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The Close-in-Age Exemption and Other Defenses to Statutory Rape

Sexual offenses are serious crimes. If convicted, the defendant faces heavy consequences such as lengthy prison sentences, heavy fines and lifelong registration as a sex offender. And when the victim Read More

Ruling Allows Police to Pull You Over if License Plate Obscured by Frame

Some police stops are nothing more than pretexts. You are pulled over for some minor traffic violation that allows the officers to find cause to search the car for evidence Read More

Fentanyl Trafficking Now a Priority for Pennsylvania Drug Enforcement

Fentanyl abuse is taking lives and devastating communities throughout the country. While this opioid is used for legitimate medical treatment (by prescription only), the illegal use of Fentanyl has increased Read More

Can Police Racial Profiling Be a Defense to Criminal Charges?

Racial profiling is one of the more insidious practices used by law enforcement. Police can legitimately fight crime using “criminal profiling” — that is, looking for suspects based on characteristics Read More

Johnny Depp Case Illustrates Unsettled Law on Recording Phone Calls

The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial, which occupied public attention for weeks, finally came to an end on June 1. While the public focused on the salacious details of the Read More

Perils Faced by Juveniles Charged with Sex Crimes

In Pennsylvania, the juvenile courts have jurisdiction over people under 18 years old who are suspected of criminal conduct. A minor who is determined to be a juvenile delinquent faces Read More

Do’s and Don’ts When Pulled Over for Suspected DUI

If police pull you over on the suspicion that you are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, they have the right to take certain actions as part of their Read More

Pot Smell Alone Doesn’t Give Police Probable Cause to Search for Marijuana

The distinctive odor of marijuana smoke or residue is a strong indicator of possession of the drug, whether on a person, in a vehicle or on physical premises. That odor Read More

Governor Vetoes Legalization of Concealed Carry Without a Permit

On December 2, 2021, Governor Tom Wolf vetoed a bill that would have allowed any resident of Pennsylvania to carry a concealed firearm without undergoing a background check or obtaining Read More

What You Need to Know About Pennsylvania Theft Crimes

Theft is generally defined as taking someone else’s property without their permission and with the intent to permanently deprive them of that property. In Pennsylvania, common forms of theft include Read More

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