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Megan D. Hazel

Megan Hazel’s Answers

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  • If a defendant has an eyewitness ready to testify at a trial on the defendants behalf, stating that the defendant is Innocent ;

    Can the prosecutors or DA subpoena that same witness, the day before the trial begins, and try to persuade that witness to change their mind and testify on their behalf?

    Megan’s Answer

    If a witness is under subpoena, he or she must appear in court to testify. The District Attorney will question that witness in order to elicit testimony favorable to their case; the defendant through his or her counsel will then have the opportunity to cross-examine that witness.

    From the sound of your question, it doesn't appear that defense (or defense counsel) ever subpoenaed the witness. You should consider calling/retaining a criminal defense attorney to further go over your case.

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  • After filing for divorce if I buy a house I will have to split it with my husband?

    My husband and I are facing problems in our marriage that is likely to lead us to divorce. We have only been married seven months. I just received an inheritance from my father and I want to buy a house (with my money, without any contribution fro...

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    If you were to file for divorce, you would likely not have to "split" the prospective house with your husband for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the short length of your marriage. However, you'd be wise to consult an experienced divorce attorney in Montgomery County who can help you with this, especially if you have an inheritance at issue.

    The source of the purchase money, the timing and nature of a house purchase, and where you and your husband would each live if you filed all play a part. If you consult an attorney, she can help you navigate through all of this before taking any action.

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  • 26 yrs and one of us (h) is alcoholic. Cops called 2 x He's got control over $ claims he won't go I'm a financial hostage

    He keeps all money in accounts which I've got no access to. He's been alcoholic for 30 yrs, quits often always starts again. I panic when I realize how long he's been at the bar, he often comes in verbally swinging at me. He puts contingencies on ...

    Megan’s Answer

    Your question is not simple to answer and your situation has many facets.

    First, it seems that you have police activity to deal with; there may be a need for a PFA or there could be criminal implications if there have been assaults or other issues.

    Second, you mention finances but fail to mention whether you and your significant other are married and/or what the 26 years refers to -- have you been together 26 years or one of you is 26 years of age?

    I suggest consulting with an attorney in your area who is experienced in both domestic and criminal matters, so that you can give her a more complete picture and get a better response.

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  • My son is being mentally and verbally abused what are my options and how can I prove it?

    My ex wife is verbally and mentally abusing my son. In her discipline she throws items from the house at the wall while yelling and at him and calling him names. She bad mouths me at any chance she can get and it emotionally tears my son apart. M...

    Megan’s Answer

    Depending on how you and your ex-wife share custody, you might petition the court for a modification of custody, and you may have the opportunity to show why your son should have less visitation and/or custody. This is assuming you already have a custody order in place. If there is violence, or if your son is being subjected to any type of abuse, you may want to file for a Protection from Abuse on behalf of your son.

    Without more information, it is difficult to determine which options are best for you to pursue.

    Speak with an experienced family law attorney about these sensitive issues, so that she can help point you in the right direction.

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  • Can you be charged with perjury if you lie in a Magistrate hearing?

    such as in support

    Megan’s Answer

    It is a crime to commit perjury under oath; even if you are not under oath at the district justice or magistrate, you can be charged with a criminal offense if you give false information to law enforcement officials.

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  • Can i get my license back early?

    my license was suspended 2 years ago for under age drinking, now i am 21 and working NA/AA recovery for 2 months. i also attended a rehab and have no other reason for my license to be suspended other then the underages i had gotten 2 years ago. ca...

    Megan’s Answer

    I would need more information to respond to your question, such as the length of time of the suspension and whether or not you had any other suspension time from PennDOT that could have been 'tacked on'. You may be able to get an occupational license restoration, as my colleague indicated, but you should contact an attorney who can help you navigate through the process.

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  • How long do you have to pay spousal support Pennsylvania

    I've been paying spousal support for 2&a half years now if I give her 550 a month for 2 years then she will sign the divorce papers

    Megan’s Answer

    It is impossible to answer your question without knowing whether this is spousal support, as you indicate in the heading, or whether this is alimony pendente lite (APL) which is a type of support paid during the litigation (before the divorce is final) which may then be converted to alimony post-divorce. There are many factors that go into determination of alimony, including comparative incomes and the length of the marriage, and many considerations for spousal support.

    There is no way to predict whether your spouse will sign anything until you tell an attorney your actual factual circumstances and let her advise you accordingly.

    My suggestion would be to contact an experienced family law attorney and see if she can help you.

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  • Recently sued ex for shared custody. The day after she found out, she's yelling at me about not signing our son out of day care.

    I get him on time every day I have him, I just dont sign him out or leave a record of it. The day care never asked me to. I don't know how she could possibly know that I dont sign him out unless she requested copies of all of the day cares records...

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    She is probably looking for attendance record purposes only, but that is speculation.

    The factual statement you made in your post doesn't really give enough information to answer this question. You should contact an experienced family law attorney who can advise you further with regard to the specific facts in your case.

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  • I was served with divorce papers. It says I have to take PROMPT ACTION, what action am I supposed to take?

    Do I have to contact a lawyer? Am I just supposed to notify the court? My spouse is indicating that details of the settlement can be worked out amicably between us. I don't anticipate needing a lawyer to represent my needs in that area. Do I n...

    Megan’s Answer

    Although your divorce may seem like it will go smoothly, I would not rely on the verbal representation of a divorcing spouse that everything will be amicable. What often begins as amicable discussion can end in very hotly contested litigation, even if you don't anticipate it.

    Your best bet is to contact an experienced divorce lawyer at once, who practices in Montgomery County, so that she can consult with you and advise accordingly. Without reviewing what you were served with, it is difficult to provide specific answers.

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  • What to expect in equity distribution hearing?

    Hello, i have equity distribution hearing on sept 29th, since this is my first one im not sure what to expect. any insight would be helpful. Its in Bucks County. Thanks.

    Megan’s Answer

    You can expect to have the proceeding conducted differently depending on whether it's held in front of a Master or a Judge. You didn't specify, but I am assuming it is in front of a Master since you said it's your "first one". There are different rules of procedure that are followed in court as opposed to the Master's office. However, you should be prepared either way to have any and all of your marital estate subject to thorough review and distribution (division) between you and your spouse. It would be in your best interest to speak with an experienced divorce attorney who practices in your area prior to attending your hearing.

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