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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.

Federal vs. State: Cyberstalking

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

In August 2022, Anthony Elonis, a Northampton County resident, was convicted of cyberstalking by the U.S. District Court. Elonis was charged with three counts of cyberstalking for three separate victims. One of these victims was a federal prosecutor. Between 2018 and 2021, Elonis harassed the fed...

It Gets Worse: Repeat PFA Violations

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

“I've violated my PFA order, so I might as well continue to violate it. The damage is already done. I can't make it worse.” Wrong. Continued violations of a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order can — and likely will — compound charges until you are facing a felony or significant jail time. While ...

Your Child Started a Fire: When Is It Arson?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

Many children are fascinated with fire and flames, and some even start fires themselves. For example, in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, alone, an average of just over one structure fire per month was started by a child, and about 25% of fires each year are set by children in the county. And in a c...

Pranks During PFA Cases? No One Is Laughing

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

There's nothing funny about Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders. Being served a PFA is a warning notice that your future actions will be scrutinized under a microscope. Any wrong move you make will be magnified. Suddenly, normal behavior can bring criminal charges. An innocuous phone call to your ...

Violating a PFA Order by Stalking

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 08, 2022 | 0 Comments

On June 1, Matthew Torres made a bad decision. The 34 year-old man from York allegedly violated his Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders by stalking his accuser at her home. He also reportedly fired a gunshot. This came at the tail end of a night in which Torres had been calling the victim repeated...

What Are Batterer Intervention Programs?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 31, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you're convicted of domestic violence, you may be ordered to attend a Batterer Intervention Program (BIP). While you should contact a domestic violence attorney for advice tailored to your situation, here's a look at how BIPs work and how they might help you. What Are Batterer Intervention P...

What NOT to Do When Threatened With a PFA

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 29, 2022 | 0 Comments

Protection from Abuse Orders (PFAs) impact a person in more ways than one. PFA orders operate as a restraining order in cases of domestic violence in Pennsylvania and, when implemented, prevent an abuser from contacting or being near the victim. In addition to the physical limitations imposed, PF...

Personality Disorders and Domestic Violence

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 27, 2022 | 0 Comments

The consequences of a mental illness can be far-reaching, including serious criminal charges like domestic violence. Roughly 50 million Americans (about 20% of adults) live with a mental illness, including personality disorders. You might have heard of some of them like paranoid or schizoid pers...

Domestic Violence Isn’t Solely a Man’s Crime

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

We all know the stereotype from movies and the media; a large man beats up his much smaller girlfriend, partner, or wife. But domestic violence is not a crime perpetrated solely by men, as a recent case from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, demonstrates. Woman Sentenced to Seven to 14 Years Alison ...

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