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February 2016 Archives

Criminal Defense: Pleading Guilty to a Criminal Charge

In the practice of Criminal law and Criminal Defense, one position that an accused might find himself in is whether he or she should consider pleading guilty to a criminal charge. When you are faced with criminal charges, an accused will ultimately have to assess whether or not he wishes to go to trial, file a motion to try and suppress the evidence obtained against him Suppression Motions  and/or enter into a guilty plea agreement with the government. Regardless of where your case is in the criminal justice system, you should try and make sure that you are represented by an experienced Chester County Criminal Defense Attorney who can advise you along the way.

Shoulder surfing man convicted for theft and property crimes

Theft is prevalent across the country, including in Pennsylvania. Theft and property crimes comprise different types of offenses, one of which is identity theft, which occurs when an individual uses another person's identifying information -- without that person's consent -- for purposes that are unlawful. Personal information is more accessible than ever with the increased use of technology.

Expungement of Criminal Records might be expanded in Pennsylvania

Good news has come out recently for individuals that have been accused or convicted in the past of committing crimes in the state of Pennsylvania. The expungement of criminal records might be expanded in Pennsylvania.  A bill has been brought up for debate in the Pennsylvania legislature that would cause for a significant expansion of the right of criminal defendants to have their criminal records expunged. If adopted by the Pennsylvania legislature and accepted by the Governor, then individuals who have been convicted of committing non- violent  Read about Violent Crime charges here misdemeanors of the second and third degree can petition a court of common pleas judge to have their convictions for these crimes expunged.

Sex Crimes: Child Pornography

One of the most frequent Sex Crimes that are charged in the state of Pennsylvania is the Sex Crime of Child Pornography. In the state of Pennsylvania, possession of Child Pornography is a very serious crime. 25 year mandatory in some sex crime convictions  This charge is graded as a felony of the third degree and therefore punishable by a maximum of seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine. In addition, under the Pennsylvania sentencing guidelines, a conviction showing that an accused was in possession of just one image of child pornography can very easily lead to a prison sentence of nine months in county prison. Under Pennsylvania law, each and every image of child pornography is considered to be a felony and punishable by the maximum sentence of seven years in state prison.

Why false confessions can and do happen in criminal cases

Criminal law is complicated. And so is human behavior. When you put a person in an interrogation situation and they are being questioned about a crime, the complexity of the law and of human behavior combine to make for surprising outcomes at times. 

Spring break plans spark need for underage DUI reminder

Even though we are still in the thick of winter, this is the time when families and students start planning their spring break vacations. The Washington Post recently reported on a conversation that's taking place within a community, its school and families regarding underage drinking. 

Violent Crimes: Threatening someone with a firearm

One of the more frequent types of violent crimes that arises in criminal cases occurs when an accused threatens someone with a firearm. Threatening someone with a firearm can range anywhere from pointing a firearm at someone, cocking a gun, or even motioning to a sidearm that an accused may have holstered. Read about justification defenses here  Make sure that you speak with an experienced Chester County Violent Crimes attorney if you are being investigated for or have been charged with violent crimes such as threatening someone with a firearm.

Sex Crimes: Endangering the welfare

There are many serious sex crimes that you can be charged with in the state of Pennsylvania. One of these such sex crimes is the charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Sex Crimes Lawyers  Endangering the Welfare of a Child can be found under section 4304 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code. Contact an experienced Chester County Sex Crimes attorney immediately, if you or a loved one are being investigated by the police for violating the charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

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