Blog Posts in April, 2015

  • Is it Possible to Appeal a Criminal Conviction in PA?

    For obvious reasons, no one wants to be convicted of committing a crime. Even in cases where the underlying offense is a low-level misdemeanor, penalties can still involve costly fines and months in jail — and for felonies like rape or homicide , incarceration can last for decades or even life. While being found guilty is devastating, you may be able to appeal the sentence, or even the conviction ...
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  • What Are the Possible Defenses Against PA Murder Charges?

    While being accused of any crime is a stressful and upsetting ordeal, few charges could be more panic-inducing than those pertaining to murder. However, an experienced attorney may be able to have the charges — and in turn, their respective penalties — significantly reduced. In this blog post, our homicide attorneys will explore some of the potential defenses against murder charges which ...
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  • Will Pennsylvania’s Death Penalty Moratorium Be Lifted?

    Homicide is punishable by death in Pennsylvania. In February 2015, just weeks after assuming office, Governor Tom Wolf declared a moratorium on the state’s use of capital punishment. However, Governor Wolf never specified a firm time limit, stating only that the moratorium would continue until he “received and reviewed the forthcoming report of the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission ...
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  • Are Police Allowed to Lie?

    It’s a common misconception that “police officers aren’t allowed to lie.” Unfortunately, many suspects have learned the hard way that this widespread myth doesn’t always apply. It’s important to understand what officers are and aren’t allowed to say, so that you can better protect yourself against police misconduct and violations of your civil rights. In this blog post, our police brutality ...
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  • Who is Eligible for Drug Court in PA?

    Many counties throughout the state of Pennsylvania offer certain offenders the opportunity to participate in drug court programs as an alternative to going to jail or prison. As a condition of admittance, participants must comply with strict program rules and regulations under the supervision of a probation officer. In this blog post, our drug defense lawyers will explain some of the Pennsylvania ...
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  • Police Brutality: Understanding the Use of Force Continuum

    Police officers are not allowed to use a greater degree of force than necessary. But when does “reasonable force” cross the line, and slide into the realm of excessive force? Where is the boundary between an appropriate response, and outright police brutality? A standard called the “Use of Force Continuum” can help to answer that question. In this blog post, our police brutality lawyers will ...
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