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Give Yourself the Best Chance of Getting Your Charges Dropped

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

If you have been arrested for a crime you did not commit, you may think that an investigation will be done, law enforcement and the prosecution will realize they got it wrong, and justice will prevail. Unfortunately, there is a good chance that will not happen. Law enforcement and the prosecution are not on… Read More »

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In Pennsylvania, Car Theft Goes by Many Names

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

Auto theft happens quite often in Pennsylvania, but there are several different types of auto theft offenses a person may face if they steal someone else’s vehicle. The main crimes related to stealing vehicles in the state include theft, carjacking, and joyriding. Although all of these crimes carry harsh penalties, including jail time, some… Read More »

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The Who’s Who In PhillyLabor Show – July 28th, 2020

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

The Who’s Who In PhillyLabor Show Pain and Wellness hour with Sonny Banks Attorney van der Veen sat down for this awesome interview on WWDB-AM.  This interview highlights Michael van der Veen’s amazing energy and passion.  Attorney Banks and Attorney van der Veen are members of the same Mutual Admiration Society.  Attorney van der… Read More »

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Underage Drinking and Large Groups a Problem During the Pandemic

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

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted everyone in Pennsylvania. During this very challenging time, people cannot work and kids cannot go to school and socialize with their friends. However, firefighters recently broke up an all-night party in the woods in rural Pennsylvania. The party-goers were all minors and many of them were drinking alcohol. Members… Read More »

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Defenses to Shoplifting Charges in Pennsylvania

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

As Pennsylvania begins to reopen after the coronavirus shut most businesses down, it means there is once again plenty of opportunity for crime and shoplifting. Recently, the police have asked for the public’s help in identifying a suspect that is suspected of retail theft after he visited a computer store. The man was wearing… Read More »

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The Degrees of Murder: How Pennsylvania’s Laws are Unique

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

Most states separate murder into a first or second degree offense. Pennsylvania, separates murder into an act that can be considered a first, second, or third degree offense. This is unique because we are one of only three states in the entire country that allow for third degree murder. Former Minneapolis police officer, Derek… Read More »

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Reducing the Risk of Domestic Violence During COVID-19

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

Of all the many issues associated with COVID-19, it is widely known that some people are at a higher risk for becoming the victim of domestic violence. Those at high risk may include individuals that live with their abuser ordered to remain at home with them for several months. The stress of living together… Read More »

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Hate Crimes and COVID-19

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

COVID-19 has forced everyone to shelter in place, stay at home, and avoid interaction with others. While this has helped to slow the spread, it has also resulted in a reduction of some crimes. State police have reported a drop in certain offenses, such as property crimes and break-ins. Although this is good news,… Read More »

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How to Prove a Confession was Coerced

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

A troubling story has come out of Williamsport after law enforcement officers suspected a man of killing a convenience store customer and injuring the clerk. According to the story, the police officers were trying to coerce a confession out of the suspect, even leaving him to urinate in a bottle after they ignored his… Read More »

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What is the Penalty for Not Wearing a Face Mask in Pennsylvania?

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

It was at the end of April that Governor Tom Wolf enacted a mandatory face mask law that required anyone entering a store to wear a mask while they shopped. Masks have been said to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 infection by covering the mouth and nose of those that wore them…. Read More »

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