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Mr. Ryan L Hyde

Mr. Ryan L Hyde

The Law Offices of Ryan L. Hyde
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence...
  • Pennsylvania
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Ryan Hyde is an experienced criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor. In addition to handling hundreds of DUI cases through all stages of trial Ryan served as a DUI ARD Coordinator and as one of lead attorneys on Economic Crimes, Arson Crimes and Special Investigations Unit. Ryan has investigated and prosecuted dozens of complex economic crime cases, including securities fraud, political corruption and arson. As the deputy district attorney, Ryan gained insight into methods used against those charged with a criminal offense. Now, as a criminal defense attorney, he continues to capitalize on this knowledge to counsel his clients through the legal process. Ryan is available to help you with your legal needs. Contact him at (484) 886 - 4271 if you need representation.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Domestic Violence
  • White Collar Crime
  • Family Law
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Professional Experience
Trial Attorney
Criminal Defense Attorney
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Zealously defend clients who have been charged with a crime in Chester, Montgomery, Delaware and Bucks County.
Deputy District Attorney
Bucks County District Attorney's Office
Federal Comercial Litigation
Villanova University School of Law
J.D. | law
Honors: Jessup International Oral Advocacy Competition
University of Arizona
University of Arizona
B.S. | Accounting & Finance
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Chester County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Montgomery County Bar Association
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Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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The Law Offices of Ryan L. Hyde
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310 Questions Answered

Q. If a minor hits and adult, Can the adult hit the minor as self defense?
A: Self defense does not mean you can hit someone who hit you. Self defense is a justification defense that requires a detailed factual analysis of the totality of the circumstances. Even if you do use force in self defense that force must be proportionate to the risk faced. Retaliatory hitting is not self defense and you can be found guilty. An assault on a minor is a serious offense.
Q. I have a preliminary hearing as a plantiff to sexual abuse charges against someone. What happens after the prelim, will
A: Ms. Hilbush is correct, unless your case is dismissed by the district court it will proceed to trial. The important thing to remember is even if your case is dismissed the Commonwealth can refile the charges. The preliminary hearing does not determine guilt merely whether or not there is sufficient evidence to hold over the charges. You should absolutely have an attorney. It sounds like you are facing serious charges and the Preliminary Hearing is an important part of the process that lets good attorneys begin to lay the foundation for defenses and trial strategies.
Q. I am being charged for criminal case. My wife has dismissed the case but police department has reopened. Can I go to j
A: I am writing to voice my agreement with Mr. Hall. You don't give enough information to really a formulate an answer to the question of can you get jail time. In short the answer is almost always yes, but most times it is unlikely. It is very important to understand that your wife, unless she is a judge or District Attorney, cannot just dismiss the charges. Once the case it is charged it is the Commonwealth vs. you not your wife vs. you. In cases like this legal representation is almost always going to net you a better result. Sit down with a lawyer, most do free consultations, and let them walk you through the process and help you formulate a plan to minimize the damage.
Q. What is dram shop liability and how can a bar be held responsible for the car accident of one of its drinking patrons?
A: Respectfully, this is not an easy question to answer. Dram Shop litigation is an area best explained by specialists. Essentially it is an advanced form of negligence where case and statute has held that drinking establishments can be held accountable for overserving clients. Your best bet would be to contact one of the local Dram Shop experts in your area. has a decent explanation.
Q. Will this retail theft charge hold up in court?
A: It could. They could be charging you under conspiracy or accomplice liability which would make your actions chargeable depending on what they were. If they found that you were assisting the person then you could be culpable for their actions. I have seen guilty verdicts on this type of case. The defense of a matter such as this is highly fact sensitive. you should consult with a local attorney to work on your defense if you have been charged.
Q. If some one has a license to carry in the state they reside, however, got caught in NJ how much time can they receive?
A: I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Hall's advice I just write separately to point out that New Jersey has very stringent gun laws (reference the Eagles player who was arrested). It is important that this person meet with a New Jersey attorney to see if there are defenses/ programs available to him.
Q. Don't the police need probable cause to pull you over for a DUI?
A: Either probable cause or reasonable suspicion of a violation of the vehicle code. The level depends in the alleged violation. If you have questions about the stop talk to a local attorney. There are literally hundreds of cases on this issue.
Q. Can I refuse to be fingerprinted in a summory case that I have not been found guilty of? I am in Pennsylvania.
A: Theft by Unlawful taking is not a summary charge. You can refuse but the judge can revoke your bail. If its a summary case its pretty rare that they issue a finger print order.
Q. How can public drunkenness be removed from public records
A: The answer depends on the status of the case. If you were convicted, after 5 years of crime free behavior you can have it expunged. If the charge is still pending you should talk to an attorney about negotiating it out. Often times the officer will reduce the charge or even remove it if you meet certain conditions. If the charge was reduced or dismissed you can apply for expungement.
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The Law Offices of Ryan L. Hyde
600 Eagleview Boulevard, Suite 300
Exton , PA 19341
Telephone: (484) 886-4271