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Is Theft from a Motor Vehicle Burglary in Pennsylvania?

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

In early July a jack hammer was stolen from a truck. The jack hammer was valued at $190. It’s unknown if there was any damage to the truck, but the story is an interesting one. Theft cases involving items stolen from motor vehicles are common. How do the courts define this crime, though? Is… Read More »

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What is Aggravated Indecent Assault in Pennsylvania?

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

In the middle of July 2019, a Pennsylvania man was arrested in New Jersey for allegedly raping a girl repeatedly near Bethlehem. He was sent back to Pennsylvania and is now facing a total of 130 charges. Of those charges, he faces 20 counts of aggravated indecent assault. Pennsylvania has many laws pertaining to… Read More »

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Kidnapping is a Serious Crime in Pennsylvania

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

Timothy Nelson pled guilty to kidnapping a young girl 20 years agoAlso facing charges of sexual assault, Nelson will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. This is because kidnapping is a very serious crime in Pennsylvania. Those convicted face many years in prison, which is why it’s so important those accused… Read More »

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What is the Charge of Disorderly Conduct in Pennsylvania?

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

At the end of July, a woman was charged with disorderly conduct after urinating on potatoes at a Pennsylvania Walmart. After an employee noticed urine on the floor, they alerted the loss prevention department of the store. Surveillance footage was watched by store executives and law enforcement, and she was identified as a suspect…. Read More »

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Historic Pennsylvania Law Automatically Seals Criminal Records

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

At the end of June, the second phase of Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate law went into effect. That’s good news for those that have faced criminal charges in the past. Now, those records will no longer be available to employers, and others such as landlords that could keep those accused in the past from certain… Read More »

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What is Institutional Sexual Assault?

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

Recently, two married teachers were convicted of having a sexual relationship with a girl that is now 19, but was just 16 at the time. The abusive relationship lasted for over two years, with the group sometimes having as many as 80 interactions in a day that included text messages. Now, the teachers have… Read More »

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What is the Crime of Burglary in Pennsylvania?

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

In early June two Pennsylvania men were arrested for stealing a golf cart from a Poconos resort. In addition to the golf cart, the pair also stole several electronics, clothing, and DVDs. They are now facing charges of burglary. The crime of burglary is often misunderstood in Pennsylvania, and many mistake it for the… Read More »

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What’s the Law on Shoplifting in Pennsylvania?

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

In the middle of March this year, the Delaware Police were looking for a Philadelphia woman suspected of shoplifting across a number of states. She was one of three suspects the police were looking for in relation to theft of over $4,000 in goods from a Nordstrom store. If caught, she will likely face… Read More »

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What are Defenses to Arson in Pennsylvania?

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

It was at the end of April that two fires broke out in Bethlehem Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The man accused of setting the fires recently waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Upon leaving the courtroom, the man admitted to setting the fires, stating that he was “mad at God.” He now faces… Read More »

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How Does the Juvenile Criminal System Work in Pennsylvania?

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

In late May, three juveniles were arrested after they allegedly assaulted a man and tried to rob him along Pennsylvania Avenue. They were between the ages of 12 to 14. Due to the fact that these were children and not adults, they will likely be tried in juvenile court. So, how does the juvenile… Read More »

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