Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorney

If the Police Didn’t Read Me My Rights, Is My Case Dismissed?

By |2019-09-09T05:52:16+00:00February 13th, 2014|Categories: Criminal Defense|Tags: , , , , , |

I can not tell you how many times I am asked this question. The general belief is that police must [...]

How to Avoid a Criminal Record for First-Time Offenders

By |2020-02-25T11:28:09+00:00December 8th, 2013|Categories: Criminal Defense|Tags: , , , , , |

A criminal record can have a serious impact on one’s life including the loss of or inability to obtain future [...]

Pennsylvania Expungement Law Looks To Be Expanded

By |2020-02-25T11:37:34+00:00October 24th, 2013|Categories: Expungement|Tags: , , , , |

Citizens in Pennsylvania with low-level misdemeanor convictions in their past may soon be eligible for an expungement of their criminal [...]

Electronic Discovery Introduced in Philadelphia Municipal Court

By |2020-04-16T14:12:29+00:00October 7th, 2013|Categories: Criminal Defense|Tags: , , , |

In a continuing push to go paperless, Philadelphia courts recently implemented electronic filing (eFiling) in its criminal courts division. This [...]

Possession with Intent to Deliver Narcotics: An Infographic

By |2019-09-07T12:02:37+00:00September 29th, 2013|Categories: Drug Offenses|Tags: , , , |

Possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute is a felony in Pennsylvania. The District Attorney will have [...]

Top Five Biggest Mistakes of the Criminal Defendant

By |2020-02-25T13:40:03+00:00August 27th, 2013|Categories: Criminal Defense|Tags: , , , , , |

Criminal defendants can make a bunch of mistakes between commission of crime and trial. But, some cause significantly more harm [...]

Possession with Intent to Deliver in PA: The Nuts & Bolts

By |2019-09-07T11:59:51+00:00August 5th, 2013|Categories: Drug Offenses|Tags: , , , , |

Possession with intent to deliver narcotics, commonly referred to as PWID, is likely the most charged felony in Philadelphia. You [...]

Social Media is a Powerful Weapon in Court

By |2018-01-19T08:58:02+00:00July 5th, 2013|Categories: Criminal Defense|Tags: , , , , |

The evidentiary trail from social media to a courtroom can be direct and devastating.  An Oregon teenager learned that lesson the [...]

Criminals Beware: Big Brother & Others Are Watching You

By |2019-12-18T12:33:29+00:00June 3rd, 2013|Categories: Criminal Defense|Tags: , , , , , |

In my previous blog post, I discussed how “big brother” uses technology to investigate crimes.  Just weeks later, TV and news [...]

Commonwealth v. B.S.; June 2013

By |2018-01-19T09:02:04+00:00June 1st, 2013|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , , |

Outcome: Not guilty of two counts of possession of a firearm, guilty of DUI. B.S. was facing a state sentence [...]

Can I Get My Criminal Record Expunged in Pennsylvania?

By |2019-09-11T10:11:41+00:00May 24th, 2013|Categories: Expungement|Tags: , , , , , |

Would you run a marathon, leading the entire way only to get to the finish line ahead of the pack [...]

Miller Revisted: Batts Gives Juvenile Lifers New Life

By |2019-09-16T10:17:21+00:00April 30th, 2013|Categories: Juvenile Offenses|Tags: , , , , , |

In Pennsylvania, the law of the land prior to June 25, 2012, was that anyone convicted of first- or second-degree [...]

Technology Has Become Our Own “Big Brother”

By |2019-09-03T16:04:20+00:00March 16th, 2013|Categories: Criminal Defense|Tags: , , , , |

The judge said, “Son, what is your alibi?…If you were somewhere else, then you won’t have to die.” Classic lyrics [...]

To See or Not to See: The Unreliability of Eyewitness Testimony

By |2018-12-28T07:52:39+00:00September 10th, 2012|Categories: Criminal Defense|Tags: , , , , , |

Prosecutor: “You just identified the defendant as the person who robbed you at gunpoint. How sure are you?” Witness:  “I’m 100% sure.” [...]

Experts in Sex Offense Trials Take Away Job of Jury

By |2019-09-07T11:49:14+00:00July 4th, 2012|Categories: Sex Crimes|Tags: , , , , , |

Last week the Pennsylvania General Assembly unanimously approved and the Governor signed an amendment to 42 Pa.C.S. § 5920, which [...]

Commonwealth v. J.W.; February 2009

By |2018-01-19T09:30:42+00:00February 5th, 2009|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , , , , |

Outcome: Judgment of acquittal granted on narcotics and firearm charges. The entire case was dismissed against him before closing arguments. [...]

Commonwealth v. L.D.; February 2008

By |2018-01-19T09:33:03+00:00February 5th, 2008|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , , , , |

Outcome: Not guilty of domestic aggravated assault and related charges following a jury trial.  L.D. faced a certain state sentence [...]

Commonwealth v. T.O.; January 2007

By |2018-01-19T09:29:41+00:00January 5th, 2007|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , , , , |

Outcome: Not guilty of attempted murder, robbery, burglary and firearm charges after jury trial. T.O. was facing a 5-10 year [...]