge at the preliminary hearing to reflect a felony. However, because the value of the property in each case was less than $50.00 and based on your question, I assume this one is as well, it is not a question of whether you can afford a lawyer, but whether you can afford not to have one.

    First, you do not want to make a mistake of telling the officer or the court that this is a third offense. Your words can and will be used against you. Having an attorney to serve as a buffer can prevent you from admitting something the prosecution does not know.

    Second, if the value is less than $50.00, a lawyer may be able to work out a different resolution for you and end the case at the preliminary hearing. Without a lawyer, you will likely end up having your case resolved at the Court of Common Pleas and it will most definitely be unfavorable to you.

    Hire a lawyer, at least for the preliminary hearing. You cannot afford not to.

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  • How do I know from my docket sheet if my offense was a misdemeanor or a felony?

    I have a charge from 1998 and I'm online looking at the docket sheets but I can't figure out how to tell if my conviction was for a felony or misdemeanor. It is a theft by unlawful taking which could go either way.

    Forest’s Answer

    Because the docket sheets online are generally "migrated" offenses such as Thefts are difficult to ascertain. As a general rule in Pennsylvania, if the theft was greater than 2000.00, it is a felony.

    Unfortunately, if your search is to determine if the charges can be expunged, the cannot unless you are at least 70 years old. A pardon may be available, but a pardon is a long process that can take up to 5 years to complete.

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