Criminal Law Questions? Ask a Criminal Lawyer.
Hello. My name is***** and I have been an attorney for 26 years. I will help you with your quesitons.
I will need to ask you a few questions.
Are you still on probation? What are you on probation for? A felony, misdemeanor?
How do you know you missed a court date?
Did you move? Is that why the notice went to the wrong address?
What is the name of the court that you were supposed to report to in Pennsylvania?
How do you know you missed a date?
Have you spoken to your PO?
What exactly does it say in the newspaper?
What County in PA is the court in?
Do you still owe money? Is that why you needed to be in court?
Did you notify the court that you had a new address? If so, how did you give them that notice? Did they ever send anything to you at the new address? If so, do you still have it?
Is this a domestic relations case?
You need to contact your PO and tell him what happened. You is the one that can clear up the fact that he told you not to report. Also, he will have your new address on file and will be able to tell the court you gave him the new address
The PO should appear with you in court.
Decide on a day to meet your PO and go to the court together.
If everything you say is accurate, the court will vacate the warrant and you can pay your fees
You will then give the court your new address yourself
The PO has to make this right for you
You could go to her but I think it is important that you go with your PO. They can lock you up because of the bench warrant. You want to make sure you have that cleared.
The link I just sent you is a place you can look to see if you have a warrant in the computer system.
Do you have a payment plan with the court?
Were you supposed to pay by a certain date?
I understand. Are you able to pay anything now? You could make a payment before going back to court. You can do this by computer. Here is the link. That will show the judge good faith: https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/ePay/SubscribedCountyDetails.aspx?CountyName=Clearfield
As soon as you can, you need to pay something. You need to go to court also before you are picked up by the police on the bench warrant. If you get picked up by the police they will put you in jail until you can see the judge. The judge may decide to keep you in jail for a period of time if not satisfied that about why you did not come back to court.
You have to pay something. You also have to go to the court to clear the warrant and explain your circumstances. Ask for a payment plan and never miss a court date again.
Were you represented by an attorney in your case before your sentencing?
http://www.midpenn.org/ Here is a link to free legal services in Clearfield. You will have to meet some low income requirements for them to help you. You should contact them.
I am not sure but you need your PO to help you.
Contact the public defender to help you. This is still part of the case. Call them on Tuesday.
If you have that good of a record of following your probation and never violated the conditions, I think you will be ok. You need to get yourself to the court this week.
Do you have any documents of when you moved? If so, bring them to court.
Don't wait until you have all the money. Pay what you can this week. You can do that online. Then go to court and let them know when you will have the rest. Have your public defender represent you.
When was your last court date?
Was it before you moved?
I don't like the answer they gave you.
Is that the date you missed? If so, for the court date prior to that did the court tell you that you needed to come back to court on Dec 17th?
OK. I really would feel more comfortable for you if your PO or an attorney was with you when you returned to court. This needs to happen this week. Give me a minute to think
Contact the MidPenn Legal services lawyers I gave you in the link above. Call tomorrow. They may be in. If not, call Tuesday.
Here is the number to the Clearfield office. It is on Locust St: ***-***-****
If they can't help you you can ask them for another Pro Bono referral. Pro Bono means you don't have to pay,
Is there a law school near Clearfield? Sometimes they have free community clinics
That is why your PO should help you. The first step is to call the PO this week and ask for help
You have an excellent record. There is no reason why the PO would not want to help you.
You need to get this taken care of this week. Don't delay.
I think you can explain this to the court with the help of your PO.
Use your excellent record of appearing in court to explain that you would not purposely miss a court date.
There would be no reason to miss especially when you had maxed out.
I hope I am helping you with this information
It does suck. I think the court will take this into consideration. You have to explain it.
Call the number I gave you to the law office to see if they will go to court with you. Call the PO to see if he will go to court with you.
I understand you are afraid. Why would the judge put you in jail? Your excellent record is there. You have kids to provide for? It would not serve justice to put you in jail.
Be brave and face this. Keep your head and call the PO and the legal office I gave you.
You can also show you are productively working. You are doing all the right things.
I don't blame you for not trusting. You did all the right things for all the time you were on probation.
You have to keep your head
Can you borrow money from anyone to make the payment?
I am sure you have thought of doing that.
MidPenn Legal Services indicates they have other Pro Bono attorneys they work with as well. Please call this number tomorrow
You are going to get through this for you and your kids. Trust in your strength and ability.
Do you understand what you have to do to get through this?
The faster you deal with this the more likely you will not sit in jail. Make the contacts I told you this week. Pay something. Ask for a payment plan in court.
Worrying without taking action is not going to make the problem go away.
Your responsibility in taking care of this after seeing the notice in the paper will show the court you will continue to do the right thing.
If you had changed circumstances in finances, I think they will consider this. All they want to do is get paid. They won't get paid if they put you in jail
Do you have any credit cards to make the payments?
The court will take credit card payments
https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/ePay/Default.aspx Here is the link to ePay by credit card
I hope I have helped give you some strategies and resources. If you need to follow up with questions tomorrow or the next day please do so. If you are satisfied with my help I ask that you rate me. I will be online tonight if you think of more questions. I wish you luck with everything!
Yes they can. That's why I want to try to arrange this through an attorney and your PO. I want it to be timed right so you don't get held or only held a brief time.