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Differentiating Between Residential And Commercial Burglary

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

There has recently been a string of burglaries in Montgomery County. The suspects have not been found by police and it is unclear as to whether the same suspects were involved in all burglaries. The interesting part of the story from a legal perspective is that all of the burglaries took place in commercial… Read More »

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Making Bomb Threats Is Not A Prank, It Is A Serious Crime

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

The police in West Lampeter Township are looking for a man who robbed a local bank in mid-March. The man visited the bank and pulled up to the drive-thru window. Once facing a teller, he handed them a note that stated he had a bomb and demanded money. He left with an undisclosed amount… Read More »

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What Does The Prosecution Have To Prove For Drug Distribution Resulting In Death?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

The opioid epidemic continues to rage throughout Pennsylvania, and across the entire country. According to the CDC, fatal overdoses due to opioids are happening at a rate of six time more than they have since 1999. These deaths are tragic and for some, they can even result in criminal charges. That was the case… Read More »

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Carjacking Can Result In Decades In Prison

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

A Philadelphia man was recently convicted to 11 years in prison for carjacking and armed robbery in the city. The sentence may seem harsh, but it is actually fairly light considering it is for two charges with carjacking being just one. In Pennsylvania, a conviction for carjacking alone can means decades spent in prison… Read More »

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Four Things To Know About Statutory Sexual Assault In Pennsylvania

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, a man from Nanticoke was arrested for several child sex crimes, including multiple felony counts of statutory sexual assault. Of all the child sex crimes, this is one of the most serious, even though people may not realize it. Charges of statutory sexual assault are also largely misunderstood. If you are facing charges,… Read More »

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Stealing A Pet: Kidnapping Or Theft?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

A couple were recently the victim of two separate thefts that occurred on consecutive days. The first theft occurred on January 18, when they allege someone broke into their home and stole approximately $20,000 in cash, which was stored under their mattress. The next evening, the thief returned and stole their three-month-old puppy that… Read More »

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The Penalties For Theft Of A Motor Vehicle Are Harsh In Pennsylvania

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

At the end of January, a local Police Department released a statement saying they are searching for a trailer that was stolen in Bucks County. The trailer was stolen from a business some time between early December and early January. Law enforcement is offering a reward to anyone who can provide information about the… Read More »

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What Does It Mean To Have A Conviction Set Aside In Pennsylvania?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, a man had his conviction set aside for a murder he was accused of committing in 1990. He was charged along with another man for the murder of a women just days before Christmas 30 years ago. The second man committed suicide while he was in prison and the first has been on… Read More »

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What Is Indecent Exposure In Pennsylvania?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Local police are currently searching for a man who exposed himself in public. In early February, the unknown man entered a discount retail store, exposing himself and inappropriately touching himself in plain view of another customer. Indecent exposure is a criminal offense in Pennsylvania, and one that many believe they understand. The law is… Read More »

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Understanding Robbery In Pennsylvania: There Is More Than One Type

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, a couple was returning to their vehicle after leaving a bar in Philadelphia, when they were robbed at gun point by two men wearing ski masks. The male victim gave the robbers $500 in cash before the two suspects left the scene. During the interaction, one of the suspects had a handgun and… Read More »

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