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Eyewitness Identifications

By Grant Bloomdahl |

We’ve all seen it on TV or perhaps in real life: a witness testifies that the defendant is the person who committed the crime and that he or she saw the defendant do it. On TV, the scene typically accompanies dramatic music and a forthright appearance that the defendant is obviously guilty. While witness… Read More »

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Felon Voting Rights in Pennsylvania

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

Voting is a sacred right in any democracy, and sadly six million Americans have had their right to vote taken away from them because they are either in prison, on parole, on probation, or have not completed their post-sentencing voting wait period, according to Vice News. In fact, some convicted felons have actually been… Read More »

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What Megan’s Law Could Mean For Your Future

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

Being convicted of a sex crime, public indecency crime, or child pornography crime is serious, and has life-long lasting ramifications long past your date of release from prison or jail. In addition to heavy incarceration penalties for certain sex related offenses, Pennsylvania law requires that all sex offenders register with a state database. If… Read More »

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Lawyer Confidentiality

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

Lawyer confidentiality is one of the most sacred aspects of the lawyer-client relationship. According to the American Bar Association, attorneys are bound to keep written and oral information shared with them by their client confidential unless their client gives them permission to share it with others specified. This means that this confidential information cannot… Read More »

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Unlawful Restraint

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

A Pennsylvania man was recently charged with a laundry list of serious criminal offenses when he stabbed and shot to death his 14-year-old cousin. The 20-year-old defendant allegedly stabbed his cousin over 80 times and shot her in the temple with a firearm. She died days after the brutal attack, and forensic evidence shows… Read More »

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Rape Versus Statutory Sexual Assault

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

There are many misconceptions surrounding sexual assault and the penalties that a defendant faces when charged with rape versus statutory rape (now referred to as statutory sexual assault). It is important to keep in mind that one offense is not necessarily punished the same as another. The age of the victim, age of the… Read More »

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Attorney Richard Kravets Secures Not Guilty Verdict

By Grant Bloomdahl |

This past week, Attorney Richard Kravets secured a not guilty verdict for a client accused of misdemeanor crimes that he didn’t commit. State officials charged the Defendant with having committed terroristic threats and simple assault. Defendant was accused of violently punching and gripping a complaining witness, and thereby causing injury. The Defendant was also… Read More »

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Possession vs. Possession with Intent to Sell

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

When facing a drug offense, there is a big difference between simple possession and possession with the intent to sell or distribute. Simple possession of marijuana (up to 30 grams) is a misdemeanor charge, whereas possession with intent to sell is a felony, according to statute 780-113. But how does the prosecution prove that… Read More »

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Child Malnourishment

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

Child endangerment is charged as a serious crime, and endangerment takes many forms. From allowing a pre-teen to drive a car, leaving a five-year-old alone while the parents go out for dinner, to issues of malnourishment, child endangerment affects thousands of children throughout Pennsylvania and millions across the country. As such, law enforcement comes… Read More »

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Figuring Out Arson Sentencing – What’s the Difference?

By Grant Bloomdahl |

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines arson as: “[t]he willful or malicious burning of property (such as a building) especially with criminal or fraudulent intent.” Each year Pennsylvania police agencies receive around 1,500 reports of arson. Seventy percent of these arson crimes go unsolved or explained in some other fashion outside of criminal charges. Obviously, these statistics… Read More »

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