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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.

Media Makes Much of Veteran's Death in Hit-and-Run Crash Before Veteran's Day, But Does Traffic Law Protect Certain Groups of People?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

An apparent hit-and-run accident in Pennsylvania killed a Vietnam veteran right before Veteran's Day. While the media is making much of the man's prior military record, the law in Pennsylvania – unlike in some other states – does not protect certain classes of people from criminal traffic violati...

How Could a Pennsylvania Court Ever Include Prostitutes Under Domestic Violence Laws? An Overview of the Common Law Process

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

In a recent blog post, we detailed a strange possibility in Pennsylvania's domestic violence laws: Under the terms of the statute, “current or former sexual or intimate partners” are included in the “family or household members” that trigger the protections afforded by domestic violence law, open...

Just How Accurate Are Breath Testing Machines?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

An investigation by The New York Times found what criminal defense attorneys have known about driving under the influence (DUI) law for some time, now: Breath testing machines are not always accurate. New York Times Investigates Breathalyzers to Find Them Prone to Error The New York Times recen...

What Makes a Crime a Hate Crime?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

The state of Pennsylvania is going to be providing nonprofits and churches with millions of dollars to enhance their security against hate crimes. The impetus provides a great way to examine what a hate crime is, and how the law protects certain categories of people. Pennsylvania Provides Grant ...

254 Students In Bryn Mawr Charged With Having Fake IDs

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Police near Philadelphia conducted an impromptu and unprecedented sting operation for underage drinking and fake identifications in Bryn Mawr. A criminal charge for having a fake ID is surprisingly serious because it is considered a crime of dishonesty. Students in the middle of their college co...

Priorable Offense and DUI Lookback Periods

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

In Pennsylvania, driving under the influence (DUI) is an example of a “priorable” offense. This means the penalties get more severe for each successive time you are convicted for the crime. However, different states have different “lookback periods,” or how far back in time they will search for ...

Philadelphia Man Arrested in Cold Case from 1991

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Sep 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

Police in Philadelphia have made an arrest in a cold case from 1991. The way they investigated the case, though, draws attention to new police technologies and the importance of your Sixth Amendment right to have a criminal defense lawyer present during police interviews. Philadelphia Police Mak...

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