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Author Archives: Matthew R. Zatko

Drop in Car Crashes, Spike in Bicycle Accidents Linked to Coronavirus

Once Americans came to understand how deadly the coronavirus can be and how easily it is passed from person to person, transportation habits changed. Not only did people drastically curtail business and personal travel, but many stopped going to their workplaces. That has led to a reduction in car accidents at the same time that… Read More »

Digital Sex Crimes: How Texts and Posts Can Get You into Trouble

While it’s not breaking news that people are on their phones nonstop these days, it may be news to many that there’s a chance the texts and images they send to friends or share in social media violate federal and state obscenity laws. That’s why it’s important to know the potential consequences of your electronic… Read More »

What Happens When Cops Search Your Vehicle?

If you’re pulled over by police during a traffic stop, you’re likely to feel fear and anxiety, even if you believe you’ve done nothing wrong. You may wonder why you were stopped, and if an officer asks to search your vehicle, you may question whether police have a right to do that. It’s important to… Read More »

Understanding Adoption and Guardianship: Who Steps In When Birth Parents Cannot Care for Children?

When birth parents are unable to take care of their children, a qualified individual can be appointed as legal guardian or adoptive parent. Under Pennsylvania law, there are major differences between guardianship and adoption, mainly to do with permanency and the rights of a guardian and the child under their care. The child’s health and… Read More »

How Does a Criminal Record Affect Your Future?

Arrests and criminal charges, even if they did not result in a sentencing or jail time, can lead to unpleasant repercussions. Your job prospects, housing and even child custody can be negatively affected if you have a criminal record. That’s why it is critical to have an experienced defense attorney to represent you if you’re… Read More »

The Importance of Wills and Advance Directives

Your will gives you the chance to specify how your assets will be distributed, and to whom, following your death. But wills aren’t the only important element in a comprehensive estate plan. Advance directives such as living wills and powers of attorney can also give you control over medical and financial decisions during your lifetime… Read More »

What Infractions Can Lead to Commercial Driver’s License Suspension?

If your job requires you to drive a school bus, an eighteen-wheeler, hazardous material transport, or any vehicle or combination of vehicles that total 26,001 pounds or more, you are required to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). CDLs are required for many jobs, so suspension of a CDL — whether temporary or permanent —… Read More »

Understanding Pennsylvania’s Marijuana Laws

Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law in 2016. That means certain people can legally purchase and consume marijuana for medicinal use, but it is still illegal for recreational use, while driving and for purchase or sale outside of an approved dispensary. When is marijuana legal under Pennsylvania law? The Medical Marijuana Program allows… Read More »

What Happens If You Violate Your Probation?

In Pennsylvania, judges have wide latitude in setting the terms of probation, a period of correctional supervision that serves as an alternative to incarceration. It is similar to parole, which is supervision after release from jail or prison. In both cases, violation of the terms and conditions can land the individual in jail. This happens… Read More »

Why Hire a Local Criminal Defense Attorney?

When you are facing criminal charges, you are best served by a criminal defense attorney familiar with the local court system and its judges and procedures. Local attorneys not only have valuable inside knowledge but are also known to police, prosecutors and judges in the vicinity. They also are members of your community with reputations… Read More »