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Please review the Bad Checks Statute before filing your complaint.
§4105 Bad Checks
There are times when these situations may rise to the level of criminal actions. If the individual took your money and never intended to perform any work of if the individual was deceptive in his business practices, criminal charges may be appropriate. If you believe your situation may rise to the level of criminal actions, you should report the event to your local police department for their review.
AFTER BUSINESS HOURS: To obtain a PFA after 4:30 p.m. on a business day, on the weekend, or on a day in which the Chester County Courthouse is closed, the victim must go to the on-call district justice for an Emergency PFA. The victim should call his or her local police department to find out who is the district justice on-call. The Emergency PFA is only valid through the close of the next business day. For example, if a victim obtains an Emergency PFA on a Friday evening, that PFA is only valid through Monday at 4:30 p.m.
ASSISTANCE: The Chester County Crime Victims’ Center and the Chester County Domestic Violence Center are available to assist victims filing a PFA Petition and for court accompaniment.
The Chester County Crime Victims’ Center may be reached twenty-four hours a day at 610-692-7420.
The Chester County Domestic Violence Center may be reached at 610-431-1431, Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
If criminal charges have already been filed in your case and you are concerned about the delay between arrest and court proceedings, call the District Attorney’s Office and ask to speak to the Assistant District Attorney who is assigned to your case.
If you are only seeking to file a criminal summary offense charge against someone, the District Justice Office may process your private criminal complaint and you do not need the approval of the District Attorney’s Office. The most common summary offense charges are Harassment and Disorderly Conduct.
The criminal statutes defining each of these crimes appear by clicking these buttons:
§5503 Disorderly Conduct §2709 Harassment & Stalking
§9122 Expungement If you were convicted of a crime as an adult (age 18 or over), under most circumstances, the record of your conviction may not be expunged.
Different rules apply if you were convicted (adjudicated) in the juvenile justice system:
§9123 Juvenile Records However, you may apply for a pardon with the Board of Pardons, their website explains how to apply for a pardon http://sites.state.pa.us/PA_Exec/BOP/.