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  • Is there anything I can do to get a summary offense of retail theft off my record?

    I was charged with retail theft and I just plead guilty and payed the fine. I know that wasn't the best option now but is there anyway I could still get into an ARD program and have the charges expudged?

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    It depends...First, when did you plead guilty? You have 30 days from the date of your conviction at a MDJ to file an appeal. You could still do so as a matter of right, if within the 30 day time frame. If not, you may be able to file a request for an appeal nunc pro tunc. Depends on the county and the DA's willingness to allow you to do so. I wouldn't hold my breath if you're beyond the 30 days. Next option, under the Criminal History Records Information Act (CHRIA) you may seek an expungement of a summary offense if you've been free of arrest or prosecution for 5 years from the date you plead guilty. Even then, the DA's may keep a record of your conviction for this offense (non-public) because it's a "recidivist offense" and you may get an enhanced sentence if ever charged and convicted in the future.

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  • My fiance and I live together if we split does she have any advantage in custody of my boys I work and very stable in my life

    We might seperate due to family issues not within ours and just curious if it would be partial by the judge and who decides who they live with regarding the factors behind it?

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    In Pennsylvania, parents are on an equal playing field. There is no such thing any more as favoring one parent over another. There are statutory factors that a court will consider. Those will determine the outcome.

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  • Can I can a government job with pending criminal charges of Terristic threats with the intent to terrorize? Case is still open.

    I recently got arrested and in trouble becuse my sons father pressed charges on me after he charged after me and i threatened him to stay away from me as i swung my keys at him will exchanging our child so he would keep his distance away from me. ...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    It likely will. Both Act 151 and 34 background clearances are required to get a job in with the state of PA. Federal jobs likewise have similar requirements. Even though not convicted, the charge itself will prevent most government employees from considering you for hire.

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  • If I am being blackmailed what do I do ?

    I am being blackmailed with paying the abortion fee (950) of a 16 year old or they are going to press charges on me. I am 19 years old and she lied about her age also her father is threatening my life as well as blackmailing me. what steps should...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    I'm not clear on the facts. Was she 16 when you had intercourse? You were 19? Or was she 15? The ages you're describing is not statutory sexual assault. Worst case is it's corruption of minors. In any case, I would be proactive and contact the police about their extortionist activity. That's worse. The police may want to use you to get evidence against them.

    Finally, don't use social media to discuss anymore.

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  • Can you get in trouble if they think you helped someone escape from a halfway house while on sip

    my girlfriend was thought to have aided her roommate escape from her halfway house. my girlfriend is on sip, her roommate is not. They sent her back to muncy yesturday morning and I am just wondering what will happen to her?

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    She could possibly be charged for aiding and abetting an escape. It's a felony. If she's called for questioning, it may be best to seek counsel.

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  • Joint physical custody, father has been unreliable.

    My sons father and I have joint physical custody. We switch every 2 days as our son is 3 right now. This winter my ex was extremely unreliable. He willingly quit his job and after not paying rent for more than 5 months was almost evicted. His pare...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    I think you've raised some very interesting concerns. His inability to care for himself, let alone the child, is a factor that the court will consider. I would consult with counsel regarding these concerns.

    For instance, the house is in disarray. Is it a health and safety concern for the child? Does he leave potentially harmful things lay about the home? Pill bottles, insulin syringes, cigarette butts, illegal drugs, etc.? He cannot feed himself. Is the child being properly fed while in his care? Is he washing clothes? Is the child kept clean in his care? These are all questions that need answered.

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  • How long does it take for a citation to come in the mail?

    I got pulled over a few weeks ago and the officer said I should recieve a citation in the mail. I saw online that there was a dicket sheet and a citation was filed, but I havnt recieved anything yet in the mail.

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Depends on the jurisdiction, but typically 2-3 weeks. It may be shorter or longer based on caseloads and how quickly the information is processed.

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  • Whats the law if two people push each other ?

    exchange verbal assault and push each other

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    I'm assuming that the police were present and took statements? Likely, you may both be facing harassment charges. However, if it was more serious, such as either of you get cut, bruised, stitches- you may be looking at simple assault by mutual scuffle (M3), simple assault on one of you (M2), or even aggravated assault if it was seriously bodily injury (F2). Not sure, this is a very limited description of what occurred and I would need to discuss the case with the complaint in front of me. Call counsel and don't discuss this case online.

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  • Can i still be given ARD second offense? And will I do jail time?

    I was recently arrested for a retail theft misdemeanor 1st degree(value under $150) $70, although I have a prior retail theft from my juvenile record summary.

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Chances are slim. Likely will depend on the last time you had ARD and what it was for. If you had a DUI just 5 years ago, then likely not. I wouldn't see any jail time of its Dauphin County though. Likely house arrest and 12-18 month loss of license. However, if you had ARD 20 years ago for theft, then it's possible. You should get a lawyer from Dauphin County that knows the local system.

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  • If my brother already has written his guilty plea colloqy can he still plead not guilty

    W

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Alternatively, if he has already submitted the plea to the court and the Judge has accepted it, he may still withdraw it under certain circumstances of the court hasn't yet sentenced him. The sooner he requests to withdraw the plea the better.

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