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Winter Dangers: Snow and Ice

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

According to various news outlets, including PennLive, we are in for a “snowier-than-normal” winter this year in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Some people love snow and cannot wait to make snowmen, snow angels, and more. Others simply wish that snow would disappear once and for all. Regardless of what category you fall in, snow… Read More »

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Police Shootings, Excessive Force, and You

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

This past July, 30-year-old David Jones died after a Philadelphia police officer shot him in the back. Mr. Jones was reportedly initially stopped for recklessly riding his dirt bike on the streets. According to several news accounts, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office will investigate the matter further. While there are differing perspectives as to… Read More »

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Assessing the Future After a Train Accident

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

Reuters and other news outlets recently reported that sulfur fires broke out in the small southern Pennsylvania town of Hyndman after dozens of CSX Corporation rail cars went off the train tracks. Officials have not been able to figure out the cause of the derailment yet. Although it seems that nobody was hurt due… Read More »

The Defense Never Rests … Even in Summary Cases

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

The most important qualities of a Criminal Defense Attorney are the ability and courage to stand up for what is right, to gather evidence, and to have the willingness to fight for your client – even against public opinion. This is true for any type of case, any degree of charge, and any manner… Read More »

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Lifting a Bench Warrant

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

In Pennsylvania, courts are permitted to order bench warrants when defendants miss important court dates. These documents essentially direct law enforcement officers who come into contact with the subject of the warrant to arrest him or her on sight. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid these types of arrests, so if you were recently… Read More »

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Dooring Accidents

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

In Pennsylvania, cyclists are prohibited from riding on sidewalks and so must often utilize streets alongside motor vehicles. While many drivers are careful to keep an eye out for bicyclists at all times, thousands of accidents still occur on a yearly basis. One increasingly common collision between motorists and cyclists is referred to as… Read More »

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Reckless Endangerment

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

Reckless endangerment is a misdemeanor charge that is usually accompanied by assault-related charges. Although it is a misdemeanor offense, a reckless endangerment conviction can still have a significant impact on a defendant’s sentence, so if you have been charged with reckless endangerment or a related crime, it is crucial to contact an experienced Philadelphia… Read More »

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Intersection Crashes

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

Although car crashes can happen just about anywhere, there are certain locations, such as traffic intersections, that tend to be particularly dangerous for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that around 40 percent of all car crashes occur in intersections. Intersection-related collisions are almost always the… Read More »

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What Qualifies as a Terry Stop?

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

Recently, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued an opinion, in which it restated the rule regarding police stops. Despite this clarification, it can still be difficult to determine whether an encounter with the police qualifies as a stop for Fourth Amendment purposes, so if you were recently frisked by the police and were then charged… Read More »

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Collecting Compensation for Dog Bite-Related Complications

By The Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen |

Dog bites are known for being both painful and frightening. However, these injuries also come with a unique set of medical complications, many of which can even endanger the victim’s life. Treating dog bite wounds can quickly become expensive, especially if the injured party must foot the bill to pay for other medical conditions… Read More »

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