Yes, I know I need a lawyer
November 11, 2012 7:53 AM Subscribe
My niece is incarcerated in Lancaster County PA, and I'm trying to get her help from NY. Can you help with lawyer recommendations, or PA programs, or any knowledge of the PA criminal system?
posted by anonymous to law & government (5 answers total)
Niece was arrested/convicted for DUI some years ago. She went to one of the classes, didn't pay any of the fines, didn't contact her parole officer for over a year. Recently, she was in the car with a friend, and the friend was pulled over, and they ran her name as well, and found out all about this. She's been in jail since October 31st, we just found out via another family member on Facebook.
Yes, husband & I know, she's made mistakes. Not everything can be easily fixed. Unfortunately, she's had a bit of a rough life, depressed, and not helping herself at the moment. Obviously, this isn't going to help matters. What can we do, to help her out, what resources are available, how can we help find her an attorney or a program to get her on the right foot while we are five hours away? I want to make sure that our interests are protected as well; I'm not heartless, but I'm afraid if I pay bail or some other restitution, I may be on the hook (rest of bail?) if she doesn't complete the sentence, or skips classes again (nope, I am not that knowledgeable about restitution beyond the idea that if someone skips bail, the full amount is coming from someone). Would an attorney be able to keep her interests and my interests separate, where she gets what is best for her, and I'm not on the hook beyond lawyer fees? Is there a "prison guidance counselor" system that we can help get her started in?
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