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  • Will my friend get jail time or what will their punishment be

    hello a friend of mine got caught at a store stealing items that valued at about 300 he confessed to the crime and wrote a statement they has no record and is waiting on a court date i believe in the judges chambers do to think my friend will go t...

    Eric’s Answer

    If they have no record as you say, they may be eligible for the ARD program, which would mean no jail and no record. The charges get dismissed after a period of probation.

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  • Help please

    hello yes i recently signed a bail bond contract to help some one get out of jail on bail and they needed up running away so they are on the most wanted list in our county .. does this effect me traveling on vacation out of the country with my fam...

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    The concern for you is a financial one.

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  • What will happen to me if I turn myself in for this sort of crime?

    I live in Reading, PA. And yesterday morning, there was a search warrant on me. They seized my computer tower and a few more items because I violated Title 18 6312 (Sexual Abuse of Children). I didn't molest anybody, but I downloaded child porn fo...

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    If you qualify, the Berks County Public Defender's Office does pre-arrest representation and can advise you on what to do.

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  • Just got approved for ARD program.

    It says that I have to do 40 hrs of community service. Would my lawyer be able to get them to lower the amount of hours?

    Eric’s Answer

    If this is a Lancaster County DUI ARD, the community sevice hours have been established by the DAs office as a condition of your ARD. These are the same for everybody based upon your BAC. It is unlikely they would be reduced.

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  • Married in MA, living in WA and wife in PA, we are getting a divorce, where do we file?

    Where do we file the paperwork? I want to get all paper work for her ready and she wants to be the one actually filing for divorce.

    Eric’s Answer

    You can file where either party is a resident. If either living situation is recent or temporay , jurisdiction may not be established for that place yet.

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  • Im in need of a lawyer to get ARD & it's my first offense want opinions

    my first offense and I was charged with possession of marijuana and I got two offenses for switching seats with my boyfriend after we got pulled over for my tinted windows. We were never read our rights and nerve got told why we were being stopped...

    Eric’s Answer

    Contact a local attorney who can discuss your options. From the information presented you are most likely eligible.

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  • I was caught shoplifting and the said amount was $126. I am an education major is there anyway an ARD Program would be offered?

    I have no idea what actions to take at this point. Ive been told multiple things. Shall i plead not guilty in order to have a case hearing in which the man of the store mentioned working out community service. Im very curious about this ARD progra...

    Eric’s Answer

    You should definitely consult an attorney. Some District Judges in Lancaster will allow for a disposition that can avoid a conviction. Especially where the victim agrees

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  • Trying to file divorce papers..

    My wife and i are trying to file for divorce. Law requires us to be residents for 6 months before we can do so. We are originally from PA, but we lived in NC from April 2013 to Dec 2013, Tho we never formally changed our residency, or our address...

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    You should talk more in depth with an attorney about the specifics of the situation. Residency is not necessarily where you live. If you maintained connections in PA and lived here prior and after you may be alright. The courts look to where you intend your residence to be. If NC was always meant to be temporary you may be okay.

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  • I did a boot camp program for felony drug conviction can I go back in front of the judge for sentence reduction

    I had a misdemeanor that got me special probation after my parole. I'm almost off parole and wanted to forgo probation because it's interfering with my profession

    Eric’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. Because this was a State Sentence (why it is "special" probation) the Judge doesn't not have jurisdiction and I don't believe he would be able to terminate your probation early.

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  • How does OGS get calculated?

    My girlfriend has 3 pending criminal charges, all felonies, their separate gravity scores are 5, 3, and 3. Do these get added together to determine sentencing, or will they just use the highest score (5)? I've seen the sentencing matrix, just need...

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    Her OGS is what it is for each charge separately, unless they are lesser included offenses (meaning she would only be semtenced on the highest charge as the lesser charges are included in the higher charge). Because her sentences can be run consecutively on each charge you have to look at them individually. Alot depends on if she will have the charges run consecutively (one aftert he other) or concurrently (together)

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