It sounds like your lengthy probation was allowing you time to pay restitution in such a large amount. You need an attorney to go to a Probation and the Court and convince them that incarceration is unnecessary. I would suggest hiring an attorney immediately to assist you with this difficult situation.
Your case has likely been filed with the local district justice, who should be sending a court date in the mail. Since this is your first offense, Bucks County has the ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition) program available to you. The District Attorney's Office makes all decisions on applications for the program. If you are accepted into ARD, you can earn a dismissal of all charges and be eligible to expunge your record.
It sounds like your nephew may have had his preliminary hearing in front of the District Court but the case does not end at that level. After the preliminary hearing, the case moves up to the Court of Common Pleas. The first hearing in the CCP is an arraignment and a lawyer can waive the client's appearance. You should check with his current attorney to find out whether he is still actively representing your nephew and whether the correct process has been followed. The failure to appear...
Underage Drinking does carry significant penalties in PA and you should certainly contact a criminal defense attorney. It would not be wise to simply rely on the officer's word about telling the Judge you were well behaved. Police officers can say a lot of things but you need a lawyer representing your best interests. In Montgomery County, some District Judges offer diversionary programs that a lawyer can push for on your behalf.
The key is whether you were processed, fingerprinted and photographed, after receiving the citation. Typically, you are not which would mean that only a search of the specific District Court database would produce any result.
You will likely receive a criminal summons in the mail depending on the chemical analysis of your blood. The DUI would be a criminal offense and the speeding charge would be added onto the criminal case. I think you should consult with an attorney at your earliest convenience to know what will likely happen with your case. Please feel free to call me at (215) 639-4400.
I would recommend hiring a lawyer to help with the situation. You need someone to contact the house arrest department and probation to find out what their intentions are with regard to re-sentencing you for the violation. It sounds like you may be able to avoid additional jail time but that decision is ultimately up to the judge.
I think you should make an appointment to see an experienced criminal defense attorney as most offer free initial consultations. You should discuss your money situation and the attorney can make a decision on whether he can work with you on a payment arrangement.
The citation you have received does carry some penalties that you should be aware of before deciding what to do. Underage Drinking or Purchase is a summary offense but you can lose your drivers' license for a minimum of 6 months if you simply plead guilty and pay the fine. Plus, you would have a guilty plea entered on the case that can be discovered by potential employers and/or educational institutions in the future. You should plead not guilty and hire an attorney to help you out. While...
Underage Drinking seems like a minor offense but there can be long term repercussions. In PA, you receive a driver's license suspension for underage drinking. Also, it can look bad on future applications for either graduate school or a job. You should hire an attorney right away. Sometimes a phone call to the officer will result in no charges being filed, or it being something other than underage drinking.