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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.

Stricter Gun Law Enforced In in Pennsylvania PFA Cases

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

Pennsylvania's stance on firearms has always been evident: gun rights are to be fiercely protected. This sentiment is echoed throughout the state's legislative, political, and social history. But a few months back, Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation that disrupted the trend of gridlock gun laws...

The Types of Probation in Pennsylvania

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Probation is a standard part of a sentence for most convicted crimes. The terms of probation, however, vary depending on the offense. A probation sentence typically allows an offender to remain in the community, but they'll be under the state or county's watch to ensure all conditions of the cour...

What Happens If I Fail To Appear In Court?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

The thought of attending court is intimidating for many first-time offenders. The pressure of being asked questions, facing judges and a jury is so overwhelming that some defendants decide to skip their court date altogether. For others, the prospect of work, school, and other obligations keeps t...

Verbal Abuse and PFAs

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pennsylvania's civil remedy for abuse is a protection from abuse (PFA) order, also known as a restraining order. It's designed to deter different forms of abuse, or the fear of this abuse, towards an individual and/or children within personal relationships. Its terms prohibit all contact between ...

A Defense Attorney's Guide To Attending Criminal Court

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you've been charged with a criminal charge in Philadelphia, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, or any other county in Pennsylvania, you will eventually be required to attend court. The thought alone can be intimidating for first-timers, as they may not be sure ab...

Consequences of a PFA Order

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

People who have been subjected to physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from a spouse, romantic partner, or a family member are entitled the right to put an end to their suffering by protecting themselves. A crucial step in doing so is to get a protection from abuse (PFA) order. PFA orders are civ...

The Potential Abuse of PFAs

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Protection from abuse (PFA) orders are civil court actions designed to deter abuse, or the fear of abuse, towards an individual and/or children. It consists of remedies specific to the circumstances of a domestic violence case to cease abusive tendencies and actions within the confines of persona...

What Factors Are Considered by the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Pennsylvania Board of Pardons believes that it is helpful to people seeking a pardon or commutation of a sentence to provide a list of some of the factors that have been considered by the Board in the past in evaluating clemency applications. This article explains these factors in addition to important considerations regarding the Pennsylvania pardon process generally.

The Philadelphia Domestic Violence Diversion Program and How it Can Help

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Having to face domestic violence charges can happen to anyone. Sometimes mounting an aggressive strategy and going to trial is the best option. At other times, and especially in light an assured positive result if a defendant complies with the program, the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Diversion program can be an good way to make the best of difficult situation.

How Does Intermediate Punishment in Pennsylvania Work?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

The stakes are always high when charged with crime in Pennsylvania. The stakes are that much higher when facing the prospect of a significant jail or prison sentence, or in DUI cases for example, when facing the prospect of a mandatory minimum sentence. Pennsylvania's intermediate punishment program, also known as "IP", can make a bad situation better. Understanding IP eligibility requirements, what specific conditions an IP sentence may include, and what steps need to be taken to be considered for intermediate punishment will allow for making the best decisions moving forward

Charged with a Crime and Facing Trial in Philadelphia Municipal Court? What You Need to Know

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Being arrested and charged with a crime in Philadelphia will, by its nature, be a challenging ordeal. Having the right attorney in your corner will certainly make a difficult process easier to bear, but as importantly, understanding what to expect in a Philadelphia Municipal Court case will help make a challenging time more manageable. The following article explains important aspects of how a Philadelphia criminal court case will generally start, and also explains major steps in the process through the trial stage.

How Does Sentencing Work in Pennsylvania?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

No defendant wants to face the prospect of being sentenced, and that is why everything that can be done must be done to defend against criminal charges. If the day comes, however, that a defendant will be sentenced by the court, understanding how sentencing in Pennsylvania works will make a difficult time for a defendant and their family easier to bear. The following article provides an overview of Pennsylvania sentencing concepts in general, and also specific sentencing considerations.

Problems with Field Sobriety Tests in Pennsylvania

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Field sobriety tests, also known as "FST's", are an important, albeit highly flawed, tool used by Pennsylvania police officers in trying to establish that a driver was driving drunk. Because of this reality, especially in light of the issues inherent in the use of FST's, an analysis of the potential problems with field sobriety tests themselves and how they are administered will be helpful in understanding if the police's use of the FST can be used against the prosecution itself in a DUI case.

How Does the Expungement Process Work in Pennsylvania?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Having a criminal record can have a major impact on a person's life, whether they reside in Pennsylvania or anywhere else in the country. Although Pennsylvania expungement law is not lenient, there are many circumstances where a person will be able to get their entire criminal record cleared, and if that is not possible, it may be of some benefit to have whatever charges that are otherwise eligible cleared. Understanding the major steps in the Pennsylvania expungement process, in addition to all of the many nuances, will help a person who is trying to expunge their record understand the path forward.

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