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When do the police have to read me my rights in Pennsylvania?

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

That’s an interesting question. The police have to read you your rights in Pennsylvania, what are known as your Miranda Rights. Your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney and your right to have nothing you say used against you. You’re entitled to those rights when you are in police custody… Read More »

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When do I have the right to an attorney in Pennsylvania?

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

You always have the right to an attorney in Pennsylvania, and thank God for it. Our constitution, whether it be in a civil or a criminal setting, allows you to have an attorney representing you at any time. You can be represented by a lawyer for disputes with the government, and you can be… Read More »

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What steps should I take if I have posted something threatening or incriminating on social media?

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

Take it down immediately. Wipe it out. Don’t allow it to be out there anymore. Take every step possible to take it off of the internet, get it off your social media platforms, and also, don’t do it again.

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What should I do if I am the victim of assault?

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

The first thing you should do if you’re the victim of an assault is called the police,. Notify the police that you’ve been the victim of an assault, collect any evidence that’s there of the assault, and don’t change anything. You want to make sure that when the police get there and your location… Read More »

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What is the difference between a federal lawsuit and a state lawsuit?

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

The law that’s applied in Federal Courts, federal law is applied in rules of civil procedure or rules of criminal procedure. In State Court, Pennsylvania has its own rules of civil procedure and its own rules of criminal procedure. Of course also, you’re in different courthouses. Physically you’re in different places as well. It’s… Read More »

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What does beyond a reasonable doubt mean?

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

That’s a tricky question, and you could go to law school for 3 years and practice for 20 and still be trying to figure that one out. But what the law here in Pennsylvania says, is beyond a reasonable doubt is beyond the point where an ordinary person would pause or hesitate as to… Read More »

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What do I do if there is a warrant out for my arrest in Pennsylvania?

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

Call a good lawyer quick. Immediately. Don’t say anything to anybody. Don’t make any statements to anybody. Don’t have any contact with the police. Call a lawyer and let the lawyer do the talking. The lawyer’s going to make arrangements for you to turn yourself in, in a safe way. In a way that’s… Read More »

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What are the typical steps in a criminal proceeding in Pennsylvania?

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

Steps in a criminal proceeding in Pennsylvania are standard and uniform. If you’re charged with a felony in Pennsylvania, you are arrested. Then you are arraigned and given a bail. You are given then a preliminary hearing. If the charges are held for court after the preliminary hearing, you will then have a pre-trial… Read More »

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What are my rights if I am accused of a crime in Pennsylvania?

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

Your rights in Pennsylvania if you’re accused of a crime are found in our constitution and the constitution of The United States. You have your Bill of Rights. You have the right to presumed innocent. You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to be free from unlawful searches and seizures…. Read More »

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What are Miranda rights or Miranda warnings?

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

The Miranda warnings are warnings that are given to you by the police when you’re in their custody and they’re interrogating you. The Miranda warnings stem from a United States Supreme Court case where the police interrogated a man without telling him what his rights were under the Constitution. You have the right to… Read More »

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