Debra Denise Rainey’s Answers

Debra Denise Rainey

Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Can my landlord tell me i can't use the attic as a bedroom

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Arkady Rayz
    2. Debra Denise Rainey
    3. Scott J. Corwin
    3 lawyer answers

    Although, I agree with my colleague, if however, there is no mention in the lease of the attic and you are not prohibited from accessing that area, there is no reason you should not be able to use the attic. Double check all fine print in the lease. In most instances it is easier to get forgiveness than permission. But if you have received any written or even verbal prohibitions from your landlord not to use the attic then don't use the attic!

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  2. My friend got robbed for his drugs and lied to the cops and told them he was rob for money. will charges stick??

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Debra Denise Rainey
    2. Michael Lawrence Doyle
    3. Brian M. Fishman
    4. Robert Amadeo Mancini
    4 lawyer answers

    If you are asking if the charges will stick to the person arrested for taking your friends money/(drugs), I can say that at the preliminary hearing stage so long as the judge buys your friend's story that he had personal property taken, the person arrested will probably have to go to trial and defend against the charges. At trial that is an entirely different ball-game, your friend will no doubt face rigorous cross-examination by defense counsel and if your friend has any convictions for theft...

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  3. How long will it take for ARD probation to be expunged in Erie, PA?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Debra Denise Rainey
    2. Brian Christopher Jordan
    2 lawyer answers

    The way ARD should work is so long as you complete all that you were required to complete, the charges should be dismissed and you should be able to file the petition to expunge right away. However, having said that keep in mind that the ARD program is one under Pennsylvania law that is sort of directed by or the responsibility of the District Attorney's office. What I mean by this is no one is permitted to enter the ARD program without the consent of the District Attorney, so it stands...

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  4. Is it legal for the police to watch a bar and pull over someone who just came out?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Eric M. Mark
    2. Yolanda Navarrete
    3. Benjamin G Kelsen
    4. Debra Denise Rainey
    5. Mark M Cheser
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    I concur with my colleagues and offer that the police may not merely sit outside of a bar and pull your car over, absent some justifiable reason for doing so. If your headlight is out, or you fail to come to a complete stop or commit some other traffic offense then yes that gives the police a legitimate reason to pull you over. If you are leaving a bar and know you have to much to drink don't risk an arrest, call a cab or a friend. If you are arrested do no give any statements or admit to...

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  5. Can i affect the amount of child support my daughter is getting if i appeal again bcuz her parent is making more money??

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Debra Denise Rainey
    2. Elaine Smith
    2 lawyer answers

    Yes, you can file a petition to increase the child support by filing a Petition to Modify Child Support. However keep in mind that the Law requires the Judge not only to consider your financial needs and those of your child but also the father's ability to pay any increase, based on his financial situation. Also keep in mind the father would have the right to respond to any petition you file. If I can be of further assistance feel free to email me, Debra@DebraRaineyLaw.com

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  6. I am a pro se litigant, i am 19 years old. How i can get my son back, if the grandmother perjurized abuse and neglect?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Debra Denise Rainey
    1 lawyer answer

    It sounds like you need to hire an attorney, if you can't afford one reach out to Community Legal Services, there is an office on Temple's Campus as well as the main office at 15th and Chestnut. You should have had or have access to evidence to dispute or challenge your mother-in-law's claims that you abuse alcohol and narcotics, and have a mental health issue. Get a doctor or therapist who has examined you or who has evaluated you to write a letter to the Judge who issued the Custody...

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  7. How does the DUI laws apply if you are a passenger in your car and a 15yr old is driving and you are both intoxicated?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Adam D. Zucker
    2. Debra Denise Rainey
    3. James W. Zerillo
    4. James J White
    4 lawyer answers

    I concur with both answers given so far by my colleagues, let me add this, If the 15 year old was being supervised by you or you can be in someway held responsible for the 15 year old's well-being, although you can't be charged with DUI, you face other criminal charges. Several criminal charges spring to mind, like Endangering the Welfare of a Child,(by allowing the 15 year old to drive under the influence), Corrupting the Morals of a Minor,(similar to the other charge above) Recklessly...

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  8. What are the Penalties in PA for risking a catastrope and reckless endangerment & what are the actions given by board of pharmac

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Robert C. Keller
    2. Debra Denise Rainey
    2 lawyer answers

    Both crimes you mention are very seroius and you should not attempt to deal with these charges on your own. If you have been charged you should retain a criminal attorney immediatley. As for the Pharmacy Board, and their acitons much will depend on the nature of the allegations, your prior transgressions if any, as well as the outcome of the criminal matter.

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  9. Will I be arrested?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Robert C. Keller
    2. Debra Denise Rainey
    3. Michael Kotik
    3 lawyer answers

    My first question is did the officer tell you the phone call was a friendly call or a warning? If a warning then your girlfreind must have made some manner of allegations against you and the officer under the law , decided there was insufficent information for issuance of an arrest warrant or citation. So the next question is was the officer a friend of your ex-girl friend or more, using his positon to perhpas bully you? Be careful, no matter the reason, obviously your ex does not want to...

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  10. What happens if I have a separation agreement, ex spouse will pay half of the bills, and he doesnt do it

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Debra Denise Rainey
    1 lawyer answer

    First I must inquire as to what sort of Separation Agreement you have, meaning is the agreement one that was filed and endorsed by a Family Court Judge, or is it one that you and your ex agreed to on your own without court intervention? If the agreement was endorsed by a Family Court Judge and made a part of a court order,you can file a Petition in Family Court for contempt alleging that your ex is in violation of the Court's order. You will be given a hearing date and the ex will also be...

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