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What is the Statute of Limitations on Sex Crimes in Pennsylvania?

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

A man was recently charged with several sex crimes in Pennsylvania. While this is not all that surprising, as sex crimes happen every day in the state, what is interesting in this story is that the charges come 21 years after the alleged crimes. A woman accused the man of sexual assault, rape, and… Read More »

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Shoplifting

Organized Retail Theft is Increasing Around the Country

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

When people think of retail theft, they typically think of teenagers that steal from stores. However, as law enforcement agencies around the country are learning, retail theft is an offense that does not have an age limit. In the past year or so, organized retail theft has been increasing around the country and for… Read More »

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What is the Crime of Public Drunkenness?

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

The holidays are officially over and while for most, the fallout only includes credit card bills and putting away decorations, for others it is much more serious. During the holidays, even those as unprecedented as the ones Pennsylvanians just experienced, people often enjoy cocktails and sometimes, they overindulge and then move to a public… Read More »

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GunCharges

Can Parents Face Criminal Charges if a Child Uses Their Gun in Pennsylvania?

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

A sad but interesting story recently emerged in Chester County. A 15-year-old boy engaged in a slap box match with two other boys. The sparring match became much more serious when the boy pulled out a gun that belonged to his grandfather, who he lived with at the time. The boy shot one of… Read More »

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Trespass

What is Defiant Trespassing in Pennsylvania?

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

Most people in Pennsylvania are familiar with the term trespassing. The offense occurs when a person enters a property without permission. However, a person may also trespass when they have permission to enter the property, but then refuse to leave when the owner asks. This was the case in a recent story that involved… Read More »

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What is Child Endangerment?

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

Almost ten years after the scandal broke in 2011, the criminal cases involving a former University coach and the University have made the news once again. A federal appeals court has reinstated the defendant’s conviction of child endangerment. The conviction was overturned in 2017 on constitutional grounds but after the most recent decision, the… Read More »

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Wire Fraud is a Very Serious Federal Offense

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

A man was recently charged in federal court with conspiring to sell puppies and other animals over the Internet. The defendant would allegedly accept customers’ money and tell them a puppy or other animal of their choosing would be delivered to them. Shortly afterwards, the customers would receive an email stating there were delivery… Read More »

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When Do Police have the Right to Search Your Vehicle?

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

Recently, a man and woman were charged with several drug offenses after they were stopped on I-77 for a traffic violation. The officer that stopped the couple said that he spoke with the man, who was driving, and over the course of their brief conversation, the officer developed probable cause that illegal activity was… Read More »

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What is the Difference Between Attempted Murder and Aggravated Assault?

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

In late December of 2020, a gentleman was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and a number of other charges. A district court judge read the defendant the charges filed against him after a six-month old girl was found with injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome. Bail was denied for the defendant and he… Read More »

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Parents can Face Penalties for Underage Drinking, Too

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

Underage drinking remains a problem during the pandemic, but a new story has shone a light on some penalties parents may not be aware of. At the beginning of November, a couple from Lancaster County was charged with multiple felony counts for allowing their children to host parties that involved underage drinking in and… Read More »

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