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Pennsylvania’s Revenge Porn Law

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

Following a number of highly publicized cases involving the posting of nude or intimate photos of former romantic partners on the internet, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed a “revenge porn” law. Those convicted of this crime face serious consequences, including jail time and hefty fines. If you were recently charged with violating the revenge porn… Read More »

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New Law Redefines Criminal Assault

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

In October, Governor Wolf signed a new bill into law that makes non-lethal choking a form of assault. Prior to the introduction of this bill, no criminal law specifically addressed the act of intentionally interfering with a person’s breathing. The new law could have significant repercussions for those accused of domestic violence, so if… Read More »

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Plea Bargains

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

Criminal trials can be emotionally and financially grueling. For this reason, some defendants choose to accept plea bargains offered by prosecutors in an effort to avoid trial and possibly harsh sentences. However, plea bargains are not always the best course of action for a defendant and in some cases, could lead to a person… Read More »

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New Law Would Allow for the Collection of DNA From Convicted Offenders

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

In October, Pennsylvania’s Appropriations Committee amended and re-reported a bill that was originally introduced in March 2015. If passed, Senate Bill 683 could have serious repercussions for those accused of crimes across the state as it would significantly amend current law regarding the collection of DNA from convicted defendants. If you live in or… Read More »

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Victimless Sex Offenses

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

In Pennsylvania, sex crimes are divided into two categories. One category includes misdemeanor offenses, while the other covers felony crimes. Within the misdemeanor category are what are referred to as victimless sex crimes, which are offenses that involve a sex act between two consenting adults. Types of Offenses There are a number of crimes… Read More »

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Filing an Appeal in Pennsylvania

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

In Pennsylvania, people who have been convicted of a crime and can establish that they did not receive a fair trial, may be able to appeal their conviction. Filing an appeal is a time-consuming and complex process, so if you were recently convicted of a crime and have reason to believe that you are… Read More »

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Newly Released Supreme Court Decision May Significantly Impact Pennsylvania DUI Law

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

In a recently published opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court readdressed the legality of administering a blood test during an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI). It is anticipated that the Court’s decision will have a significant impact on how DUI cases are handled in Pennsylvania, so if you are being investigated for or… Read More »

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New Law Would Broaden Parameters of Hate Crimes in Pennsylvania

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

This summer, a Pennsylvania legislator proposed a bill that would make assaulting a police officer a hate crime. If passed, this law could have a significant impact on how assaults are prosecuted in the state and may also disproportionately affect certain members of the community. Assaults are considered serious offenses in Pennsylvania, especially if… Read More »

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New Bill Aims to Amend Statute of Limitations in Sexual Abuse

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

This summer a new law aimed at amending the statute of limitations rules in sexual offense cases was introduced. If passed, House Bill 1947 would drastically change the current law regarding legal time limits in which an individual can file a claim of sexual abuse. The bill was overwhelmingly passed by the House of… Read More »

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New Law Allows for Expungement of Misdemeanor Criminal Records

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

Next month, a new law which allows for expungement of certain criminal records will go into effect in Pennsylvania. Aimed at decreasing recidivism, the law offers an opportunity for many individuals convicted of low-level misdemeanors to start over with a clean slate. Expungement In recent decades, as more and more individuals were charged and… Read More »

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