Jeffrey B. Engle’s Answers

Jeffrey B. Engle

Harrisburg Education Law Attorney.

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  1. What is the legal definition of burglary 1st degree in the state of Missouri?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Lawrence Doyle
    2. Jeffrey B. Engle
    3. Robert C. Keller
    4. Douglas Lee Dolfman
    5. William A. Jones Jr.
    5 lawyer answers

    In PA, a felony one burglary is the entry into the promises of another with the intent to commit a crime therein. Voluntary intoxication is not a defense.

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  2. I got my second DUI last night. What am I looking at as far as jail time and liscense suspension.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Kotik
    2. Jeffrey B. Engle
    3. Robert C. Keller
    4. Forest Dean Morgan
    5. William A. Jones Jr.
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    I agree with my colleagues on the sentencing and possible license loss. However, as a local attorney, if you got the DUI in Dauphin County, you're likely not looking at jail time. Instead you can get an intermediate punishment sentence with the first 90 days on house arrest, not jail. You'll be permitted to leave for work, doctor's appointments, shopping and reasonably necessary appointments. See www.shafferengle.com and click on "DUI Defense" for more answers.

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  3. Need advice on getting a DV case dismissed in Harrisburg, PA. I intended to get information on a PFA not press criminal charges.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. William A. Jones Jr.
    2. Jeffrey B. Engle
    3. Adam Todd Katzman
    4. Michael Adam Haber
    4 lawyer answers

    Excellent and thorough advice by Attorney Jones. I will add, as a practicing criminal defense attorney in Dauphin County, police practices vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. I would not write to the judge, police, or victim witness department. It won't do you any good and may likely worsen things. I would, instead, contact the defendant's attorney. Let them know that you don't want to press charges further. They will be likely to be able to speak to the DA and work something out.

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  4. What legal rights do grandparents have in the state of pa?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey B. Engle
    2. Randi Joy Silverman
    3. Susan J. Vandegrift
    3 lawyer answers

    Grandparents do not have a right to seek custody unless the parents are either divorced, separated, or one is deceased. They cannot inject themselves into an intact family. If there are substantial concerns about the health, safety, and welfare of the kids that may be different. CNY Should be notified first.

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  5. Can Children & Youth Service take my child away if she's sleeping in a couch?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey B. Engle
    2. Jason Kutulakis
    3. Randi Joy Silverman
    3 lawyer answers

    The standard for a dependency proceeding is whether the health, safety and welfare of the child is placed in jeopardy. I cannot imagine that sleeping in a couch would be grounds for dependency. That being said, however, I assume that this is transitional living and will not be permanent. Get the child his-her own bed ASAP.

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  6. Tax Return Question?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey B. Engle
    2. James H Sutton Jr.
    3. Phillip Monroe Smith
    3 lawyer answers

    You should claim the gain ($3,000) on your taxes as either a long term or short term capital gain. There may be exemptions for specific amounts of personalty sold during any one year. However, a tax practitioner may have a better answer for this. A short term capital gain is generally a gain on an item sold that was held for less than one year. Long term is obviously then, more than one year. Good luck!

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  7. Can a father get custody of his son if his sons mother lives in a building with drug addicts?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey B. Engle
    2. Randi Joy Silverman
    3. Kathryn L. Hilbush
    3 lawyer answers

    It's a definite possibility. Among the many factors a court must now consider is the environment provided by either parent for the child(ren). I would be interested to find out the names of the neighbors (drug addicts) so I could check their accessible criminal backgrounds. That's an issue for the court to consider.

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  8. Am I only entitled to the pay-down credit or am I entitled to the taxes & mortgage interest also?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey B. Engle
    2. Susan J. Vandegrift
    3. David Raymond Mahood
    3 lawyer answers

    My colleague is right. It depends. However, if the marital home is in NJ, has the divorce likewise been filed in NJ? If so, NJ law would apply. As a PA attorney my assumption in the limited facts would be that he would get half the proceeds, less any amounts that you've paid to the mortgage, taxes, insurance and upkeep. That amount that you've paid would likely be offset by a reasonable rental value for your half of the full rent. So, you'd get some of your equity back from him, less half the...

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  9. Is it a true EIN ?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. John David Outtrim
    2. Jeffrey B. Engle
    3. Arthur Harold Geffen
    4. Dominique Nghi Thieu
    5. Mayer Nazarian
    5 lawyer answers

    No, that's not your Federal EIN. Go to the IRS website, click on "Businesses," then go to "EIN." You can either make formal application over the phone, online or through the mail. If you print out their form and fill it in with all the appropriate data (from your books, etc), it's easier and quicker to do it on the phone. You should get an EIN right then. Good luck!

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  10. Child custody.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey B. Engle
    2. Randi Joy Silverman
    3. Frederick M. Stanczak
    3 lawyer answers

    Under the Custody Act, you may request that all parents and significant others submit to a criminal background check. You may also ask for a drug test and a mental health evaluation prior to resuming any visitation. You may want to investigate this possibility further. The court will not likely order any unsupervised custody to an individual with a drug history that is currently testing positive for drugs.

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