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Your Resource for Pennsylvania Criminal Defense News and Information


Knowledge is power, and this blog is dedicated to providing the most updated information on Pennsylvania Criminal Defense, related topics, and criminal law in general.  It's our goal for you to use the information on this site, including the individual practice area pages, to help you understand your rights, obligations, and the best course of action for your Pennsylvania Criminal Defense case.

Violating Pennsylvania and Federal Law

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

On January 21st, Pennsylvania state police arrested a Lebanon County man en route to Washington, D.C. with an AR-15 rifle, two handguns, rope, and ammunition. Police stopped him at a gas station near Shippensburg after the Cornwall police department sent out an alert warning that he had allegedly...

When a Case Makes National Headlines

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

A distressing video of a double homicide-suicide in Plains Township, Pennsylvania, made national and global news in early February. The footage shows three neighbors arguing over a snow shoveling incident, but the argument quickly turns violent. In a matter of minutes, all three involved are dead...

Celebrities and PFAs: Do They Face Legal Consequences?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Feb 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

A recent In Touch article alleges that former Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry filed a protection from abuse order (PFA) against ex-boyfriend Chris Lopez. Lowry, who has a child with Lopez and was pregnant at the time of the incident, claimed that Lopez continued to contact her despite the PFA and ev...

Will Pennsylvania Ever Permit Felony Expungement?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Feb 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

Sometimes people make mistakes, particularly when they are young. Unfortunately, while our justice system's goal is supposed to be rehabilitation, it often becomes about punishment. After a felony conviction, even for nonviolent offenses, it's difficult to get a job, rent an apartment, or get a s...

New Year, New Additions: PA Introduces 24 Laws in 2021

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Feb 03, 2021 | 0 Comments

Pennsylvania is spearheading criminal justice reform efforts and promoting positive societal change by introducing 24 new laws that go into effect this year. The state's efforts are laudable, especially given the nature of some alleged crimes vs. their impact on people's lives. With these changes...

Clean Slate Takes Effect in Pennsylvania

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

For many Pennsylvania residents, securing a good job or home with a criminal record is nearly impossible. The economy's uncertain state doesn't help, with few opportunities and the rejection of qualified applicants to cut costs. Fortunately, new changes to the Clean Slate law are now in effect, a...

Q & A's To Help You Clear Your Record In Pennsylvania

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

Mistakes from the past can have lasting effects on your future, particularly if those mistakes involve an arrest or criminal conviction on your record. A criminal record can stop you from getting a job, obtaining professional licenses and certifications, getting student loans and grants, and adop...

Tenant Rights and Expungements

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

The U.S. legal system deals austerely with people convicted of a crime. The bad news is that the harsh treatment extends beyond prison; and often encompasses everyday interactions and personal affairs. People who have criminal records lose civil privileges, including the inability to vote and a ...

PFA Violation Leads to Arrest

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Pennsylvania State Police recently arrested a local man for violating a protection from abuse order (PFA). According to Chadds Ford Live, John Connelly, 25, of West Chester, was arrested for a violation alleged to have occurred over a month earlier. The case could be a cautionary tale for all th...

Managing a PFA in the Age of COVID

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Despite the newly-introduced COVID vaccine, the pandemic continues to modify how systems operate throughout the country. The changes help control the virus's spread, especially with a looming surge in infection rates expected after the holidays. While courts are still operating, policymakers stil...

How Registry Errors Ruin Lives

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Child abuse registries protect thousands of children from harm and neglect every year. Despite their benefits, there are instances where they do more harm than good – especially when they're inaccurate. If a person's name is accidentally on a child abuse registry, others will treat them as offend...

PA Man Violates PFA Order, Threatens Violence

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Being on the receiving end of a protective order sparks feelings of anger, helplessness, and resentment. While these are normal emotions, they can quickly spiral out of control and lead to criminal charges if a defendant isn't careful. For one Littlestown, PA resident, news of a protective order ...

Changes to Domestic Violence Laws in PA

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

Last November, an NBC10 report exposing the healthcare industry's lack of reporting protocol sparked a media uproar and spurred officials to take action. In a follow-up report, NBC10 now claims that policymakers plan to enforce laws mandating the tracking of emergency room visits and routine chec...

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