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What is Simple Assault?

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

An 18-year-old man has recently plead guilty to a number of charges relating to the assault of three young girls he dated over a period of four years. Among the many charges he is facing, the most minor is simple assault. Unlike what many people think, simple assault does not always have to include… Read More »

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What are Terroristic Threats Under Pennsylvania Law?

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

Americans are all too familiar with terrorism and in many cases, how the law applies to acts of terror. A man was arrested in eastern Pennsylvania for armed robbery, terroristic threats, and other charges. An explanation of what is terroristic threats, and the possible penalties one might face, are described below. What are Terroristic… Read More »

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The Difference Between Burglary and Home Invasion in Pennsylvania

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

In early September, police in western Pennsylvania began an investigation into a case in which two people entered a woman’s home. When leaving the home, one suspect fled out the front door after opening fire into the home, while the second suspect fled out the back door. When police arrived, they found the body… Read More »

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Drug Dealer or Murderer? The Charge of Drug Delivery Resulting in Death

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

Many people think that if a person is caught selling drugs in Pennsylvania, the harshest charge they will face is possession with intent to deliver. Although this charge carries very harsh penalties for those convicted, there is a much more serious charge people may face, depending on the type of drug they sold or… Read More »

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An Overview of Sex Crimes in Pennsylvania

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

A recent story broke in which a Pennsylvania man was arrested for allegedly meeting up with minors to engage in sexual acts. The man is now facing charges of second-degree rape, second-degree criminal sex act, and second-degree disseminating indecent material to a minor, among others. The story is very difficult to hear and also… Read More »

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What to Do if You Have Been Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence

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

Domestic violence is taken very seriously in Pennsylvania, and for good reason. No one should ever be the victim of this type of abuse but sometimes, people make false accusations. A person may falsely accuse someone of domestic violence so a judge will rule in their favor during a child custody dispute. Or, an… Read More »

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What is a De Facto Life Sentence?

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

The case of the “Serial Suburban Burglar” was heard in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in early October. The court was divided on the opinion and now, the public is as well. The man accused of burglarizing 31 homes in 2016, was sentenced to a jail term between 58 and 116 years, which is harsh,… Read More »

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Types of Robbery in Pennsylvania

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

Recently, two men were arrested in Swissvale in connection with a number of armed robberies in Westmoreland and Washington Counties. They were also accused of robbing a convenience store in the Pittsburgh area in early August. The men are currently in custody after a coordinated effort between three different counties in the state. While… Read More »

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When can Police Search Your Car in Pennsylvania?

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

Recently there was a story of a man that was pulled over for a fairly insignificant traffic violation, and ended up facing serious drug charges after police officers searched his vehicle. Law enforcement officials stopped the man on I-77 North and, after spotting drug paraphernalia and marijuana in the vehicle, conducted a search which… Read More »

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Can You Use Force in Pennsylvania to Defend Yourself?

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

An interesting story arose at the end of July. A man was charged with murder after getting into an altercation with a second man. The first man states that he was with a friend when a group of people approached him and he was thrown to the ground. The first man turned over and… Read More »

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