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Pennsylvania to End Mandatory License Suspensions for Some Crimes

The Pennsylvania State Legislature recently passed House Bill 163, which will eliminate mandatory driver’s license suspensions in cases involving drug crimes that were not related to driving. The state had been one of only about a dozen left that would implement mandatory driver’s license suspensions in cases that had nothing to do with operating a […]

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Bill to Change Definition of Crime Victim

The most recent session of the Pennsylvania state legislature featured some contentious debates over various pieces of legislation and issues. Perhaps the most important development of the session was the passage of Senate Bill 897. The new law expands the definition of a victim of a crime to include nonprofit organizations, businesses and other entities. […]

Why You Need a Lawyer When Facing Criminal Charges

In almost any circumstance in which you have been charged with a crime, it is in your best interest to retain an attorney. This is especially true if you could face harsh penalties like prison or jail time or significant fines. It is extremely difficult for the average person to competently handle his or her […]

The Various Types of Misdemeanors

Misdemeanors are “lesser” crimes, typically punishable by a fine, probation, community service, court supervision and/or up to 5 years in jail (or any combination of these penalties). Although misdemeanors may be classified into several degrees depending on their severity, they may also be grouped into several categories depending on the nature of the crime. The […]

Philadelphia Study Shows Repairing Vacant Houses Reduces Crime

A team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania recently looked at data from the Philadelphia police department and its Department of Licenses and Inspections to examine the correlation between crime and vacant, run-down housing. They found that the rates of drug and violent crimes decreased when property owners were compliant with city ordinances by […]

Do I Need a Lawyer if I Know I am Innocent?

While it is unfathomable, it is possible to find yourself under arrest for a crime you did not commit. As you grapple with the reality of your unfortunate and unfair circumstances, you must focus on your defense. Even though you know you are innocent, the justice department is overburdened with cases.  In your traumatized and […]

An Ounce of Prevention

As a criminal defense law firm serving Berks County for almost 40 years, we protect the rights of the accused—oftentimes individuals marginalized in society and later, in the criminal justice system. When crimes are committed, criminal defense lawyers work with the justice system to achieve the best possible outcome for each defendant.  For adults, sometimes […]

Penalties for Pennsylvania Drug Charges

High demand and distribution of illicit drugs continues to be a serious issue for Pennsylvanians.  According to the PA Attorney General, illegal drugs are the number one threat to public safety in Pennsylvania. While cocaine, heroin, and marijuana pose serious threats, manufactured drugs like methamphetamine and club drugs are also readily available in our state.  […]

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