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What is Child Endangerment?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Almost ten years after the scandal broke in 2011, the criminal cases involving a former University coach and the University have made the news once again. A federal appeals court has reinstated the defendant’s conviction of child endangerment. The conviction was overturned in 2017 on constitutional grounds but after the most recent decision, the… Read More »

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What to Do, and Not Do, After an Accident

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

The steps you take after a car accident are extremely important to your case. You should take certain steps, but you should also avoid taking certain actions. Most importantly, it is crucial that you do not panic. Remaining calm will help you remember what to do after the crash and panicking may also hurt… Read More »

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Five Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse You Should Not Ignore

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

The majority of nursing homes in Pennsylvania provide high quality care and the proper support their residents need. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are also understaffed and underfunded. These conditions can easily lead to nursing home abuse or neglect. Many people only watch for physical signs of abuse and neglect, such as broken bones and… Read More »

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Wire Fraud is a Very Serious Federal Offense

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

A man was recently charged in federal court with conspiring to sell puppies and other animals over the Internet. The defendant would allegedly accept customers’ money and tell them a puppy or other animal of their choosing would be delivered to them. Shortly afterwards, the customers would receive an email stating there were delivery… Read More »

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When Do Police have the Right to Search Your Vehicle?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, a man and woman were charged with several drug offenses after they were stopped on I-77 for a traffic violation. The officer that stopped the couple said that he spoke with the man, who was driving, and over the course of their brief conversation, the officer developed probable cause that illegal activity was… Read More »

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What is a Property Owner’s Responsibility for Clearing Snow?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Parts of Pennsylvania have seen significant snowfall lately. While the snow is good news for those who were hoping for a white Christmas, it brings more responsibility for property owners. All property owners in the state are required to keep their property clear and safe for people to enter. Snow and ice pose a… Read More »

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What is the Difference Between Attempted Murder and Aggravated Assault?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

In late December of 2020, a gentleman was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and a number of other charges. A district court judge read the defendant the charges filed against him after a six-month old girl was found with injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome. Bail was denied for the defendant and he… Read More »

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Can You Sue After Accepting an Insurance Settlement?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

If you were hurt by the negligence of another person, you have the right to file a claim against them to recover damages such as your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Unfortunately, many accident victims are not aware of their legal rights and obligations. After an accident, they simply accept the insurer’s… Read More »

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