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Possession vs. Possession with Intent to Sell

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

When facing a drug offense, there is a big difference between simple possession and possession with the intent to sell or distribute. Simple possession of marijuana (up to 30 grams) is a misdemeanor charge, whereas possession with intent to sell is a felony, according to statute 780-113. But how does the prosecution prove that… Read More »

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The Cost of a Traffic Collision

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

Over the past five years of the most current available data, from 2012 through 2016, the total number of reported Pennsylvania traffic collisions has increased every single year, starting at 124,092 and rising to 129,395, as reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PDT). This comes as car technology has increased leaps and bounds… Read More »

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Trespassing

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

A Mount Tabor, Pennsylvania woman was recently arrested for defiant trespassing, as reported by Parsippany Focus, which is a third degree misdemeanor. There are many various types of criminal trespassing in Pennsylvania, each with a specific criminal penalty and set of punishments. If you have been charged with any type of trespassing, you need… Read More »

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Premises Drownings

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

Backyard swimming pools are notoriously dangerous for babies, toddlers, and young children. If your child was injured or lost their life due to a backyard pool accident at another person’s premises, you have the right to pursue legal action. An experienced Philadelphia lawyer can help you through this traumatic time by ensuring that medical… Read More »

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Child Malnourishment

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

Child endangerment is charged as a serious crime, and endangerment takes many forms. From allowing a pre-teen to drive a car, leaving a five-year-old alone while the parents go out for dinner, to issues of malnourishment, child endangerment affects thousands of children throughout Pennsylvania and millions across the country. As such, law enforcement comes… Read More »

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Faulty Fire Extinguishers Recalled

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

Earlier this winter, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled more than 40 million Kidde disposable fire extinguishers, according to CNN. The fire extinguishers have already been linked to hundreds of likely fatalities. The problem lies with the plastic handle and push button that can become clogged. The nozzle may detach with enough… Read More »

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Juvenile Court vs. Adult Punishment

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

If your child is charged with a crime, there is a big difference between being tried as an adult versus being tried as a juvenile. First of all, whether or not they are penalized in an adult correctional facility will have life-long lasting implications for the obvious reasons of emotional and psychological trauma. Secondly,… Read More »

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Were You Hit by a Drunk Driver?

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

Drunk drivers have caused havoc on Pennsylvania roadways ever since the automobile was invented, and they continue to do so today. Alcohol-impaired drivers are often involved in the most horrific, traumatic injury collisions due to the speed and recklessness with which they typically drive. Victims of drunk drivers deserve to be compensated to the… Read More »

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You’ve Just Had a Car Accident | Now What?

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

Many of us have been driving for a long, long time. But, it never hurts to review this checklist.  Times have changed.  There are more drivers on the road than ever before.  Take these steps to ensure a favorable outcome in a stressful situation: 1. Check for injuries Before you do anything else, make… Read More »

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Pennsylvania Doctor Charged with Deaths of Opioid Overdose of Five Patients

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

On December 21, 2017, federal prosecutors in Harrisburg, PA announced a Pennsylvania doctor has been charged with the deaths of five patients. The doctor allegedly caused the deaths from an opioid overdose. Over a 19-month time span that ended in July, Dr. Raymond Kraynak prescribed almost 3 million doses of opioids. Kraynak issued more… Read More »

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