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Question regarding what I believe is a non-traffic summary

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Question regarding what I believe is a non-traffic summary offense in PA.
I was not arrested/photographed/fingerprinted at the time of the incident (incident being charged as a summary harassment).
One day after the incident, a police officer called me and said he was writing up the offense as a non-traffic summary offense (but mentioned it could have been a misdemeanor). Before we got off the phone, I confirmed with the office that he was writing a non-traffic summary offense and sending the citation to me to be paid (assuming I plead guilty).
Question: With the discussion I had, is there a chance I could receive a letter, informing me that this is a harassment misdemeanor?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 11 months ago.


Thank you for the information and your question. Yes, there is always a chance since the police do not make the ultimate charging decision, the Prosecuting Attorney for the State/County does. That said, the prosecutor rarely increases the charge level once received by police. It can happen though.

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Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 11 months ago.

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