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Are Passengers Ever Liable For Car Accidents?

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

Imagine this. You are driving down the road headed for a night out with your friends. On the way to your destination, one friend turns the music up really loud and they all start singing along. Perhaps even one friend grabs the wheel. Soon after, you get into an accident. After determining that everyone… Read More »

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When Is Burglary A Federal Crime?

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

In most cases, burglary is charged as a state crime. However, as three brothers just found out, there are times when a person may face federal charges. Recently, the three young men first tried to break into gun store in Bethel Park. When the crowbar they used triggered the burglary alarm, all of the… Read More »

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Filing A Wrongful Death Lawsuit After A Criminal Death

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

Losing a loved one is always devastating, but it can stir up even more anger and frustration when the loss of life was due to a criminal act. That is what the family of a woman learned after her husband shot her in the head while she was sleeping. Now, over three years since… Read More »

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What Is Prohibited Possession Of A Firearm?

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

During a recent arrest, two Lehigh County residents were charged with a number of drug and firearm offenses, including 14 counts of possession of prohibited firearms. The man and woman charged were both convicted felons. The offense of prohibited possession of a firearm is a very serious one in Pennsylvania, and not everyone has… Read More »

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Pennsylvania Among Top Five States With Highest Dog Bite Claims

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

According to a recent report from a National Insurance Company, dog bite claims are on the rise in Pennsylvania. In fact, Pennsylvania ranked fourth in a list of the top five states with the highest amount of dog bite claims for 2020. Behind each of these claims are injuries. Dog bite injuries are not… Read More »

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Defenses To Drug Trafficking Charges In Pennsylvania

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

Recently, a Philadelphia man pled guilty to racketeering charges, as he was involved in a drug trafficking scheme that spanned Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and other states. Drug trafficking is taken very seriously in Pennsylvania and a conviction comes with serious penalties. If you are facing drug trafficking charges, you must speak with a… Read More »

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Things To Know If You Get Into An RV Accident This Summer

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

A multi-vehicle crash involving a recreational vehicle (RV) recently shut down Interstate 81 North in Cumberland county and unfortunately, it will not be the last of the season. Even as restrictions ease in Pennsylvania and things start to reopen, many will turn to RVing this summer, as it is a fairly safe way to… Read More »

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What You Need To Know About Marijuana Laws In PA As Arrests Increase During The Pandemic

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

According to data published by the cannabis advocacy group NORML, over 20,000 adults were arrested for marijuana-related offenses in Pennsylvania during 2020. Even though the pandemic had stopped everything for a long period of time during that year, the number of arrests represents 220 more than arrests made in 2019. The increase in arrests… Read More »

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Can You Sue For Road Rage In Pennsylvania?

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

Residents of Pennsylvania were shocked this week to learn that a 47-year-old Pennsylvania woman was killed while traveling to North Carolina with her husband. The married couple were on their way to celebrate their wedding anniversary with friends when the husband accidentally forced another vehicle off the road. Although the husband allowed the driver… Read More »

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Understanding Pennsylvania’s Sex Offender Registry

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

A Pennsylvania community is left reeling after a woman that lived in Bucks County was found dead in a hotel room in Miami after going there for spring break. According to Miami police, the women was drugged by two men before they took her back to her hotel room and proceeded to sexually assault… Read More »

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