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Category Archives: Criminal Defense

What Does the Law Say About Juvenile Weapons Possession?

Every state in the nation has its own set of limitations with regard to the right to purchase, own and possess weapons. There are particularly strong limitations with regard to juvenile weapons possession. In some cases, juvenile who illegally possesses weapons may be charged and tried as an adult. Below are some issues to consider […]

What Happens if a Person Violates Parole?

A prisoner released on parole must comply with certain conditions geared toward his or her complete rehabilitation. This includes regular meetings with a parole officer, refraining from interacting with criminals and gangs, maintaining steady employment, abiding by travel restrictions and curfews and other similar conditions. A violation of parole conditions can result in the parolee […]

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 […]

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