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November 2015 Archives

Indecent Exposure sex crimes charge

There are many different sex crimes that an individual can be charged with in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Sex Crime Lawyers  These charges range from felonies of the first degree which are punishable by up to 20 years in state prison to Misdemeanors of the second degree which are punishable up to 2 years in state prison. One particular sex crime which occurs more than you would think in Pennsylvania Indecent Exposure sex crimes charge. If you are being investigated for a sex crime such as Indecent Exposure, make sure to contact an experienced Chester County Indecent Exposure lawyer immediately to assist you with your Insecent Exposure Sex Crimes charge.

Drug Crimes and Reasonable Suspicion

The case of Rodriguez vs. the United States was a landmark drug crimes case decided by the United States Supreme Court in 2015. In the case of Rodriguez vs. the United States, the United States Supreme Court addressed the issue of how long an officer can delay a motorist stopped for a traffic violation so that the officer can call in a canine to search the motorist's car for drugs.  Defending Drug Crimes In the Rodriguez case, the police officer called for a police dog to come and search Mr. Rodriguez's car about seven minutes after the ticket for Mr. Rodriguez was written by the police officer. Justice Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court stated: "Absent reasonable suspicion, police extension of a traffic stop in order to conduct a dog sniff violates the Constitution's shield against unreasonable seizures." Five other Supreme Court justices agreed with Justice Ginsburg and only three Supreme Court Justices disagreed with her.

DUI: probable Cause

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges in Pennsylvania can be very serious crimes. If your blood alcohol content is over a .016% or you have illegal narcotics in your blood stream you are considered to be in the highest tier for sentencing purposes.  Read about DUI Tiers here If you are convicted with your third DUI in the past ten years and your BAC is over a .016% or you have illegal narcotics in your system, then you will be facing a mandatory 1 year in Pennsylvania state prison. Because of the serious nature of DUI charges, in particularly for individuals driving with either illegal drugs in their system or with a blood alcohol content of a .016% or higher, you should strongly consider hiring an experienced Chester County DUI lawyer.

Drug Crimes and Addiction

Drug crimes are not just serious charges which can call for extended periods in prison, but they can also take a huge toll on the soul in the form of addiction. Frequently, individuals who are charged with drug crimes such as heroine or prescription drugs are not just casual users of the drugs, but addicts. As an attorney, handling cases such as these is very different than handling the typical criminal case. Defending Drug Crimes  The reason is that the client and typically the client's family is looking for solace from the battle against addiction. As an accused or a loved one accused, there are several things that you should keep in mind when searching for an experienced criminal defense attorney to handle the drug case of an individual fighting addiction.

Sex Crimes: Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse

Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse is an extraordinarily serious crime. Very similar to rape, a person who is found guilty of committing Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse can face anywhere from a maximum of 20 years in state prison to life in prison. What should I know anoout Sex Crimes?  If you have been charged or you are being investigated for committing Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, make sure to contact an experienced Chester County Sex Crimes lawyer immediately.

Sex Crimes: What should I know?

Charged with Sex Crimes? It is easy to feel helpless, if you are either being investigated or have been charged with one of the various Sex Charges in the state of Pennsylvania. Not only does the conviction and investigation for committing sex charges carry a stigma among your friends, family and associates, but a conviction for a sex charge Internet Sex Crimes typically calls for a lengthy jail sentence. If you or a loved one are being investigated or have been charged with a Sex Crime, you should seriously consider hiring an experienced Chester County Sex Crimes Attorney immediately.

Portable Breath Tests (PBT)

Portable Breath Tests (PBTS) are tests that the police use to allegedly measure the level of alcohol in an individual's system. The way Portable Breath Tests work is that an accused is asked to breath into a small handheld machine so that the machine can measure the amount of alcohol in the person's body. Typically PBTS are used by the police as a law enforcement tool in cases where the police suspect that an individual is under the influence of alcohol. This normally occurs in cases concerning allegations of Driving Under the Influence, DUI license suspensions Underage Drinking and perhaps Disorderly Conduct charges. If someone is being investigates for one of those crimes, they should expect to be asked by the police to submit to a PBT.

Assault Crimes

If you are charged with assault crimes in Pennsylvania, you could be facing a significant amount of time in prison. Accordingly, there are several steps that you should probably take: First, make sure that you become aware of the applicable defenses to assault charges in Pennsylvania. Second, contact an experienced Chester County Assault Lawyer who can advise you on the appropriate steps you should be taking to defend yourself.  Don't speak to the police without a lawyer And finally, consider hiring a private investigator so that you can properly assess the strength of the government's case against you.

Defending Drug Crimes

One of the primary way too defend against drug charges is to challenge the manner in which law enforcement seized the drugs. This can be done in several different ways. Defending Intent to Deliver cases First, you can challenge the manner and the basis for which the police stopped the accused's car or person. Second, you can challenge the police officer's decision to search an accused's car or person for illegal narcotics. And finally, you can also challenge whether the police had probable cause to arrest a defendant for either the possession or distribution of illegal narcotics.


Sexting is a topic which has been in the news quite a bit recently. In particularly, Three Tredyffrin/Easttown district middle school students are facing charges of Sexting inappropriate pictures of their classmates all of whom are under 18 years of age. The three young men were charged in Chester County juvenile court with various crimes involving the possession and Sexting of inappropriate pictures of minors. read more about these cases here  The intriguing issue in the case is that some of the students did not possess actual naked photos of their classmates, but instead imposed pictures of some of their classmates faces on naked bodies that they found on the internet and texted these pictures to some of their friends.

Leaving the scene of an accident

Leaving the scene of an accident can be a very serious charge. If you are being investigated for leaving the scene of an accident, make sure to hire an experienced Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyer immediately. The way that you respond to questions from law enforcement can directly effect the strength of the government's case and their decision about whether or not to charge you for a crime. Defending DUI Homicide cases  At the Kelly Law Firm, our attorneys are experienced former government prosecutors who know how the police investigate a crime. If you have been in an accident and have left the scene, contact an experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney immediately.

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