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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.

Trevor Bauer’s Restraining Order Battle

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

Restraining orders and Protection from Abuse orders (PFAs) are difficult, often emotionally jarring cases for all parties involved. Although these orders serve their purpose by helping protect victims of domestic violence, they also impose severe restrictions on accused parties. When a restrainin...

What Happens to Guns Seized in PFA Cases?

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

Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders often include firearm restrictions. To help you understand what a PFA with firearm restrictions means for you, here's a look at what happens to guns seized in PFA cases. Are Guns Always Seized Under PFA Orders? Normally, yes. Judges will almost always exercise...

The Unplanned Abolishment of Child Welfare System

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

As the Covid-19 pandemic picked up steam in the early spring of 2020 in Pennsylvania and schools were shut down, child abuse doctors began to notice a disturbing trend. The number of serious injuries to young children began to grow. Dr. Lori Frasier, chief of Penn State Children's Hospital's chil...

PA Man Files Civil Suit After DNA Evidence Clears Name

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

A Pennsylvania man has filed a civil lawsuit after being wrongfully convicted for rape and murder. Despite no evidence tying him to the crime, Lewis Fogle was convicted in 1982 and sentenced to life in prison. He spent 34 years behind bars before DNA evidence exonerated him. Now, he's suing 17 pe...

Life-Altering Consequences for Making Threats

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

When emotions are high during a confrontation, it is easy to say things we later regret – and this is especially true when the conflict is between spouses or significant others. However, while we all need to apologize once in a while for flying off the handle during an argument and saying things ...

Hit and Run in Pennsylvania

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

We all know that we're supposed to stop and render aid if involved in an accident. But what happens if the other involved parties say they're just fine? What are your obligations under Pennsylvania law? Sometimes the law can be a grey area, as the family of one 11-year-old Palmyra boy recently di...

Part Two: Transforming the PA Probation System

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

In a recent blog, we detailed the many complex issues stemming from Pennsylvania's probation system. Now, let's dive into the ways lawmakers can work to overcome those issues. There's no shortage of research on community supervision and the costs of those systems. By looking to experts from the C...

Pennsylvania Probation Reform - Part 1

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

Pennsylvania probation reform efforts are back in the news after a recent editorial was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The authors call upon the General Assembly to cut costs and improve safety for the citizens of Pennsylvania. Journalists aren't the only people sounding the alarm on Pe...

The Need For Juvenile Justice Reform in PA

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

The juvenile justice system across the country differs in many ways from the adult system. This difference is by design, as it recognizes a discrepancy in life experiences and brain development. If working correctly, this divide offers young offenders rehabilitation and the opportunity to partici...

ACLU Says New Pennsylvania Laws Go Too Far

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

Over the course of the most recent two-year legislative session, Pennsylvania lawmakers passed some 280 new bills introducing new criminal offenses or toughening penalties for offenses already on the books. If that sounds like a lot of justice bills, that's because it is. 280 is almost a fifth of...

Bad Decisions That Can Complicate Criminal Situations

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

Interacting with local law enforcement representatives can be a harrowing experience. If you're not sure what officers wish to charge you with, you may feel intimidated and out of control. There are certain responses to a police presence, however, that can turn an already-confusing situation into...

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