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Pennsylvania Governor Celebrates Anniversary of Clean Slate Law

Earlier this summer, Governor Tom Wolf celebrated the one-year anniversary of Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law. With the occasion, the automatic sealing of some criminal records written into the legislation went into effect. Pennsylvania becomes the very first state to automatically seal certain eligible criminal records so that they do not affect a person’s chance for […]

Debate Continues Over Proper Usage of License Plate Readers in Pennsylvania

Local police departments across Pennsylvania use a special type of camera that automatically reads license plates. They have been a well-received tool in the world of law enforcement, but some elected officials believe additional regulation is necessary to ensure the data captured by these tools is not compromised. There are currently no state regulations for […]

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Executive Order Aimed at Reducing Gun Violence

In the wake of a highly publicized shootout involving police officers in Philadelphia, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order aimed at reducing gun violence in the state. There are five primary components of this order, which is the first of its kind in the United States at any level of government. Those components are […]

What Effect Can Criminal Records Have on Employment?

Criminal convictions are public record, as are some other types of criminal records. When you are applying for jobs, you can be certain that potential employers will dig through your history and conduct thorough background checks to look for any criminal history. What effect can you expect these records to have on your employment prospects? […]

When Can Police Search a Vehicle?

When you get pulled over by a police officer, it’s important that you know your rights so you can protect yourself from potential abuse. Part of this means knowing when officers can and cannot perform a search of your vehicle. Article 1, Section 8 of the Pennsylvania Constitution and the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. […]

Reading Sees Drop in Crime in First Quarter 2019

There’s good news from the Reading Police Department: the city saw a reduction in crime in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018. It was a 28 percent decline, marking a fairly significant improvement over the first several months of last year. Police officials praised the work of their officers […]

What Happens if You Do Not Show Up to a Court Date?

If you are charged with a crime or issued a citation, you may be required to attend a court appearance at least once. But what happens if you fail to attend your court date? Below are just a few examples of the potential actions the court may take against you in such a scenario: Bench […]

What are Your Miranda Rights?

When police officers make an arrest, they are required to read you your Miranda rights. The exact verbiage is as follows: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an […]

Important Tips for Dealing with Police Questioning

At some point, you may find yourself being questioned by law enforcement officers, such as local or state police, agents from the FBI or Department of Homeland Security or others. If this happens, it is important to know how best to deal with these questions and to understand your rights and responsibilities. Keep the following […]

Key Elements of an Evidence Tampering Charge

Tampering with evidence involves a person destroying, concealing or otherwise altering evidence related to a crime with the specific intent to influence the outcome of a criminal investigation or court proceeding. It may be any type of physical evidence, so long as there is a clear intent to interfere with an investigation. To defend against […]

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