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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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318 Questions Answered

Q. i pleaded guilty to first time DUI but was told i wouldn't loose my license at sentencing now pen dot is trying to take
A: Unfortunately what you were told by the court doesn't matter. The court doesn't decide suspensions PennDot does. It happens more often than people think that they are poorly advised. What did your attorney tell you when you were sentenced? Your first and best place to start is with the attorney who was with you when you pleaded guilty. If you didn't have an attorney, this is why we tell people to hire attorneys, you could request the paperwork at the clerk of courts of the county where you entered the plea. Theoretically you could then challenge PennDot on the suspension. These things have time limits so you need to work fast. Talk to a local attorney who has experience dealing with PennDot matters, they will be able to assist you in the appropriate filings.
Q. Carrying a firearm without a liscense
A: You don't ask a question here but it can be inferred you are asking what are the potential outcomes. THe challenge of answering a question like that without a thorough intake is who knows. A lot would depend on your prior criminal history and what the actual charges are. More importantly county specific knowledge would be invaluable as different counties handle this type of case differently. The only good way to answer your question is to tell you to take the time to consult with an attorney local to where the complaint is filed. They can walk you through the specifics in a confidential fashion. Importantly, posting facts on the internet is bad policy as anyone, including police officers, can read this information and later use it against you. Talk to someone local, most if not all will offer a free consultation and may be able to help you resolve this case without a conviction.
Q. can I fight a pending DUI that the police didn't observe me driving and don't know when I ingested the drugs?
A: Can you fight it? Sure. PA has a pretty tough DUI law. However, they do have to prove that you were under the influence when you were driving. Their observations are unimportant as if they can say you were impaired when you driving through third party testimony they can still convict you. There are ways of doing that but it is still a triable case. You should consult with a local experienced DUI attorney. They will have more experience in these types of defenses and trial experience matters. The presentation of evidence can be the difference in a win or a loss in this type of case. You have a good defense, hire an expert to present it for the best outcome.
Q. How long can your probation officer keep a detaner on someone
A: There is nowhere near enough information to answer this question. I realize that is not what you want to hear but some questions require specifics to answer. There is no real legal limit to the detainer if it is lodged for pending charges. Usually the court will allow the detainer to span the duration of the criminal proceedings. I say usually because there are instances where I have been able to get a judge to set bail on the detainer. Some counties will do this, some counties won't. The only way to get a meaningful answer to your question is to talk to local counsel. They will know the specifics of how that court handles probation matters. More importantly, they will be able to tell you if there are ways to get a person out pending the hearing.
Q. Will I go to jail for a first time misdemeanor theft? And could I win a case representing myself?
A: There is a lot of distance between where you stand and jail. I agree with Mr. Hall that a public defender is the best route. The challenge is you may be eligible for diversion programs which would leave you without a record. Bucks County has a number of such programs. Importantly, you may have defenses. The key to good representation is presenting those defenses at the right time and in the right place. When your future and freedom are at stake you would be surprised how affordable attorneys really are. Can you represent yourself, sure. But as you yourself state you don't have a lot of experience with the law. District Attorneys do. Explore getting yourself an attorney or applying for the public defender. It sounds like your freedom is very valuable.
Q. a felon with a stolen tampered with firearm found in their car, without fingerprints, will they be convicted?
A: WIthout discovery the "will I be convicted" question is almost impossible to answer. Finding a firearm in a vehicle under the sole control of a convicted felon is certainly not good. But there are a whole host of issues that could be relevant to the disposition of the case. More troubling is that if you are on State Probation they can violate on a much lower standard that proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Internet help is not what you need. You need an experienced local attorney to go through the discovery with you and try to determine the best course of action. There may very well be defenses that you are missing.
Q. What would the pentalty be looking like? Pennsylvania.
A: There is not enough information to tell you what the penalty would look like because sentencing decisions are personal to the defendant. That being said there are some pretty serious things on this information. The most alarming is buried down deep is a third offense DUI. DUIs in general carry mandatory jail time. A first offense for the highest tier has a mandatory 1 year license suspension and 72 hours in jail. Based on what is presented jail is a very likely possibility. You should consult with a local attorney to best determine how to minimize the damage. If its a third offense you are looking at substantial jail time.
Q. I was charge with DUI and reckless driving, turn signal light out. When to court the Judge withdrew the DUI charges
A: Double jeopardy is the concept that you cant be tried twice for the same charge. This means that when you win a trial the CW cant retry you for the same thing. As always, there are exceptions. Your situation does not appear in anyway to be jeopardy related. Your aituation is confuaing but it seems like maybe you refused chemical testing in the DUI, which leads to a 1 year suspension, even if you arent convicted. When things are confusing the best thing to do is talk to an expert. Contact a local defense attorney. You would be amazed how much confusiom can be cleared up in half an hour. More importantly they may be able yo help you avoid some of these suspensions.
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.
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