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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.

What to Do if You’re Served With a PFA

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

Tom Petty said it well in his hit song, Walls: “Some days are diamonds, some days are rocks.” In late April, Gregory Lee Clark, 54, of St. Clair Township, got a rock. Early in the evening of the 27th, two deputies showed up at Mr. Clark's door to serve him with a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order...

Bill Cosby’s Court Case: Overturned Conviction

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jul 02, 2021 | 0 Comments

The media is awash with news about Bill Cosby after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his sexual assault conviction. We originally updated you about Cosby's case in October of 2020, and then we explained why the parole board denied Cosby parole. [LINK TO PAROLE BLOG] So, let's catch up on...

Can You Withdraw a Guilty Plea in Pennsylvania?

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

A defendant may seek to withdraw a guilty plea in Pennsylvania–but it's getting harder to have the motion granted. The Pennsylvania appeals court recently refused to void the prison sentence of an Erie man who sought to withdraw his no-contest plea to an indecent assault charge. In this case, a ...

Automatic Expungements for Marijuana

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

Automatic Expungements for Marijuana Gain Popularity In recent years, the use of marijuana has become increasingly mainstream. Many states have not only decriminalized marijuana possession, but they have also taken steps to legalize even the recreational use of it. According to U.S. News, recrea...

Stalking and PFAs in Pennsylvania

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

The recent arrest of a Scranton man offers a useful opportunity to discuss stalking in Pennsylvania, particularly what enhancements can do to a stalking sentence. Earlier this year, Gregory Rossi, 49 of Hazelton, received 30 months in prison for stalking. Two and a half years may seem like a ste...

Coming Soon? Hate Crime Legislation in Pennsylvania

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

Rhetoric is a powerful thing. In light of COVID-19's origins, many parties across the United States and the world began to accuse people from Asian countries as well as Asian Americans of purposefully spreading the virus. Phrases like “the China Virus” or “Chinese virus” began to circulate in rig...

Conquering Cold Cases

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

The recent rise of true crime podcasts has made everyone a little more familiar with the term “cold case.” The reality of modern cold cases, however, is often trickier than the average podcast will make it seem. Cold cases that are brought back to life put a significant amount of emotional strain...

Implications of Michigan Case on Pennsylvania

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

A criminal record is more than just an informational document. People with criminal records struggle to move on with their lives after serving out their sentences. These parties have a more difficult time securing work, applying for government assistance, and getting their lives back on track. M...

Ghost Guns in Pennsylvania: Legal or Not?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you're a gun owner, you can be forgiven for being confused about gun laws these days. That's true in the United States at large, but it's especially true in Pennsylvania. Between executive orders, legislation, and court cases, gun regulation seems to have become an ever-shifting landscape. Th...

Pennsylvania Man Arrested After PFA Violation

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Pennsylvania State Police arrested a West Chester man in March, charging him with contempt of court for violating a protection from abuse order (PFA). According to Patch, there was an active PFA against the man when he was found in the backyard of a domestic property on March 10. Police had been ...

Governor Grants Clemency to 13

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you or someone you love has been convicted of a crime and is now serving time in prison, you might be wondering if there is any further recourse. Most sentences allow the offender to appeal, but once appeals are exhausted, it might feel like there is no way back to the freedom you once had. Be...

Breaking PFA

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

Protection from abuse orders are meant to protect the victims of abuse, but sometimes, defendants violate their orders, and the government must bring them back before the court for adjudication. Breaking a PFA, even if done accidentally, can have disastrous effects on not only your freedom but yo...

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