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What Is The Statute Of Limitations For Murder?

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

A story recently emerged from Carbon County that has many people relieved, and has others asking questions. In early April, state police reported that they had solved a cold case dating back to 1976. The case involved a girl that at the time was nicknamed “Beth Doe” because police could not identify her. The… 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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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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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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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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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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Is The Smell Of Marijuana Enough For Police To Search Your Car?

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

The issue surrounding when, and under what circumstances, a police officer can search a vehicle is always a complex one. Law enforcement officers must have reasonable suspicion that a crime has taken place when they pull a driver over on the road. If they believe criminal activity is taking place, they can then conduct… Read More »

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What Is Corruption Of Minors In Pennsylvania?

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

Recently, a Youngwood man was sentenced to 19 years of probation after pleading guilty to two counts of child endangerment and two counts of corruption of minors. He was originally facing several more serious charges of aggravated indecent assault, and statutory sexual assault, among others, which would have had much harsher penalties. Still, a… Read More »

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When Is Bank Robbery A Federal Crime?

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

Recently, a man that formerly lived in Erie pleaded guilty to committing two bank robberies in the City of Erie just over two years ago. The man’s case was heard in federal court and he was charged with bank robbery, armed bank robbery, and carrying a firearm during the commission of the crime. The… Read More »

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Does Pennsylvania Still Have the Death Penalty?

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

It was in the middle of November when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld the death sentence against one of the men that was part of the Greensburg Six. The man was part of the group that had kidnapped, tortured, and killed a mentally disabled woman in 2010. He originally pleaded guilty to the original… Read More »

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