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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.

Detainers, Early Parole, Bail Requests, and Bench Warrants - Cases the Philadelphia Criminal Court System is Hearing Because of COVID-19 / Coronavirus

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

As of March 27th, the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, which is the governing body of the Philadelphia Court System, including its criminal court system, has ordered that the filing and disposition of certain criminal matters are deemed to involve "essential functions" of the Court.  For...

What Could Be the Penalties for Bar or Restaurant Owners Who Leave Their Dining Areas Open in Violation of the Coronavirus Shutdown Orders?

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

Business owners in Philadelphia and the surrounding area are facing lots of uncertainty in the wake of Governor Tom Wolf's announcement that all bars and restaurants in five local counties would be forced to close their dine-in facilities to slow the spread of coronavirus. While the announcement ...

How Difficult Is It to Expunge a DUI Conviction?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

A prior conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) can be a difficult blemish to have on your criminal background. It can get in the way of finding a new job and can lead to some awkward conversations with people who think it's a far bigger crime than it is. Sealing your record is crucial....

What is a Rape Shield Law and Why Do We Have It?

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

Like many other states, Pennsylvania has what is known as a rape shield law. This statute restricts the types of evidence that a criminal defendant can use when they are accused of a variety of offenses, but is especially prominent in sex crime cases. It can be a significant obstacle to your def...

Does Pennsylvania Have a Romeo and Juliet Law?

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

Pennsylvania does have a “Romeo and Juliet” law, carving out an exception to the crime of statutory sexual assault for young adults who are close in age to each other. The exception is not a trivial one: Without a Romeo and Juliet law, young couples and high schoolers could face a felony offense ...

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