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  • I recently got a DUI with a .10 Police got a call of a "possible" intoxicated driver, by my disgruntled ex.

    I would like to know how to properly defend myself in this case and how I can help my circumstances. Is his call enough to be arrested? What do police look for before giving you a breathalyzer?

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    You should contact a lawyer right away. Many of us offer a free initial consultations and payment plans for legal fees. The officer must demonstrate more evidence than simply a tip from an anonymous caller in order to arrest for a DUI.

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  • What might I be looking at for 2 Charges Felony Forgery and Misdemeanor Forgery of an altered date on a Narcotic Prescription.

    I'm a first time offender with no criminal history. I'm in my mid 40's with a history of addiction but currently involved in Suboxone program. Was released on unsecured bail with judge aware of my participation in the Suboxone program and ordered...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    You could be facing jail time for the felony charge. Talk to your PD about the case in more detail so you can achieve the best possible outcome.

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  • Will my boyfriend go back to jail for a parole violation?

    My boyfriend was released from the Allegheny County Jail last November on parole after taking a plea deal and serving his minimum amount of his sentence. A few days ago he got pulled over while driving a car he was supposed to buy from a friend, t...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    It is very likely your boyfriend is headed back to jail. Almost every probation officer will violate a person if they are arrested for a new criminal offense.

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  • My girlfriend is being held in mont co prison for giving a hot urine while on probation. How long can they hold her?

    She is on 1 year of section 17 probation for simple possession. This was her first arrest. Since the simple possession charge doesn't really carry any jail time how long can they hold her?

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    Technically, she could be held for the statutory maximum of 1 year. Realistically, the probation department maybe using what they call "shock incarceration". She is put in jail for a few days to scare her and then they bring her back out to continue on probation. She might be removed from section 17.

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  • I have been convicted of criminal possession intent to deliver in PA with a New York driver license. Do I hire pa or ny attorney

    Pled guilty and did 5 months in jail. At court no mention of driver license suspension was mentioned I guess it automatic in PA with a drug charge. I got a letter from PA saying my privileges were suspended so I filled out the from and sent it in....

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    It sounds like you need a NY lawyer to handle the drivers license issue because it is the state where you are licensed. I can say you are not entitled to credit toward a suspension while incarcerated under PA law

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  • Am I able to get this expunged? Likelihood? Alternatives? ARD? You can review the case online Docket is CP-11-CR-0000381-2012

    My son is five years old. I have had full custody since he was 2 years old. His mother has not seen him since he turned 1. I am engaged and me and my fiancé purchased a home here in New Brighton, PA. She is a English teacher in the Pittsburgh regi...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    I just reviewed your docket. You are not able to get this criminal conviction expunged. ARD is a program that you would have had to applied for and been accepted into as an alternative to pleading guilty. I don't believe you would have been accepted into the program based on the charges. Unfortunately, you are stuck with charges on your record.

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  • When/if a prosecuting lawyer does not give a closing argument; is it illegal for the defense lawyer to give a closing argument.

    I've heard several times if the prosecution doesn't give a closing then the defense will not be allowed to give one either.

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    It is perfectly permissible. I've never seen a prosecutor waive his closing argument.

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  • What happens if I get caught with an 1/8 of weed on a bail binds what should I do

    I've been on bail for close then I year and I was just driving home with a couple of friends and I had an 1/8 of weed in me

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Hyde. The DA's office will likely file a motion to revoke/increase your bail on the first case. You should let your attorney know about the situation right away.

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  • What can I do to have my boyfriend be able to live with me again?

    Last Tuesday there was an incident between my fiancé and myself at our apartment. He is currently on parole for a drug related offense. I am not on parole, was never on any kind of drug, and I was never involved with the law before. The incident w...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    Not too much you can do. You made allegations against him and the PO is reacting to what you did. Tough lesson to learn that you shouldn't play games when it comes to a real life situation.

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  • If I held a 9mm up by the window as I drove past someone not pointing it at them can I be charged

    I was driving and a guy cut me off with my pregnant wife in the car then started to flip me off and wave an just be rude so I passed him in passing zine an drove ahead and wen we got to one light he kept doing stuff to agitate me an wen we came to...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    It sounds like the police charged you with terroristic threats. The post is difficult to understand. You should mix in some punctuation.

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