Christopher M. Patterson’s Answers

Christopher M. Patterson

Lancaster Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. What's going to happen if my fiance is found guilty for Retail Theft-Take Mdse and is it better to get a lawyer instead of a PD?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christopher M. Patterson
    2. Andrea E. Mertz
    3. Robert C. Keller
    4. Megan D. Hazel
    4 lawyer answers

    Jamie: A public defender is a lawyer who just happens to be employed by the county for the purpose of representing individuals who can't afford to hire a private lawyer. There are many excellent public defenders. For a retail theft misdemeanor the usual sentence after a plea or finding of guilt is probation. However, a person's prior record, circumstances of the case, judge who is handling the matter, etc., can affect the sentence that is actually imposed. It sounds like the July 1...

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  2. Do they drug test on House Arrest if marijuana charges were dropped? Or before you get off?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Lawrence Doyle
    2. Christopher M. Patterson
    3. William A. Jones Jr.
    4. Eric D. Strand
    5. Robert C. Keller
    5 lawyer answers

    Your PO can test you for drugs or alcohol at any time up to your release. As you say, lay off of any illegal substances. If you do not, and you get caught and violated, it will be the most expensive bowl or joint you ever smoked.

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  3. What is the best criminal defense??

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. William A. Jones Jr.
    2. Charles Laputka
    3. Daniel M. Myshin
    4. Christopher M. Patterson
    5. Barry Franklin Poulson
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    Speak to and hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately.

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  4. I am facing a simple assault charge. The plaintiff wants to drop the charges when we go to court. Do I plead guilty or not?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christopher M. Patterson
    2. Robert C. Keller
    3. James Regan
    3 lawyer answers

    If you plead guilty to either a misdemeanor or a reduced charge, like a summary offense, it will appear on both the PA UJS web portal and your criminal history (rap sheet). It will appear on both records even if the "plaintiff", who is really the "complaining witness" or "victim", is successful in convincing the DA that the charge should be dropped. You need to speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. You should do anything, e.g., lead guilty, before you have...

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  5. Should we want a State Sentence or a County Sentence?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christopher M. Patterson
    2. William A. Jones Jr.
    3. Robert C. Keller
    3 lawyer answers

    There are too many variables to answer your questions as posed. For example, is this a first, second or subsequent DUI? What tier was it? If you receive a county sentence you may be eligible for work release. Is that something you want to do? Does Luzerne County have some type of DUI court or county IPP program that allow you to avoid and additional jail time? You should speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Luzerne County before you make any decisions. He or she can tell...

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  6. Will a consent decree show up on my criminal record.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christopher M. Patterson
    2. Daniel M. Myshin
    3. Andrea E. Mertz
    3 lawyer answers

    Your question does not have a simple answer. If you are given a consent decree and complete the requirements, you are eligible to file a petition to expunge the record six months after your release from supervision, assuming you have no additional charges in that time. Until the record is expunged, which requires an attorney to file a petition to ask the court to do this, the record is available for sentencing consideration if you are charged again with a crime. Since juvenile records are in...

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  7. What constitutes police entrapment in Pennsylvania?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christopher M. Patterson
    2. Robert C. Keller
    3. Lidia L. Alperovich
    4. William Ray Pelger
    5. Kevin Mark Wray
    6. ···
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    What you describe does not appear to be entrapment. Both your daughter and Father need to speak to experienced criminal defense lawyers immediately. Each should speak to a separate lawyer because of the potential for a conflict of interest. There are a number of potential issues that need to be researched and investigated/ good luck.

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  8. I got pulled over for not having headlights on and was charged with a dui. I do not know if my lawyer is doing her job.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Lawrence Doyle
    2. Christopher M. Patterson
    3. Ethan Patrick Meaney
    3 lawyer answers

    It is difficult to answer your question because criminal defense practice in Pennsylvania varies from county to county. However, the rules of criminal procedure provide that discovery (police reports, video recordings, etc.) must be asked for with 14 days of your arraignment. The Commonwealth (DA's office) must then provide the materials on a timely basis. If the Commonwealth does not provide the materials your lawyer can file motions with the court to compel the DA's office to provide the...

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  9. PCRA question

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christopher M. Patterson
    2. Robert C. Keller
    3. William A. Jones Jr.
    4. Joshua Sachs
    5. Michael Lawrence Doyle
    5 lawyer answers

    Yes you can withdraw it. You can withdraw it at any time up to whenever the court before which the PCRA petition is active makes a decision and issues an order or opinion. That being said, before you withdraw a PCRA you should consult with your attorney, or if you don't have one, get one appointed or hired. If you withdraw a PCRA for what you believe is a good reason and it turns out to be not so good, you're stuck.

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  10. Need legal answers in a criminal defense case. Multiple questions.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christopher M. Patterson
    2. William A. Jones Jr.
    3. Robert C. Keller
    4. W. Wayne Punshon
    4 lawyer answers

    I will try to answer your questions briefly and clearly. A person can recant a statement. However, the District Attorney or County Detective's office will certainly ask why the person is recanting the statement. If the original statement is false, an individual can be charged with giving a false statement. The individual can still be subpoenaed to court; if the person refuses to answer the questions asked by the DA he or she can be held in contempt if there is no legal basis (privilege) not...

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