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Defenses to Armed Robbery in Pennsylvania

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

Theft crimes are very common during the holidays and this year was no different. On Christmas Eve, two men allegedly robbed a Lebanon County business. While doing so, one waived a pistol at the cashier while the other emptied the cash register. Law enforcement still has not found the men, but if found, they… Read More »

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Winter Driving Safety Tips

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

Winters are becoming a bit more mild every year in Pennsylvania, but the state is still subjected to the occasional Nor’easter, with the last one hitting quite recently. These snowstorms make the roads incredibly slippery, but that is no excuse when someone causes an accident. Drivers are expected to operate their vehicle in a… Read More »

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Defenses to Car Theft in Pennsylvania

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

In early February, two people broke into a home, stole car keys, and then used the vehicle in the driveway to flee the property. The vehicle has not been returned and Bucks County police are asking the public for help in locating them. If found, the pair will likely be charged with burglary, for… Read More »

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In My Own Defense: Michael van der Veen Responds to Ted Schwartz Article

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

By Michael van der Veen “I do solemnly swear (or arm) that I will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity, as well to the court as to the client, that I will… Read More »

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Lessons learned in Washington, D.C.

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

While serving as impeachment counsel to former President Donald J. Trump, I gave a number of interviews to media outlets across the country, including many prominent national publications that drive the news cycle. I was initially surprised how often the interviews followed the same format. The reporters had a preconceived narrative they wanted to… Read More »

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When are Children Tried as Adults in Pennsylvania?

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

The story of a man that had been in prison for nearly 70 years after he was convicted as a 15-year-old made headlines throughout Pennsylvania recently. The man was part of a crime spree in 1953 in which he admitted to participating in a robbery and stabbing another person. While he has always claimed… Read More »

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Dental Malpractice is Medical Malpractice

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

Just as people visit doctors to treat and prevent many different medical issues, they also visit dentists to protect their oral health and seek treatment when there are problems. Dental procedures are typically very safe and can contribute to a person’s overall health. Unfortunately, dentists and their staff members sometimes make mistakes which can… Read More »

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Can You File a Lawsuit Over Negligent Security?

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

An 84-year-old woman is filing a lawsuit against a casino after a 39-year-old man attacked her in the casino’s parking lot. The woman won a significant amount of money in the casino and the man allegedly witnessed her big win. He then followed her into the elevator and forced her into the parking lot… Read More »

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Is Breaking Into a Barn Considered Burglary in Pennsylvania?

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

Recently, a person broke into a home and a barn in Jefferson County, even though it did not appear that they took anything. The police are still investigating the incident and the suspects are still unknown. It is natural to assume that breaking into a home is considered burglary in Pennsylvania, and it is…. Read More »

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Why Evidence is So Important in Your Slip and Fall Claim

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

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the number of slip and fall claims has drastically increased in the last few years. At first, this is not all that surprising, as slip and falls are some of the most common personal injury lawsuits filed every year. However, what is concerning about the NICB’s… Read More »

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