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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. Those being questioned have the right to a speedy trial,… 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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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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CrimRecord

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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CrimDef5

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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Destructive Devices

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

Destructive devices that appeared to be pipe bombs were recently sent to CNN headquarters, as well as the homes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and billionaire investor George Soros, as reported by CNN. All of the bombs were intercepted before they were opened by the intended recipients, and no one was hurt…. Read More »

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Police

New Protest Laws Are Popping Up All Over the Country

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

We are living in a new age of American protests. From Women’s Marches, Black Lives Matter, ANTIFA, and DAPL pipeline resistance movements, to Unite the Right, various “Alt. right” or white supremacist groups, and anti-abortion groups, there are protests occurring nearly every week in every state. The right to protest is protected in the… Read More »

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I Know That I Am Innocent; Do I Still Need an Attorney?

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

There is an unfortunate misconception that if you are charged with a crime and you know that you are innocent, then the mistake will eventually be realized by police, the prosecutor, the judge, or the jury, and you will be set free after being offered a sincere apology. The truth could not be more… Read More »

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