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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.

DNA Evidence and the Defendant

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

In January 2018, Keenan Smith, a 29-year-old from Philadelphia, attempted to rob the Trolley Car Diner. He snuck in through a side entrance and waited outside of the manager's office with a gun. When the manager entered, the defendant pointed the gun at the manager's head, and a scuffle ensued. T...

Have Guns, Will Travel? Not in Pennsylvania.

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the week after election day 2020, police arrested two Chesapeake, Virginia men near a Philadelphia absentee vote-counting location, allegedly armed with firearms not licensed in Pennsylvania. Law enforcement reported that the men drove from the Virginia Beach area to Philadelphia in a silver H...

How Bill 1170 Will Affect Domestic Violence Cases

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Pennsylvania State Senate recently approved Bill 1170, which allows expert witnesses to testify in court cases that involve domestic violence and human trafficking. The hope is that the expert witnesses will give a clearer picture of the crime and show how it affects victims, providing more j...

Protesters Slapped With Hefty Bail

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

In Lancaster, Pennsylvania, protesters are crying foul after they were arrested and detained on a $1 million bail. This detainment happened after they clashed with police when the protests they were participating in turned violent and disorderly. They were among 100 people who were protesting ou...

The Fall of Bill Cosby

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

As fans, critics, and the in-betweeners of Bill Cosby continue to follow his sexual misconduct case proceedings, one can't help but get drawn into these fascinating proceedings, speculate, and draw unrealistic conclusions. December 2015 saw the arrest of the former beloved actor and comedian sen...

Protesters Charged in Clash With Diners

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

Our country has recently witnessed high-profile police brutality cases that have resulted in the deaths of many men and women of color and reignited conversations surrounding racism and inequality in our law enforcement and legal systems. With the fight for racial justice in America comes heighte...

Victim of Police Shooting Suffered From Mental Illness

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

When a police officer uses deadly force, their actions immediately come under scrutiny: Was the force justified? Was the suspect indeed a threat? Could the incident have been handled in another way? Often these questions don't have clear and straightforward answers, which can be frustrating for l...

Wear a Mask in PA - or Face Criminal Charges?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 05, 2020 | 0 Comments

For months, U.S. citizens have debated the efficacy of wearing masks to stop the spread of COVID-19. Some have tried to prove that it's a useless practice. Some have pointed out that it's, at the very least, a precautionary measure that isn't hurting anyone. Others, such as the Mayo Clinic, note...

Couple Charged With Assault Related to Mask Policy

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

Due to financial, social, and health-related concerns, the coronavirus pandemic has been hard on everyone – and for many people, that added hardship comes with heightened emotions. It's hard to accept the “new normal” that characterizes daily life. In some cases, grief and anger related to the ne...

Reduction in PFAs in PA Pandemic

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

As families cope with the fallout from the coronavirus, some unexpected consequences of the pandemic have emerged. Experts suggest that being confined at home for an extended time is leading to increases in violence between couples. Recent data shows a surge in domestic violence cases that requir...

To Appeal or Not To Appeal

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

No matter what you may have allegedly done, whether you're guilty or not, you always have the right to appeal. After you have gone through the sentencing process, after you realize what punitive measures you face, you still have this final card to play. Of course, just because you submit an appe...

Pennsylvania Officer Charged with Assault

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

With the omnipresence of cell phone cameras, everyone becomes a videographer or photographer when an event takes place. Over the past few months, several videos spread virally, recording police violence against individuals. These videos and the behavior have spurred protests across the country, d...

Minor Offenses Can Have Major Consequences

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

In today's world, everything lives on forever on the internet. Even if something is taken down, or found to be false, there's always the Wayback Machine. If it's not saved there, people may have taken screenshots. News releases, arrest notices, mug shots. It all lives on. Even when deleted, there...

Pennsylvania Man Fires Gun After Refusal to Wear Mask

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Gun Violence Increase During the Pandemic As the pandemic continues, although crime, in general, is on the decline, gun violence is on the rise, and it seems like every day there's a new report of a shooting, especially when it comes to the refusal to wear masks. Shootout with Seven Cops Accor...

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