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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.

What is the Exclusionary Rule and How Does It Work?

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

Many of the amendments to the U.S. Constitution protect the rights of people who are suspected or who have been formally accused of committing a crime. However, none of those amendments state exactly how that protection works. Instead, courts have had to create penalties for law enforcement whene...

What is a Subpoena and Do I Have to Comply With It?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Subpoenas are powerful legal tools that courts and lawyers in Pennsylvania use to force people to testify or provide evidence in a pending case. Getting subpoenaed is a serious legal event, though, as you could face penalties if you do not comply with the demand. Here's what you need to know abo...

When Can Police Search for Evidence Without a Warrant?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Fourth Amendment is one of the most important protections that Americans have against police overreach. A bulwark of the Fourth Amendments is its requirement that police get a warrant before searching for evidence of a crime. But the warrant requirement is not absolute. In fact, there are si...

Why Are Fatal Crimes Not Considered Domestic Violence?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

In Pennsylvania, a crime only becomes a “crime of domestic violence” if two conditions are met: It is a certain, eligible type of offense under the state's domestic violence statute It is committed against a certain class of people, known as “family or household members” A close look at th...

What Are the Five Ways a DUI Case Can Begin?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

In Philadelphia, there are five ways for a driving under the influence (DUI) to begin: After police notice a driving infraction During a pretextual stop After a single-vehicle car accident, or a crash that only damaged property After a car crash that hurt or killed someone else At a sobrie...

What is Hearsay and Why Does it Matter?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

One of the most important and most complex legal topics is also one of the most difficult legal topics to explain, largely because so few people hear about it or have to worry about it on a daily basis. Recently, though, that has not been the case, as the media and political pundits have been ta...

Media Makes Much of Veteran's Death in Hit-and-Run Crash Before Veteran's Day, But Does Traffic Law Protect Certain Groups of People?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

An apparent hit-and-run accident in Pennsylvania killed a Vietnam veteran right before Veteran's Day. While the media is making much of the man's prior military record, the law in Pennsylvania – unlike in some other states – does not protect certain classes of people from criminal traffic violati...

How Could a Pennsylvania Court Ever Include Prostitutes Under Domestic Violence Laws? An Overview of the Common Law Process

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

In a recent blog post, we detailed a strange possibility in Pennsylvania's domestic violence laws: Under the terms of the statute, “current or former sexual or intimate partners” are included in the “family or household members” that trigger the protections afforded by domestic violence law, open...

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