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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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What is Firearms Theft in Pennsylvania?

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

It was at the end of May when a Pennsylvania man turned himself in for a connection to a burglary that occurred in January of 2019. He is now facing several charges and among them, is possession of a stolen firearm. So, does theft of a firearm differ from other types of theft? Theft… Read More »

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Is It Illegal to Knowingly Give Police False Information?

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

In the beginning of April, a woman in Pennsylvania was convicted of falsely accusing two state troopers of raping her. She stated one trooper raped her in his police cruiser, and she filed a protection-from-abuse application that stated another trooper had also raped her. The prosecution argued that the statements were false. They also… Read More »

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What is Reckless Endangerment?

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

In mid-April, Derry Borough Mayor Kevin Gross was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, and harassment. The charges came after the mayor pointed a gun at two boys in a neighborhood park, and prevented two girls that were present from calling their parents. No one was hurt during the incident,… Read More »

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Understanding Robbery in Pennsylvania

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

A Jamestown, Pennyslvania man was arrested at the end of April on robbery charges. He drove his friend to the park before ordering him to strip naked at gunpoint. After allegedly firing a single shot around the victim, the man then took all his friend’s belongings and drove off. The man now faces several… Read More »

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Kidnapping is an Extremely Serious Crime in Pennsylvania

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

In late April, neighbors were shocked to hear the story of a man that kidnapped a four-year-old girl and kept her in a wooden trunk in his grandparents’ home. The girl managed to escape and was okay, but the man now faces several charges, including kidnapping. In Pennsylvania, kidnapping is considered one of the… Read More »

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The Difference Between Theft and Embezzlement in Pennsylvania

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

Recently, the founder of Marauder Aquatic Club was accused with stealing nearly $40,000 from the aquatic club over a period of two years. Kyle Almoney, is accused of stealing the funds for his own personal expenses. Those expenses included a trip to Hawaii. Since his arrest, Almoney has been released on bail. The case… Read More »

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What is a Criminal Mistrial, and What Does It Mean for a Case?

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

Recently, the case of a man accused of shooting a clerk in a Pennsylvania gas station in October of 2017 ended in a mistrial. After deliberating for nearly five hours, the jury could not agree on a verdict for the charges. This is known as a hung jury and in Pennsylvania, is just one… Read More »

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