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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.

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'...

Opioids Are Booming Despite the Coronavirus Lockdown

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

For most of March, April, and May, many of us stayed at home on lockdown, sheltering from COVID-19 or Coronavirus. But for one New York man, the quarantine was an opportunity for a booming business transporting fentanyl. WFMZ 69 News reports that Eliesel Gutierrez faces multiple drug charges afte...

Violent Protests Lead to Arrests Nationwide

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

Weeks of protests following the death of George Floyd, an African American man who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, have turned into weeks of arrests. Police in cities across the U.S. have arrested protesters when their means of dissent went from simple marching and chanting to viol...

Gov. Wolf Announces Policing Reform for Pennsylvania

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

The tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the subsequent protests all over the United States have forced the entire nation to grapple with policies related to race and policing. In Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf recently announced massive reforms that he would like the state's police d...

Is It Possible To Expunge DNA Records in Pennsylvania?

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

When most people talk about the prospect of expungement, they are typically referring to the sealing of court proceedings and arrest records. There are countless reasons to seek this type of expungement, as prospective landlords or employers could hold an arrest against you even if you were never...

What Happens at a PFA Hearing in Pennsylvania?

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

If you are facing a potential protection from abuse (PFA) order, it is understandable if you have questions about what might happen next. The process can be confusing, especially for anyone that has never experienced it. It is vital to understand the PFA process, however, given that the result co...

Do I Have to Move Out After a PFA?

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

If someone you live with gets a protection order against you, you may be required to move out, effective immediately. A Protection From Abuse (PFA) order can limit contact between the plaintiff and the defendant and it generally puts the burden on the defendant. If you are served a PFA order, you...

My Ex Wants to Get Back Together After a PFA

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

It is not uncommon for fighting couples to have a change of mind after things cool down. Arguments that are really heated at the time may seem trivial a day later (and after the effects of alcohol have worn off). However, when an argument leads to a domestic violence call, it can be much more dif...

Is Filing a False PFA Complaint Perjury?

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

A protection from abuse (PFA) order is not something to be taken lightly. A PFA can have a serious impact on the defendant's life, ruin their reputation, and cost a lot of money to get the order reversed. Many people find themselves subject to a restraining order based on nothing more than lies a...

How Much Will a PFA Against Me Cost?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

When the court issues a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order against the defendant, the defendant often will be prohibited from contacting the other party and will always be prohibited from harassing, abusing, or harming the other party. However, the order can also direct the defendant to pay out-of...

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