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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.

Pennsylvania Officer Charged with Assault

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

With the omnipresence of cell phone cameras, everyone becomes a videographer or photographer when an event takes place. Over the past few months, several videos spread virally, recording police violence against individuals. These videos and the behavior have spurred protests across the country, d...

Minor Offenses Can Have Major Consequences

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

In today's world, everything lives on forever on the internet. Even if something is taken down, or found to be false, there's always the Wayback Machine. If it's not saved there, people may have taken screenshots. News releases, arrest notices, mug shots. It all lives on. Even when deleted, there...

Pennsylvania Man Fires Gun After Refusal to Wear Mask

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Gun Violence Increase During the Pandemic As the pandemic continues, although crime, in general, is on the decline, gun violence is on the rise, and it seems like every day there's a new report of a shooting, especially when it comes to the refusal to wear masks. Shootout with Seven Cops Accor...

New PA Legislation Seeks Reform in Law Enforcement

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Just about a month ago, Governor Tom Wolf signed two new House bills into legislation: H.B. 1841 and H.B. 1910. These two bills follow on Governor Wolf's June announcement to begin the process of reforming Pennsylvania law enforcement through a variety of measures, including legislative reform. T...

When a Minor Commits an Adult Offense, What’s Next?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

When an adult commits an offense, they are tried as adults. Minors are often tried with differing expectations and criteria, because they are minors. However, this is not always the case. If a minor, or a person younger than your state's “age of majority,” commits a more serious or adult offense,...

Downstream Drug Culpability

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you give someone else drugs, and they commit a crime, are you culpable? Can you face charges? What may those charges be? In one Pennsylvania county, a man allegedly delivered drugs to a customer. That customer later died of an overdose. The drug-deliverer stood accused of “drug delivery resul...

Conspiracies to Commit Crimes: Will One Affect You?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Recently in Pennsylvania, two teenagers allegedly plotted a murder-for-hire scheme. Both face charges. Both face the consequences. The boyfriend-girlfriend pair planned to hire a murderer to do away with the girl's stepfather — while the targeted victim was supposedly safe in his home. The morbi...

Rising Crime - Are Our Fears Justified?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

After recent dramatic drives to defund the police, many Americans believe that crime is on the rise. We watch as politicians promise to send federal agents to curb crime in cities nationwide. We stay inside and wonder - is crime really peaking during a pandemic? The stats simply don't back up th...

Is Crime Rising in the U.S.?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Over the past year, state after state has issued stay-at-home orders. As Americans have chosen quiet evenings in and canceled vacations, statisticians have noticed an unintended side effect of this inactivity. The primary goal of lockdowns (enforced or informal) was to reduce the spread of COVID-...

Pennsylvania Meth Bust Highlights State’s Strict Laws

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 05, 2020 | 0 Comments

In June 2020, 70-year-old Gary Lynn Moyer was arrested in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, accused of being a “meth-lab mastermind” who used “smurfs” to buy supplies in exchange for his finished product. Moyer was charged with operating a methamphetamine lab and possession with intent to deliver meth...

Did the Pandemic Slow Crime in Pennsylvania?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

As COVID-19 has swept across America, the nation has watched entire cities shut down and industries slow to a halt. People are attempting to resume everyday activities with masks and social distancing. Normal life looks very different in 2020, and the entire population is cultivating new habits t...

When Law Enforcement Officers Are Charged with a Crime

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

In June 2020, Philadelphia Staff Inspector Joseph Bologna was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, possession of an instrument of crime, and recklessly endangering another person by District Attorney Larry Krasner. The charges arose after Bologna was seen in a video striking a protest...

What to Do When You Are Unfairly Accused

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jul 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May, protests have erupted around the nation in response to police brutality, exposing longstanding tension and mistrust between officers of the law and the communities they serve. While the police have a duty to protect and serve, for many c...

What Happens When You Incite Violence at a Protest

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jul 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Having the ability to assemble, protest, and speak one's mind is one of the most valued and protected rights for all Americans. Americans of all political persuasions understand that being able to express dissent is necessary for the United States to remain committed to freedom. But, while prote...

The Difference Between State and Federal Drug Charges

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jul 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Drug laws can be confusing because both state and federal drug laws can apply to a criminal act. Two men from Pennsylvania recently pleaded guilty and were convicted in West Virginia for their roles in a drug trafficking operation. The two men, Sezar Hamilton and Alonzo Wooden, were caught as pa...

Bill Cosby and the Limits of #MeToo Prosecutions

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jul 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Bill Cosby came to fame as a comedian and beloved head of the Huxtable family in the long-running sitcom, The Cosby Show. But sexual assault allegations against him by dozens of women in 2015 rocked the nation. In 2017, Cosby's first trial ended in a mistrial after the jury failed to reach a unan...

Caught Red-Handed and Red-Tempered at Red Lobster

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

There's regular hangry, and then there's the kind of hangry that leads to legal trouble. One woman who couldn't keep her hangry in check could face charges after her outburst at a Red Lobster in Springettsbury Township was captured on video and shared on social media. The woman had placed an or...

PA Doctor Jailed for Growing Pot – Now, It’s Legal

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the early hours of April 23, 2014, ophthalmologist Paul Ezell was awakened by police. They'd been tipped off about his personal marijuana plant collection downstairs and were there to arrest him. Ezell, who had begun growing to treat his dying wife's pain, was shocked – “Are you sure you aren'...

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