Blog Posts in October, 2015

  • What Happens If You Cannot Pay Your Criminal Fines?

    Criminal fines are monetary penalties that are assessed after a criminal defendant has been convicted of a crime. Many state and federal criminal laws allow the judge handing down the sentence to order the defendant to pay a fine as a punishment for a crime. This fine may act as the singular form of punishment, or it may be combined with an incarceration penalty. For some criminal convictions, a ...
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  • Can I Get in Trouble for Accidentally Downloading Child Pornography?

    Tired after a long day of work or classes, you sit down with your laptop to unwind with some mindless web browsing. You're surfing around, munching on a snack, one eye on your smartphone, not paying too much attention to what you're doing. You click on a link or download a file, thinking it will lead you to that one movie or TV show you've been meaning to check out - but to your horror, you ...
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  • What Are Plea Bargains and How Do They Work?

    Hollywood courtroom dramas would have you believe that criminal cases always end with the judge pronouncing a verdict. In reality, the vast majority of cases are actually resolved through plea bargaining, also referred to as making a plea deal or plea agreement. In this article, our Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys will explain some basic rules about how plea bargaining works in ...
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  • Can You Get Arrested for Sharing Prescription Drugs?

    Imagine this hypothetical scenario. You've been diagnosed with a certain condition, and you take daily prescription medication to help control your symptoms. Your friend hasn't been formally diagnosed by a physician, but seems to suffer from many of the same effects. Feeling bad for your friend, you decide to share a few of your prescription pills, just to see if they help. Unfortunately, this ...
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  • What Happens if You Refuse a Breathalyzer Test in Pennsylvania?

    Most people know that the penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) include fines, jail time, and suspension of your driver's license. But did you know you could lose your license even if you're found not guilty of DUI? This is because of a little-known law known as implied consent. If you have a Pennsylvania driver's license, you've already given your implied consent - maybe without even ...
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