Interference With Custody of Children
Charges for Interference With Custody of Children in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Our criminal defense lawyers handles various domestic and custody related issues relating to children. We often see these cases come up when parents have a custody order in place and one parent violates it, allegedly. There are other scenarios where this type of charges comes up. Either way, you need to take the charges seriously. Technically, the mere violation of a custody order not only invites sanctions in the family courts, it can also trigger an “Amber Alert” and get you in some serious trouble.
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These kinds of charges are often utilized to help one parent, or stepparent, or grandparent get leverage over someone else. You need to learn your rights when charged with any crime. Our Pennsylvania attorneys handle the defense of Interference With Custody of Children charges in Pittsburgh and other Western Pennsylvania counties. Below please find links to the actual language of the Pennsylvania statutes governing:
• Interference With Custody of Children
• Sentencing and Penalties
Our lawyers are eager to help you defend against the above charge for Interference with Custody of Children in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, or Westmoreland Counties! Call our Western Pennsylvania criminal defense attorneys today for a free consultation.
Sentencing and Penalties
The Statute Governing the Penalties and Grading of the Crime of Interference with Custody of Children in Pennsylvania
Below you will find the actual text of the Pennsylvania statute governing the grading of the above crime. This was current as of July 2010. Our Pittsburgh criminal defense law firm is primarily in the business of fighting for defendants’ rights; we are not in the business of updating websites, but wanted to at least give you some information for educational purposes, only. You should talk to a lawyer for legal advice to fully learn your rights in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. Our Pittsburgh attorneys explain to you the grading, possible punishment, and all your options.
(c) GRADING. –The offense is a felony of the third degree unless:
(1) the actor, not being a parent or person in equivalent relation to the child, acted with knowledge that his conduct would cause serious alarm for the safety of the child, or in reckless disregard of a likelihood of causing such alarm. In such cases, the offense shall be a felony of the second degree; or
(2) the actor acted with good cause for a period of time not in excess of 24 hours; and
(i) the victim child is the subject of a valid order of custody issued by a court of this Commonwealth;
(ii) the actor has been given either partial custody or visitation rights under said order; and
(iii) the actor is a resident of this Commonwealth and does not remove the child from the Commonwealth.
In such cases, the offense shall be a misdemeanor of the second degree.
Know the penalties involved. Our lawyers are eager to help you defend against the above charge for Interference with Custody of Children in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, or Westmoreland Counties! Call our Western Pennsylvania criminal defense attorneys today for a free consultation.