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Tag Archives: criminal charges

How Does Bail Work in Pennsylvania?

When you are arrested and put in jail, your first thought is likely to question how you can get out — and quickly. In most cases, the fastest way to get yourself out of jail is by posting bail. Bail can be posted in the form of cash, a bond or property you give to […]

What Does it Mean to Plead No Contest?

It’s quite rare for a defendant to plead guilty without reaching a deal with the prosecution. Usually, the defendant will plead guilty and give up the right to a trial in exchange for either of the following: Accepting a conviction for a lesser offense Lessening the punishment for the offense the defendant was charged with […]

Common Defense Strategies Used in Wire Fraud Cases

Wire fraud is a crime that involves a person intentionally using an interstate communications device, such as a phone or a computer with internet, as part of a scheme designed to defraud another party of something of value. Unlike other crimes, there are no “accidents” when it comes to wire fraud. There must be an […]

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Mortgage Fraud

A Pennsylvania man will spend five years in a federal prison after pleading guilty to multiple counts of fraud. He was convicted of scamming mortgage lenders out of approximately $13 million. The 47-year-old man was also ordered to pay restitution of more than $12.7 million and forfeit another $4.2 million in proceeds from the fraud. […]

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 […]

Is a Criminal Conviction the Final Word?

If you’ve been arrested for a crime, you likely know how confusing it can be. From the moment you are stopped until you receive your day in court, you are likely to experience a wide range of emotions. However, nothing is more frightening than the moment a judge or jury convicts you as guilty of […]

Pennsylvania Legislature Passes Ignition Interlock Bill

In an effort to address Pennsylvania’s drunk driving problem, the state Senate approved a bill that will require DUI offenders whose blood alcohol concentration exceeded 0.10 to install ignition interlocks in their vehicles. The bill passed unanimously 50-0, and will proceed to the House, where it is expected to be approved.  While ignition interlocks have […]

Tougher Pennsylvania DUI Laws Ineffective at Reducing Drunk Driving

When Pennsylvania lowered its legal alcohol limit from .10 to .08 in 2003, the expectation was that the stricter driving under the influence law would act as a deterrent, resulting in safer streets, fewer fatalities and fewer arrests for intoxicated driving. Additional changes in Pennsylvania DUI law mandated longer jail times for repeat offenders.  Unfortunately, […]

Hitting the Jackpot — Another Form of Addiction

There are drug courts for people with drug addiction issues. There are mental health courts for people with mental health problems. People convicted of domestic violence and driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol attend treatment programs as part of their probation in an effort to rehabilitate them. The addiction that receives little […]

Five Things You Need to Consider When Choosing a Criminal Defense Lawyer

There are two kinds of law — civil and criminal. Civil law deals with disputes between private citizens over money or property; these disagreements are usually resolved through lawsuits, mediation, money damages and court orders. Criminal law, on the other hand, involves the power of the state to impose incarceration, fines, and other restrictions on a […]

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