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  • If I was fingerprinted for a job I have as a bus driver a misdemeanor showed up from when I was 19, can I be fired

    it was a misdemeanor from 30years ago when I was 19. it showed up on my fingerprints the school district did. it was for shop lifting. I never went to court and I just paid a fine, and I never heard anything more about it now it has shown up on my...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    Short answer is yes. The school district is permitted to use whatever hiring factors it chooses.

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  • Can someone please give me full detail on what a detainer is?

    I have a friend who was arrested for violating probation. I don't know what exactly he did to do so but I do know the court issued a detainer against him. he's attended his f I rest hearing called a Gagnon 1 and he has the violation of probation h...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    A detainer is the way for alleged probation violator to be held in custody until a hearing is scheduled before the Judge who sentenced him. At the violation hearing, the Judge will decide if a violation did occur and what penalty should be imposed, if applicable.

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  • Trial Question

    I was found guilty of disorderly conduct in abstencia b/c I had to work. Is there a way that I can see the minutes or what was said at the hearing?

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    You should contact a lawyer immediately about filing a summary appeal of the conviction. If the case occurred in Montgomery County (based on your North Wales location), that would have to be done in Norristown within 30 days of the guilty verdict. If the appeal is filed correctly, you are granted a new trial. The result from the lower court would be vacated.

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  • My son is 17 he got busted with alcohol on him an a 4.5 breath test.

    first offense

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    What is a 4.5 breath test?

    I agree with Mr. Hyde. Hire a lawyer because your son clearly has some issues and needs the advice of competent professional.

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  • Can felony possession of child porn charges be reduced to misdemeanors?

    I plead guilty to 4 counts of child porn. I completed 5 years probation and theropy 2 years ago. It eas the only time I've ever broken the law. In Pa can I get my charges reduced?

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    You cannot have the grading of a charge changed after pleading guilty and serving your sentence.

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  • Pennsylvania Record Expungement / Correction. Disorderly conduct - SS 5503 A 1 (Engaged in Fighting).

    About ten years ago I was charged (rightfully) with disorderly conduct after a fight occurred outside of my residence, then ended up inside of my residence. I had no part in the fight. The actors had left and I guess the police had to charge someo...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    You should apply to have your record expunged. Under Pennsylvania law, you are entitled to petition for expungement of a summary offense if you have remained crime-free for 5 years after the incident. It sounds like that is the case based upon your description above. I would suggest contacting an experienced attorney to prepare the documents for you so that nothing is done incorrectly.

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  • Today a police detective left a message on my answering machine, not giving a reason why they want to contact me. Why is this?

    I tried calling the detective back, but he will not be back until Monday. I have not had any traffic violations, but I am thinking it has to do with a written complaint letter I had written to a manager at BP. I complained about the smoking at the...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    Hire a lawyer and have him call the detective to find out what is going on.

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  • Got a Misdemeanor 2 charge. Have a prior record.

    I was arrested for resisting arrest, drunk and disorderly and public intoxication. The resisting arrest got an M2 grade and the other ones got an S grade. 2 years ago I was arrested for retail theft and ended up getting an ARD. Because of my recor...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    There is fairly good chance for you to receive probation. I would make sense to hire a lawyer to protect your rights.

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  • I have a pending indentity theft charge since 2004. How long can it stay pending?

    N/a

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    You should contact a local criminal defense attorney right away to discuss the case. He needs to learn more about the circumstances before providing competent legal advice.

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  • How can my adult child who has a misdemeanor in Pennsylvania address her charges & court date if she is in Texas?

    Female - 21 years old Unable to get back to PA Charged with 35 780-113 A16 & A32 Grade M First time for an arrest Did not get the Summons

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    She needs to return to PA and then she can deal with the charges at that point. It can't be handled while she remains in Texas.

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