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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.

Expungement Relief for Trafficking Victims

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

According to a press report, Congress is considering a bill that would expunge the criminal records of trafficking victims for crimes that resulted from their trafficking. The bill has bipartisan support, although there is no indication of its impending passage. In the meantime, trafficking victi...

Face a PFA Order with Dignity, Not Despair

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

We understand: a Pennsylvania protection-from-abuse proceeding can be a rollercoaster of roiling emotions. Learning that a spouse or other intimate partner plans to ask the court to restrain you, even to evict you from your house and keep you from seeing your kids, can be a gut punch like no othe...

Avoid Escalating a PFA Situation

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 04, 2022 | 0 Comments

Learning that an estranged spouse or intimate partner has gotten a Pennsylvania protection-from-abuse (PFA) order against one can be extremely upsetting. Usually, though, the PFA plaintiff who got the order is nowhere near when the PFA defendant learns of the order. Courts and police take pains t...

Getting Weapons Back After a PFA Can Be Difficult

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 01, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you have a PFA order filed against you, you quickly find out there are a lot of things that you're no longer able to do. A PFA is a “protection from abuse” order, also known as an order of protection. It's used to protect someone who feels that they're at risk of being harmed by someone else. ...

Violating a PFA Will End in Nothing But Trouble

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

Getting served with a PFA is a very serious issue. A PFA is a protective order that orders the respondent to stay away from the petitioner who requested the order. PFAs, also known as orders of protection, are granted to allow petitioners to feel safe to move about their lives without the threat ...

Tracker Apps Make It Easier to Violate PFAs

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

One of the most important things in the world when it comes to a PFA is the belief that being in possession of one helps protect the person who filed for the order (the petitioner) from the person they're seeking protection from (the respondent). In the old days, it was pretty easy to make sure t...

Cash Bail Reforms In Progress

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

One of the most contentious parts of the American justice system is the cash bail system. Cash bail is money that defendants have to pay as a deposit so that they can stay out of jail until their trials. The problem with cash bail is that if people are unable to pay it, they must remain in jail. ...

Healing From the Shame of a PFA

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

A PFA is a protective order that someone files when they fear harm from another person. The PFA stipulates that the respondent may not approach, contact, or communicate in any way with the petitioner. These types of orders are issued in domestic violence cases, stalking cases, harassment cases, a...

Expungement Can Be Used as a Catalyst for Change

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 05, 2022 | 0 Comments

Expungement is a process that erases past criminal convictions from the court system. Details vary by state, but there are several types of crimes that can be expunged, including shoplifting, disorderly conduct, drug possession, etc. Violent felonies and other serious crimes are usually not eligi...

Dating With a PFA Can Be Difficult

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

Dating is one of the most exciting times of life. It's an opportunity to meet someone new, engage in activities the both of you like, and possibly work towards building a future together. What if you have a PFA on your record? How does that even work when it comes to dating? A PFA is a protectiv...

Expunged Convictions May Still Exist Online

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

When someone is convicted of a crime, the record of that crime goes on their public record. This can be a very difficult situation for many people who are trying to get past mistakes that they've made in the past. Past crime records can make it difficult for someone who has served their crime to ...

Reconciling After a PFA

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 07, 2022 | 0 Comments

A Protection From Abuse Order, or PFA, is a civil proceeding in Pennsylvania that protects a plaintiff from communication and harassment by a defendant. It is similar to a restraining order that a judge issues when they believe that a defendant poses a risk to the filer. In some cases, however,...

PA Man Involved in Grisly Federal Foreign Murder Story

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 04, 2022 | 0 Comments

When Bianca Finizio Rudolph went on an overseas safari trip with her husband Lawrence, she didn't know that it would end in her untimely death. The Pennsylvania couple, who describe themselves as big game hunters, traveled to Zambia in 2016 to partake in a hunting and safari excursion. However, t...

Clemency in PA: Who Makes the Decision?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 01, 2022 | 0 Comments

Recently, the Pennsylvania State Board of Pardons returned a split decision regarding the clemency of 42-year-old inmate, Felix Ocasio. Twenty-two years ago, Ocasio was sentenced to between about 39 years and 78 years behind bars, and now, he seeks a commutation of his prison sentence. An artic...

Criteria for Clemency in Pennsylvania

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Feb 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

When should an individual seek clemency for the crime they were convicted of? It might surprise you to learn that the leader of a large drug organization is actively seeking clemency from the state of Pennsylvania. At first glance, you might wonder how someone convicted of a high-level crime woul...

Marsy’s Law Update

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Feb 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

Marsy's Law is a law that originated in California and has since been adopted in numerous states. Advocates of Marsy's Law seek to provide victims of crimes with rights equal to those accused of committing the crime. At first glance, it's hard for anyone to advocate against Marsy's Law—most of us...

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