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John Albert Abom

John Abom’s Answers

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  • If my ex has a pfa against me how can I see my kids?

    No custody agreement in place, children are not included in the pfa

    John’s Answer

    As the other answers indicate, you should petition the court for custody. In the interim, you could also seek to have the PFA modified to permit contact with the ex for purposes of exchanging and discussing the children. In that modification, you can seek some limited custody but a full blown custody complaint is the better way to go. Get to an experienced family law attorney to get moving so that you can maintain a relationship with your children.

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  • In PA is the driver of a vehicle the only person who can be charged with homicide by vehicle?

    4 people in a car, backseat passenger in a 2 door vehicle accused of grabbing steering wheel and causing car to lose control, occupants were under the influence, but nobody was tested, as well as drugs being found in the car, the backseat passenge...

    John’s Answer

    The person can be and, according to you, has been charged. Whether the case can be proven is a different question. The consequences for these charges are very severe and if you have not done so already, visit with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.

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  • Recently offered employment in Florida but had my ARD in PA expunged over 15 years ago. Submitting to Fingerprint

    In the process moving to Florida for a job passed initial criminal background check and psp and court show no record found. my concern is will FBI fingerprinted record cause me grief with an expunge record

    John’s Answer

    The PA State Police maintain criminal records in PA and should have removed the fingerprint records from the same database used by the FBI (NCIC). If PSP comes up "No Record Found." then it should not exist elsewhere.

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  • How long do Georgia have to come pick up a fugitive from York PA?

    My boyfriend got a robbery charge in Savannah GA he did five years and had two years to walk off from probation but he left to PA. he got pulled over coming from work because of inspection tickers they did a missal and he was on Georgia nationwide...

    John’s Answer

    The demanding state (Georgia) initially has 30 days to provide PA with the proper documentation and will be entitled to another 60 day extension if they need it. The only issue in this type of proceeding is (a) whether he is being sought and (b) is he actually the person being sought. If he waives extradition, he'll likely start getting credit for time served in custody awaiting extradition. As for how much time they can give him, the folks in Georgia will make that decision. You would be smart to line up an attorney down there right away. While it is a misdemeanor offense here in PA to be a fugitive from another jurisdiction, that offense is rarely prosecuted to a conviction.

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  • Can I use the police dept for destroying my belongings during a house raid???

    House was raided in 2009 for drugs n weapons. Only found a few pills. Now the cops raided again saying a "c.I." stated there was heavy foot traffic in n out of home which is total b.s. All they found was 2 aluminum tinfoil pipes with marijuana re...

    John’s Answer

    You can but you'll also want to sort out the likely criminal charges first. Your attorney can help you and can reach out the officers to find out the answers to what, if any, charges may be filed. Hopefully you documented the damages with photos or video. I would not delay in contacting an attorney to help you.

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  • Will my probation officer or the DMV hear about a single ignition interlock violation?

    I regrettably accumulated a single 15 minute lock violation. The procedure for how single interlock violations are handled is not clearly explained by either the probation office or the interlock company. Should I come clean to my PO or is it in m...

    John’s Answer

    Raise this issue with your attorney. Trust that he or she has the experience with the Centre County Adult probation department and the supervising officer to give you informed advice as to what to do. Be truthful with your attorney about why there was an issue.

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  • Are the results of my alcohol assessment for a DUI set in stone?

    I had to take an alcohol assessment as part of the process to apply for ARD. I took the assessment and I don't agree with the verdict. If i go to take another one elsewhere will the new counselor be able to see the answers I gave during the first ...

    John’s Answer

    Generally one counselor will not see the answers you gave to another unless you authorized a disclosure from the first to the second. The real question, however, is whether the recommendation, with which you do not agree, will be disclosed to the ARD folks. If so, I would not waste your time and money obtaining a second evaluation unless your attorney confirms with the ARD folks that they will disregard the first eval and go with another. Finally, strongly consider your motives in feeling the need to preclude the ANSWERS you gave during the first evaluation. If they were truthful, I suggest you keep them that way. Speak with your attorney. If you do not have one, meet with one to help you sort out these issues.

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  • I may be getting charged with a DUI, what am I looking at in fines and suspension?

    Under the age of 18, first criminal charge ever, it was a controlled substance not alcohol

    John’s Answer

    Presumably, this case will proceed to juvenile court and will be initiated by way of a juvenile petition. You and your parents should expect to receive a notice from the Juvenile Probation Department in the county in which the offense arose. Palmyra addresses are both in Lebanon and Dauphin Counties, I believe. If it happened on one county and you live in another, it will be a little more complicated. Both counties, and other local counties here in Central PA, offer alternative disposition programs that will require effort on your part but will serve to reduce your license suspension and will not result in an adjudication of delinquency. In any event, I strongly urge you to speak with a criminal defense attorney who can help sort out these issues and can identify any issues you can raise regarding the accusations themselves. I recommend visiting an attorney BEFORE you hear from the probation office.

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  • Hi, I'm looking for international extradition lawyer

    extradition from US to Czech republic. My friend is citizen of Czech republic and has a 10 year green card

    John’s Answer

    Find a lawyer experienced in federal criminal defense on the federal district where the extradition is sought (which may be different than the location of his or her arrest). If it is truly an extradition on account of criminal charges pending in the Czech Republic, then the issue for the court will be whether (a) there is an extradition treaty in force between Czech Republic and the US, (b) whether the treaty covers the offense(s) for which the person is charged, (c) whether the person is the actual person sought, and (d) probable cause exists to believe the person committed the offense for which he/she is charged. Get to an attorney who may be able to help or, in the alternative, may be able to ensure that the person receives as much time credit as possible for time spent in custody.

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