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Andrea E. Mertz

Reading Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. FBI Jurisdiction question ?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Andrea E. Mertz
    2. Alexander Joseph Segal
    3. Robert C. Keller
    4. William A. Jones Jr.
    5. Anthony Michael Solis
    5 lawyer answers

    This appears to be a complicated and fact-specific case. Therefore, without more facts, the questions you ask are hard to answer. Find a criminal defense lawyer who represents clients in your area and explain to that lawyer all facts. Perhaps finding an attorney who represents individuals in federal court in criminal actions is the best for you.

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  2. I still have a dui pending its been three yrs this mth can i go for the statue of limitaions since its been three years.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Andrea E. Mertz
    2. Laurence Charles Kress
    3. Steven Fisher Fairlie
    4. Michael Lawrence Doyle
    5. Steve Edward Jarmon Jr.
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    Probably not. The statute of limitations refers to the time period the Commonwealth has to file a charge. Your question should be is there a "Rule 600" (i.e. speedy trial) violation? Rule 600 provides that the defendant must be brought to trial within a year of the charge (assuming you are out of custody). However, there may be days that are excluded from the one year because you or your attorney asking for continuances or pretrial hearings, or your admission into a preadjudication program...

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  3. What is the difference?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert C. Keller
    2. Andrea E. Mertz
    3. Christopher Irvin Simser
    4. Michael A. Berman
    5. Lidia L. Alperovich
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    Many criminal defense attorneys are well established traffic court attorneys. Find someone with experience in the jurisdictiion in which the alleged offense occured.

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  4. Can i be convicted of a crime with out physical evidence to support it?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Daniel M. Myshin
    2. Philip M. Masorti
    3. Andrea E. Mertz
    4. Alan Sanders Richard
    5. Roy Lee Galloway III
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    The short answer is yes you can be convicted. However, the abscense of physical evidence will help you prevail if presented properly preventing a conviction.

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  5. What should I do, given this specific situation? Also what will most likely be the punishment of this offense?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. William A. Jones Jr.
    2. Andrea E. Mertz
    3. Michael R Varble, Esq.
    4. Thomas J. Wagner
    5. Frank Mascagni III
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    A conviction for underage drinking will affect your teaching career. Hire counsel. Plead not guilty. The magistrate judge may be able to accept you into a special program which if completed may end in no conviction on your record. Do whatever you can to avoid a conviction. Again, hire counsel.

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  6. Do i need to hire a lawyer to get enrolled in the ARD program in PA after DUI (first offense)? Or will I automatically be enroll

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. L. Kenneth Chotiner
    2. Andrea E. Mertz
    3. Robert C. Keller
    4. Michael Lawrence Doyle
    5. Anthony Michael Solis
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    You will not automatically be enrolled in ARD. You will have to tell the MDJ at the preliminary hearing what you want to do with the case. Then a couple months later, you will be in court. It is always best to hire an attorney to guide you through the process. Also, an attorney will review the documents to see if ARD is your best option and, if so, what the consequences will be if you are accepted into the ARD program. Andrea Mertz, Reading, Berks County 610-898-8500

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  7. I am on probation for a misdemeanor and got a dui. If I move 5 states away will they look for me and will Ga police detain me

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert C. Keller
    2. Andrea E. Mertz
    3. Stewart C Crawford Jr.
    4. William A. Jones Jr.
    5. W. Wayne Punshon
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    Failing to appear will get you a bench warrant. ARD most likely will be withdrawn and a bench warrant issued if you don't appear for the ARD hearing. If you are arrested, even for a minor arrest,the police most likely Will see the detAimee and put you in jail until pa comes to get you after the extradition hearing. I suggest you hire counsel in Pa and deal with your issues up hear.

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  8. I want to know if my brother will be arrested and sent to jail for a First time DUI or if he will be charged with just a fine.

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Andrea E. Mertz
    2. Jeffrey Andrew Rowe
    3. Robert C. Keller
    4. Robert Patrick Link
    5. Mark Copoulos
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    I practice in Reading, PA (Berks County). I can tell you that there is a program called ARD that MAY be available to him. ARD is for first time offenders. ARD includes, among other things, highway safety classes, a drug and alcohol intake, fines, license suspension and court costs. However, if he applies and is accepted to the ARD program, and completes it successfully, then his record for this offense will be expunged and he will never have to say he was convicted of this DUI.

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  9. Was told one story of case prior to trial and signage of any paper-work. Then after the completion of my probation another.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Andrea E. Mertz
    2. William A. Jones Jr.
    3. Wade Jonathan Skalsky
    4. Ethan Patrick Meaney
    5. W. Wayne Punshon
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    Please repost this with a specific question.

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  10. Got a DUI in New Jersey about 25 years ago and did the classes in Pennsylvania to satisfy New Jersey. Recently got a DUI in

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Lidia L. Alperovich
    2. Michael Harris Fienman
    3. Michael Lawrence Doyle
    4. Andrea E. Mertz
    5. Aman M. Barber III
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    Contact a defense attorney in Allentown who is familiar with the DAs in lehigh county. Someone like that will be able to answer the question from a stand point of experience in that county.

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