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Why Were There More Murders In Pennsylvania In 2020?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Pennsylvania usually has a slightly higher murder rate than anywhere else in the country. It comes as no surprise then that when the number of murders climbed around the country in 2020, the murder rate in Pennsylvania increased, as well. What is not entirely clear is why the murder rate spiked so drastically. Law… Read More »

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Is Self-Defense A Defense To Murder?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

A man was recently charged with murder after an altercation outside of sports bar in which he shot a man. The prosecution argued that the shooting was gang-related, but the defense argued that the man was acting in self-defense. The story is an interesting one. While self-defense is often used in assault and battery… Read More »

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Why Hire A Car Accident Lawyer After A Crash?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Car accidents are always scary and unfortunately, you will face a great deal of uncertainty even after the crash. You may think your own insurance company, or that of the negligent party, is going to protect you and provide the coverage you need to recover from your injuries. Without the help of a Philadelphia… Read More »

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Safety Tips For Pedestrians

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Pedestrians are placed at the greatest risk of being hit by a vehicle when they try to cross streets. On Halloween, this becomes even more dangerous as people cross streets more regularly trying to get to all homes on each side. To prevent an accident from occurring: Only cross the street when there is… Read More »

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Five Defenses To Domestic Violence Allegations

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The purpose of this month is to mourn those that have been lost to abuse, celebrate survivors, and to strive for change. Dedicating a month to domestic violence awareness is incredibly important and a way for everyone to show their support for victims. Unfortunately, not everyone accused of… Read More »

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How To Prove A Slip And Fall Case

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, a man filed a lawsuit after claiming that he tripped and fell over a raised electrical outlet in a medical marijuana retail shop. The man claims that he tripped and suffered a torn rotator cuff, sprains and strains, and injuries to his hand and arm. He is also claiming that the incident has… Read More »

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State Senator Is Trying To Expand The Castle Doctrine In Pennsylvania

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, State Senator Pat Stefano introduced legislation to expand the Castle Doctrine law in Pennsylvania. The Castle Doctrine, also known as the Stand Your Ground law, allows Pennsylvanians to use force, even deadly force, if someone enters their home with the intent to commit a crime. The new legislation proposes to extend the law… Read More »

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Accused Of Retail Theft? Here Is What To Do Now

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, a woman was charged with retail theft after being accused of stealing over $400 from a Target department store. She has since been released pending a court date. Shoplifting may seem like a minor offense, but it can have serious consequences for those convicted, including jail time, even when it is a person’s… Read More »

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FAQs About Slip And Falls In Pennsylvania

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Slip and fall accidents are extremely common in Pennsylvania. When they occur as a result of the property owner’s negligence, victims can file a claim to recover damages. However, there are many challenges associated with filing these claims and throughout the process, you will have many questions. Below, our Allentown personal injury lawyer answers… Read More »

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What Is Unlawful Contact With A Minor In Pennsylvania?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

A tragic story emerged out of Falls Township recently, in which a teacher was facing several charges after assaulting a student. She was facing several charges, including statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and unlawful contact with a minor. While out on bail, she arranged to meet with the alleged victim and during… Read More »

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