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Category Archives: Criminal Defense

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 »

If You Provide Drugs to a Person Who Dies, You Face Homicide Charges

Under Pennsylvania law, “Drug Delivery Resulting in Death” (DDRD) is considered a homicide, carrying a potential prison sentence of 40 years — and higher if the victim is under 13. While the statute was aimed at drug dealers, anyone who provides another person with drugs — whether or not for profit — can be charged… Read More »

What Happens When a Night Out on the Town Turns into a Night in Jail?

Here’s a common scenario. You go out for a night of fun with your friends. One drink turns into three and three drinks turn into six. Before you know it, you are in an argument with someone at the bar. Push leads to shove, the police are called and the next thing you know you’re… Read More »

Can You Get a Marijuana DUI in Pennsylvania?

Medical marijuana is legal in the state of Pennsylvania but it is illegal to operate a vehicle under the influence of the drug, regardless of why you took it. According to Pennsylvania law, if your ability to drive safely is allegedly impaired due to marijuana use, you can be prosecuted for DUI. Pennsylvania applies a… Read More »

Public Intoxication Charges Can Damage Your College Prospects

College is a time for studying, self-discovery and, for many, parties. There’s no denying that alcohol consumption is a big part of the college experience for many young people. However, failure to safely or responsibly consume alcohol could damage your college prospects — and even your future career potential. Public intoxication is one of the… Read More »

How an Attorney Can Help Defend You Against Domestic Violence Charges

Domestic violence is a very serious criminal charge. In Pennsylvania, it can be either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the conduct of the alleged abuser and other factors, such as a person’s criminal record or history of domestic violence. In cases in Pennsylvania, courts will often issue protection when a family member or… Read More »

Get Assistance with a Gun Application to Avoid Accidentally Committing a Felony

According to Pennsylvania state gun law, the falsification of information on applications for gun permits is a third-degree crime that could result in criminal charges — including felony charges. In theory, this sounds like an easy issue to avoid: all you must do is fill out the information on the application clearly and accurately to… Read More »

The Benefits of Hiring an Experienced Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Attorney

If you’ve been accused of a crime and are searching for the right attorney to represent you, it’s important to prioritize experience. Having a reliable, practiced attorney throughout the entire criminal defense process can help keep you calm and collected, even during what is certain to be a stress-inducing experience. Too many times, we’ve seen… Read More »

Why Hire Your Own Attorney Instead of a Public Defender?

If you are arrested, you have a constitutional right to an attorney at public expense. However, even if you qualify for a public defender, it can be shortsighted to accept their services simply to save some money upfront. Because what you get from a private attorney is often the most important qualifier of all: experience…. Read More »