I am in College, and the they have been pulling the fire alarm for the pass several weeks, I took a shower and had a summer tee shirt on and shorts washing clothes when the alarm went off. I ran up to get a sweat shirt when I was stop, I then went and got permission from my RA who said I could go up a get the sweat shirt. I was stopped by a public safety officer
who stated that I refused to leave the building, I told him it was cold and he could see I had no clothes on. I stood next to the RA's and refused do to the elements. What should I do? Fine $300.00 but with everything else $439.45, I really do have that type of funds.
Citations for disorderly conduct, as summary offenses, can be expunged from your record if you are crime-free in the five years following your conviction. The expungement process is not automatic, so you'll need to remember to contact an attorney to get it started five years from now.
That said, the situation you describe is egregious. If you have not already pleaded guilty, you should consider fighting the citation. You can certainly go to court on your own, but you should consider having an attorney come with you. The total fine may be $439.45 now, but that doesn't include the hidden costs–like paying an attorney and the court in five years to have the citation expunged.
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This sounds like a public safety officer is trying to flex some muscles. If this is still open, you may wish to challenge it. If that is too late, you will be able to get it expunged but you will have to wait a number of years. Feel free to call me if you have any questions.
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