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Opioid Homicide Charges

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

A Galeton, Pennsylvania criminal case involving an opioid overdose led to the arrest and prosecution of a Lewistown woman for murder, as reported by the Olean Times Herald. The defendant was sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison for one count of drug delivery resulting in death, which is a first degree felony…. Read More »

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Pennsylvania Doctor Charged with Deaths of Opioid Overdose of Five Patients

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

On December 21, 2017, federal prosecutors in Harrisburg, PA announced a Pennsylvania doctor has been charged with the deaths of five patients. The doctor allegedly caused the deaths from an opioid overdose. Over a 19-month time span that ended in July, Dr. Raymond Kraynak prescribed almost 3 million doses of opioids. Kraynak issued more… Read More »

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Not All Murder Charges Are the Same – Exploring Felony Murder

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

All murder is not the same. Murder is separated into different categories and the level of the charge determines the penalties. Retaining a murder defense attorney immediately after being charged can help minimize the potential maximum punishment. Murder is not as clear cut as people think. The different types of murder charges in Pennsylvania… Read More »

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