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Can Parents be Held Liable for Their Children’s Actions?

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

When pondering the question of whether parents can be held liable for the actions of their children, the offense in question is typically a minor one, such as bullying or shoplifting. Now, a couple in Philadelphia is seeking to hold the parents of a young man liable for the wrongful death of their son…. Read More »

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What is the Definition of Robbery in Pennsylvania?

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

In late May, Pennsylvania State Police were called to a general store in Porter Township. After hearing the security alarm, a tenant claims that a man stole several firearms from the store. The tenant and store owner approached the man, at which time the suspect pointed a firearm at both of them while uttering… Read More »

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Is Carjacking Different than Auto Theft?

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

In early March, the Bethlehem police were asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect that had carjacked an SUV. While the owner of the vehicle was driving the SUV, another car pulled up alongside it and someone approached the driver’s side window. The person at the driver’s side window showed the driver… Read More »

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Do You Have Rights if You Are a Passenger in a Car Crash?

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

At the end of February, a man was criminally charged with a DUI-by-marijuana after he lost control of his vehicle and hit two other vehicles. In addition to the DUI charges, he also faces charges of involuntary manslaughter due to the fact that he was carrying a passenger at the time that died as… Read More »

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A Recent Murder Case in PA Focuses on Little Known Legal Doctrine

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

Many people are aware that the police are not allowed to search most areas, with the exception of vehicles, without a warrant. It is a right that is guaranteed by the United States Constitution, as well as the Constitution of Pennsylvania. However, a recent murder case in Pennsylvania brings those rights into question and… Read More »

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How Daylight Savings Contributes to More Car Accidents

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

It has not been that long since daylight savings time started once again and everyone in Pennsylvania set their clocks one hour ahead. Many people think that this small change in time does not have any real consequences. After all, it happens in the middle of the night when most people are asleep and… Read More »

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Differences Between Rape and Sexual Assault in Pennsylvania

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

In late March, a man from Lancaster County was arrested for the rape and sexual assault of a girl in Berks County. Allegedly, the different offenses occurred in Reading, Pennsylvania and happened for a period of 12 years between 1997 and 2009. The story brings up a question that is very common in Pennsylvania…. Read More »

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What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident

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

When you fall in a store, hospital, restaurant, or anywhere else, there is a good chance that you will feel embarrassed and want to call as little attention to yourself as possible. However, this is actually not the best course of action. Like any other personal injury, the steps you take immediately following an… Read More »

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Divorce in the Era of Covid-19

By Daniel Devlin |

If you are going through a divorce, planning on getting a divorce, or thinking about getting a divorce, it is not impossible to do so even during the Covid-19 pandemic. You may not even want to wait to file for a divorce, depending on your individual circumstances. In the short term, however, the manner… Read More »

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Pranksters May Face Criminal Charges for Threatening to Spread Coronavirus

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

Over the past few weeks, the warnings of coronavirus have been near constant, and the media has been flooded with ways to protect yourself. People should remain six feet apart at all times, stay home whenever possible, and cough and sneeze into their elbow. It is this last recommendation that pranksters all around the… Read More »

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