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What to Do if You Have Been Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence

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

Domestic violence is taken very seriously in Pennsylvania, and for good reason. No one should ever be the victim of this type of abuse but sometimes, people make false accusations. A person may falsely accuse someone of domestic violence so a judge will rule in their favor during a child custody dispute. Or, an… Read More »

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Can You Sue for a Wrongful Death by a Police Officer?

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

Recently, the Court of Appeals Division in Washington State overturned a ruling after a woman sued state police officers for using excessive force on her husband, which resulted in his death. While the trial court initially issued a directed verdict, meaning the widow could not recover damages for the death, that ruling has been… Read More »

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What is a De Facto Life Sentence?

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

The case of the “Serial Suburban Burglar” was heard in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in early October. The court was divided on the opinion and now, the public is as well. The man accused of burglarizing 31 homes in 2016, was sentenced to a jail term between 58 and 116 years, which is harsh,… Read More »

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Seven Factors that Will Affect Your Car Accident Settlement

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

One of the most common questions people ask after being involved in a car crash is how much their settlement will be worth. It is impossible to determine an exact amount without fully examining the facts of a specific case. However, there are certain factors you can use as a guideline to determine how… Read More »

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What is Considered Drug Trafficking in Pennsylvania?

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

Recently, a man was sentenced to twelve years in prison on two separate drug trafficking charges. Both charges were made in 2017 after the man was found with a significant amount of cocaine, heroin, and thousands of dollars in American currency. Although the man was charged by the federal U.S. attorney, the state also… Read More »

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Types of Robbery in Pennsylvania

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

Recently, two men were arrested in Swissvale in connection with a number of armed robberies in Westmoreland and Washington Counties. They were also accused of robbing a convenience store in the Pittsburgh area in early August. The men are currently in custody after a coordinated effort between three different counties in the state. While… Read More »

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Tolling the Statute of Limitations in Wrongful Death Cases

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

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently ruled on the statute of limitations in wrongful death cases. A patient underwent a CT scan, which revealed an abdominal aortic aneurysm. A doctor noticed the aneurysm but could not identify whether it had ruptured. He did not include any indication of a rupture within his report. The patient… Read More »

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When can Police Search Your Car in Pennsylvania?

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

Recently there was a story of a man that was pulled over for a fairly insignificant traffic violation, and ended up facing serious drug charges after police officers searched his vehicle. Law enforcement officials stopped the man on I-77 North and, after spotting drug paraphernalia and marijuana in the vehicle, conducted a search which… Read More »

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What to Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

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

Recently, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued a report showing a nursing home had given 205 patients doses of hydroxychloroquine. The drug has been touted by some as a cure or prevention method for COVID-19, while other reports have shown it to be very harmful to some individuals, even if they are infected with… Read More »

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FAQs About Pennsylvania’s Motorcycle Helmet Laws

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

Many motorcyclists are enjoying the beautiful few months they have to ride. Motorcyclists understand the dangers they may face while on the road, but many do not understand what the law says surrounding motorcycle helmets. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the motorcycle laws in the state, and the answers… Read More »

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