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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.

Posting About Crimes Online is Basically a Confession

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 16, 2023 | 0 Comments

It's easy to see why a 16-year-old boy in Bensalem was arrested for murder—he shared a video of a dead body on Instagram and asked a friend for help hiding the body. The parents of the friend he approached then contacted the police, and when police arrived at the boy's home, they found the body a...

There are Times When Hearsay is Allowed

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 14, 2023 | 0 Comments

If you've watched many courtroom movies or TV shows, you've probably seen an indignant lawyer stand up and yell, "Objection! Hearsay!" dozens of times. But what actually is hearsay? What is "Hearsay" Evidence? Criminal trials follow strict procedural rules, including rules that determine what ...

Temporary PFAs Need Not Become Permanent

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 29, 2022 | 0 Comments

Prevention From Abuse Orders – or PFAs – are the Pennsylvania equivalent to what the media commonly calls restraining orders or protective orders. Pennsylvania courts will only issue PFAs under certain circumstances, generally speaking when the alleged abuse involves a family member or someone wi...

Cell Phone Footage as Evidence in a Criminal Trial

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 27, 2022 | 0 Comments

It can be overwhelming and frightening if you're facing criminal charges in Pennsylvania. But if the police claim to have cell phone video footage of you committing a crime, you're probably concerned about whether the state might use this potential evidence against you in court. Don't worry! No o...

AI-Based Gun Detection Is No Panacea

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

Recent press reports that Pennsylvania public transit authorities are installing or considering installing increasingly sophisticated, artificial-intelligence-based metal detection and video surveillance systems. Video cameras have long been available. But now, sophisticated software analyzing th...

The Unintended Consequences of Mandatory Reporting

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

In 2012, the infamous child sex abuse trial of Penn State football coach, Jerry Sandusky, took place. During the proceedings, it was revealed that an assistant coach had witnessed the coach molesting an underage boy a decade prior and reported nothing. The resulting outrage on the part of the pub...

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