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Mandatory Minimum Sentencing for Federal Drug Offenses

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

While many criminal offenses are prosecuted by the state, certain crimes fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government. For instance, if a crime was committed on federal property or across state lines, it may be considered a federal offense. Whether an offense is filed in state or federal court can have serious consequences,… Read More »

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Collecting Compensation for Soft Tissue Injuries

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

Some of the most common injuries suffered by those involved in car crashes and other accidents are related to soft tissue damage. Soft tissue injuries are usually the result of over-straining ligaments, muscles, and tendons and can be both painful and expensive to treat. If you recently suffered a strained muscle or torn ligament,… Read More »

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Assault Charges in Pennsylvania

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

In Pennsylvania, there are two categories of assault. The first is known as simple assault, while the more serious offense is referred to as aggravated assault. Although both offenses are considered serious crimes, aggravated assault is punished much more harshly, making it especially important for those who have been charged with assault to hire… Read More »

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Negligent Entrustment

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

When a driver causes a car crash and someone suffers an injury as a result, the at-fault party can be required to compensate the victim. According to Pennsylvania law, however, at-fault drivers are not the only individuals who can be held accountable for injuries caused by their actions. This is because under the legal… Read More »

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Institutional Sexual Assault

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

In Pennsylvania, there are a variety of categories of sexual assault, all of which have different legal consequences. The type of sexual assault offense a person is charged with depends on certain factors, including the nature of the sexual contact and the identities of the alleged victim and assailant. For instance, when the individuals… Read More »

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Pennsylvania Motorcycle Laws

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

Many states require all motorcyclists to wear helmets when operating a motorcycle. While Pennsylvania also requires riders to wear helmets, the law is only applicable to certain riders, including those under the age of 21 years old. Although it may not be legally required for all riders to wear helmets, taking this step is… Read More »

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Pennsylvania’s Revenge Porn Law

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

Following a number of highly publicized cases involving the posting of nude or intimate photos of former romantic partners on the internet, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed a “revenge porn” law. Those convicted of this crime face serious consequences, including jail time and hefty fines. If you were recently charged with violating the revenge porn… Read More »

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Collecting Compensation for Safety-Related Vehicle Defects

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

While many vehicle defects are minor and easily fixable, any type of safety-related defect can have devastating consequences. This could include defects ranging from a faulty steering component or sticky brakes to airbags that fail to deploy and fuel pump leaks. Furthermore, a car’s defect is not always immediately apparent and so catch drivers… Read More »

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New Law Redefines Criminal Assault

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

In October, Governor Wolf signed a new bill into law that makes non-lethal choking a form of assault. Prior to the introduction of this bill, no criminal law specifically addressed the act of intentionally interfering with a person’s breathing. The new law could have significant repercussions for those accused of domestic violence, so if… Read More »

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Collecting Compensation for Whiplash

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

Whiplash is the result of the sudden snapping forward or backward of the head after a sudden impact, which causes the muscles and ligaments in the neck to stretch or tear. This injury is one of the most common experienced by car crash victims and is both painful and often expensive to treat. If… Read More »

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