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How to Challenge a Breath Test Result

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

You’ve been pulled over for a DUI and have just taken the breath test. The officer informs you that you have blown over 0.08, the legal alcohol limit in Pennsylvania. It’s easy at this point to start assuming the worst, and to think the prosecution will have an open-and-shut case against you. Fortunately, that’s… Read More »

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What is Strong-Arm Robbery?

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

Recently, a man was about to walk into his home late at night when he was attacked by two men. They were after the $11,000 in cash the man had in his backpack, money that was going to be used to take his family on vacation. The man’s video surveillance system caught the whole… Read More »

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Understanding the Crime of Forgery in Pennsylvania

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

On August 14, 2019, a woman was arrested for attempting to cash a forged check at Midland States Bank. Now, she faces multiple charges including three counts of forgery. While attempting to cash a forged check may sound like a minor crime, Pennsylvania takes the crime of forgery very seriously. It comes with harsh… Read More »

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Understanding Simple Assault in Pennsylvania

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

Earlier this month, a Hanover, PA man was charged with assault after punching a woman in the stomach. She had recently given birth via a cesarean section and suffered significant bleeding. Now, he is facing charges of second-degree simple assault. Assault is one of the most common offenses in Pennsylvania, mainly due to the… Read More »

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Understanding Theft by Deception in Pennsylvania

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

A little-known type of theft was recently reported. That is theft by deception and a Pennsylvania couple is now facing charges after lying about the death of a child. Kaycee and Geoffrey Lang faked the birth and death of their son on July 3. It was on the same day Kaycee posted a picture… Read More »

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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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