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Henry S. Hilles

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  • At what time can an officer amend his probable case statement when his exact statement was an affidavit for arrest

    in his statement he claimed I was arrested for a public intox on the same night criminal mischief took place in the same area. I was infact cited 2 nights before the complaintant stated, in her sworn statement (also included on the probable cause ...

    Henry’s Answer

    I suggest that you call your assigned public defender and request to set up an appointment to discuss these issues. You will be unlikely to get a useful answer to such a detailed and involved question posted on a blog.

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  • Should I pay civil demand letter from walmart?

    I went shopping at walmart. I went to the self check out to pay for my items. One item didn't ring up. It was a $13 set of bottles. When LP stopped me as I was walking out of the store I was shocked! He took me to the back took some info my pic an...

    Henry’s Answer

    Many states have statutes that permit stores to make a civil demand on people accused of taking their merchandise without paying Walmart is probably unlikely to sue you for this amount of money but you could conceivably end up with a judgment against you or a future issue with your credit history. Sometimes these stores -- or the lawyers handling the claim -- agree to negotiate the amount so you could certainly give them a call and offer to pay less.

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  • ARD information

    If someone is in the ARD or ARC program for a first offence DUI are they required to attend a meeting or counseling every day in wilkes barre PA.

    Henry’s Answer

    You should make sure that you get an accurate answer to this question because a person may be removed from the ARD Program for failing to comply with all the terms and conditions. You should also be careful about general answers to your questions because not all ARD participants have identical terms and conditions. I suggest calling the probation department.

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  • I was charged with simple assault m3 for someone trying to assault me at my home.

    I am a paralegal who worked for a attorney in my town until his passing. I have a question that will blow your mind. A man posted on face book. Pictures of my house.Stating he was coming to my house to kick in my door and drag me outside and beat ...

    Henry’s Answer

    There is no question that you should hire a lawyer, preferably one who has experience in your county. Simply because the police may charge you does not mean that you will ultimately be convicted of any crime. It DOES mean that you will have to take steps (that is, hire a lawyer) to protect your options and defend your rights. From this point forward, I suggest you not post anything more on the internet -- you have to assume that the prosecutor and the complaining witness will read everything that you post which could conceivably hurt your case.

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  • Who should I send the letter I wrote about a specific case regarding sentencing guidelines?

    I wrote a letter regarding the drastically different sentences handed down for the same crime for two different defendants in Bucks County by two different judges and would like to know who I should send this letter to. Do I send it to the Presid...

    Henry’s Answer

    If you (or the aggrieved defendant or family member) would like a meaningful answer to your question, an attorney would likely need to become involved. If you send a letter to anyone you mentioned in your question it will likely be ignored (assuming it is even read). A lawyer could evaluate the two cases to determine whether there are legal or factual distinctions between them to warrant such disparate sentences. The lawyer may then have appropriate avenues to pursue if there is truly an injustice. It is important to note that, generally speaking, judges have great discretion when it comes to sentencing people who come before them. But there have been situations where sentences have been changed after-the-fact and a lawyer could advise whether there is any realistic hope for that in this case. Good luck.

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  • My son got a DUI in Briston PA. He passed all 3 field sobriety tests. Breathalizer= .102, bloodwork not back. What are options?

    he has 3 prior arrests for pot, none resulting in loss of license or jail time, only fines and court costs

    Henry’s Answer

    Your son will need to consult with an attorney. The DUI statute is complex enough that it is very difficult for a defendant to navigate himself through the system. Certainly the DA's Office, and the judge he ultimately ends up in front of, will be concerned about any substance abuse issues so your son should be honest and open about these issues as well with his lawyer. I wish you and him the best of luck.

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  • How can I fight this and should I try to fight this

    I recently got my 2nd DUI as a minor. The officer asked me if I knew why he pulled me over. I said no sir. He said " you were driving with your headlights off". Now the headlights on my truck are automatic. You physically/manually have to turn the...

    Henry’s Answer

    You absolutely need to consult with any attorney. It is important to understand that DUI penalties escalate with each additional DUI adjudication or conviction. You certainly want to thoroughly discuss any available defense issues because a second offense DUI could be problematic for you. Also, significantly, if you are convicted (or adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile) for this DUI and are arrested for another DUI in the future, that DUI could count as your third and subject you to a possible 1-year mandatory sentence in a state prison. Your juvenile judge will likely want to see that you are addressing any substance abuse issue so be sure to discuss that with you lawyer as well. Good luck.

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  • Caught shoplifting near $17 worth of items. No police were called just info taken what can happen?

    Stole about $17 worth of items ( not really sure why I had the money) no police were called I was just advised it would be best not to return which I agreed my info was taken and I was very cooperative, they told me they will not press charges but...

    Henry’s Answer

    Make sure that you do not pay anything to anybody without first hiring a lawyer. Sometimes police will issue a summons (almost like a traffic citation) which people pay in order to resolve the problem quickly. The problem is that this would technically be a guilty plea which people may be able to find later when running a background check. If you receive anything in the mail from the police or the local court, you should consult with an attorney.

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  • What is the average procedure costs for an appeal to reduce sentence of a federal white collar case

    my sister's had a financial corporation that dealt with life insurance and investments. Her husband had an affair and started to make misuse of clients funds, My sister helped him by trying to fix the problem to avoid the scandal, she divorced...

    Henry’s Answer

    If you truly want to pursue possible post-sentence options, you need to consult with federal appellate attorneys immediately. It is important to understand that there are strict time deadlines to file certain post-sentence motions or the avenue of appeal may be lost. You definitely want to meet with several lawyers who practice in this field so that you have a basis to determine who seems the most trustworthy, reasonable and knowledgable. Additionally, you likely want to ensure that any lawyer you hire has handled post-sentence matters in federal court on prior occasions. Good luck!

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  • Stopped by PA state police for speeding and suspected DUI. Was never given a citation or any paperwork.

    I was stopped for doing 85 in a 35 and crossing the yellow line. I performed the sobriety tests which I failed because my feet are extremely flat and that makes it very hard for me to balance, and my prescribed medications (taking for years) caus...

    Henry’s Answer

    Your case is surely on hold pending your lab test results. Typically, the police will send the blood to the lab and wait for the results before proceeding. If your blood alcohol level comes back higher than 0.80 percent, you will likely receive a criminal complaint in the mail with notification of your first hearing (the preliminary hearing). With respect to whether you should hire a lawyer now, you may want to consider doing so if you believe that your blood alcohol level is likely higher than 0.80 percent (it doesn't take many drinks to get to that level). Certainly you could begin the process of interviewing lawyers so that you are prepared to hire someone if it becomes necessary. Good luck.

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