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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.

Domestic Violence Knows No Economic Barriers 

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Feb 18, 2024 | 0 Comments

When most people think of domestic violence, they picture what they see in movies – a man down on his luck, taking his financial frustrations out on his wife and family. However, the truth is that domestic violence has no economic barrier.   At the tail end of 2023, a Massachusetts couple and th...

Defending Against False Positives on Field Drug Tests

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Feb 14, 2024 | 0 Comments

Presumptive field tests for illegal substances were initially developed as a preliminary testing tool. Unfortunately, they have become the “de-facto” choice for law enforcement agencies. Despite being notoriously imprecise and known for producing false positives, they tend to be used as determina...

Defending Pennsylvania Teen Dating Violence Charges

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Feb 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

If you haven't heard, safety advocates across the country make every February a national Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Their laudable cause is to advocate and educate the public to stop sexual and other abuse within teen dating relationships. But beware of false, exaggerated, or manipulat...

The Legal Pitfalls of College Student Fights

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Feb 10, 2024 | 0 Comments

For many young people, the college years involve the first time they are free to make independent choices and establish new relationships without parental oversight. For some students, this freedom can lead to conflict, and conflicts may lead to fighting, either on-campus or off-campus. A Colleg...

Youth Joyriding Is a Dangerous and Serious Crime

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 31, 2024 | 0 Comments

Recently, a 14-year-old Northumberland youth engaged in a chase with local police in an unauthorized vehicle, leading to juvenile charges. Some people may view "joyriding," or the temporary taking of a vehicle owned by someone else without permission, as a rite of passage. But it is, in fact, a d...

DUI Checkpoints in PA: Know Your Rights

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 29, 2024 | 0 Comments

DUI Checkpoints are a common tool used by Pennsylvania law enforcement to address impaired driving. DUI checkpoints, also called roadblocks or sobriety checkpoints, are controversial for many people. The idea that law enforcement can stop and question a person without probable cause strikes many ...

Warren Ohio Man Arrested for Violating PFA Order

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 27, 2024 | 0 Comments

As reported by WFMJ, a Warren, Ohio man was arrested for violating a protection from abuse order (“PFA”), among additional charges related to a domestic violence case after he assaulted his ex-wife, son, and another woman. He not only racked up additional charges but is now facing the possibility...

Pennsylvania Teens Arrested for Overpassing

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 13, 2024 | 0 Comments

Pranks have long been part of the teen coming-of-age process. Senior pranks in high school have given way to social media pranks and the hope to go viral. Not all pranks are innocent or in good fun. Some can cause serious damage, up to and including death. These pranks not only harm the target b...

Gas Thieves Hit Empty

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 05, 2024 | 0 Comments

Most drivers were unhappy with the high cost of gas this fall. Two New Jersey men apparently dealt with the expense by stealing gas from a Pennsylvania service station. In Pennsylvania, retail theft, also known as shoplifting, is its own criminal category. Whether the charge is a misdemeanor or ...

Penn State Accused of Withholding Crime Data

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 03, 2024 | 0 Comments

Colleges and universities that accept federal funding are required to notify students of criminal activity that represents “a threat to students and employees.” They are also required to collect and provide campus crime data upon request. A Penn State student recently questioned the school's comp...

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