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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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Courtroom

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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Interrog

What Rights Do I Have if I’m Taken in For Questioning?

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

The Sixth Amendment The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides many protections for those arrested, tried, or even brought into the police station for questioning . Unfortunately, this amendment is very broad, which may lead to some confusion for those being questioned. Sometimes in an effort to close a case and get… Read More »

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Does Pennsylvania Have Romeo and Juliet Laws?

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

Young love is a wonderful and exciting thing. However, teenagers are at a confusing age. The law still views many of them as children, yet it’s not uncommon for teens to engage in adult behavior, such as becoming sexually active. When this is the case, it’s important both teenagers involved and their families understand… Read More »

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What You Need to Know About Field Sobriety Tests in Pennsylvania

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

When police officers suspect someone of a DUI they will pull them over and often ask them to perform a number of field sobriety tests. They will use the results of these tests to help prove that the driver was under the influence when they were pulled over. Police officers often try to convince… Read More »

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Arrested

Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer

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

Police were called to the home of an Altoona, Pennsylvania man’s home to investigate alleged animal cruelty. Law enforcement found a flea-infested home and a puppy whose skull had been crushed in, allegedly caused when the man stomped on the Chihuahua’s head. During questioning, the man punched one of the officers in the face,… Read More »

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The Risk of Letting Unauthorized Individuals Drive a Vehicle

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

In recent news, a Philadelphia woman has had charges of homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter dropped. The case though, is ongoing and has many different facets. While the most serious charges were dropped, the woman is still facing charges. It was in June of 2018, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer, when Stephanie Hernandez allowed… Read More »

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Governor Tom Wolf Issues First Act of Clemency in Two Years

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

On December 19, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf commuted a drug dealer’s life sentence. It was his first act of clemency in over two years. With the governor also considering commutation for another individual serving a life sentence, this is good news for anyone currently serving or facing a life sentence in Pennsylvania. Drug Dealer… Read More »

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First Phase of Clean Slate Bill Goes into Effect in Pennsylvania

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

There’s good news for Pennsylvanians! The Clean Slate bill that was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf in June of 2018 has now started to take effect. This new legislation now provides hope for anyone that has been convicted of minor misdemeanor charges in the past ten years. For those that have misdemeanors… Read More »

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What is Reasonable Doubt?

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

Being convicted of murder in Pennsylvania may seem like a hopeless situation. However, those that have been convicted and are currently serving time in jail just received a bit of hope, thanks to the language a judge used in a murder case. The Case of Basil Brooks The case in question was that of… Read More »

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