The first proceeding, after a criminal complaint is filed or an is arrest made, is the preliminary arraignment.  Prior to this hearing there will probably be an interview with the Bail Agency to assist the judge in setting bail.  At the preliminary arraignment the charges will be given to you and bail will be set.  […]

Gun Laws in PA.

Philadelphia Inquirer had a article on gun  laws in Penna.   Here is the link:

The Criminal Process: Part I – Getting an Attorney

There are few things in life that are worse than having to contact a criminal attorney.  It usually means that you, a friend, or a close family member has been arrested (or is going to be arrested) by the police.  Unfortunately, it also suggests a large outlay of money, sleepless nights, the possibility of a […]


Last year Pennsylvania passed a law which the Governor signed giving people with misdemeanor criminal records the chance to have their record expunged. Some criminal records can be expunged automatically but some will need the individual to file a petition with the court. Some convictions cannot be expunged under this law. Felony convictions cannot be […]

Loss of License for Drug Conviction

Anyone convicted of a drug offense knows there is the possibility of jail time, house arrest or probation.  The person convicted also knows he/she will be burdened with a criminal record.  What many people don’t know is that such a conviction carries a suspension of your driver’s license. Under 75 Pa.C.S.A. Section 1532(c) if a […]


My last blog was about the intersection with Facebook and the criminal law. Today the blog concerns the civil law and Facebook. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog there is a Georgia case regarding a parent’s liability for what their child writes on his/her Facebook account. In this case the […]

Car Searches According To Pennsylvania Law

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution states as follows: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to […]

DUI: Victims Speak Out

Whether in magazines or TV advertisements, attractive young men and beautiful women make drinking alcohol seem cool. Commercials for beer, wine and spirits associate the products with relaxation, having fun, or being sexy. However, never do commercials show reality: men and women driving under the influence (dui), and causing accidents leaving their victims severely injured, […]

The Cost Of Having A DUI

Repercussions from a DUI conviction significantly exceed the damage it does to your finances. Click here for more information on driving under the influence. It’s really important to know just how deep the roots of  a DUI go. Here are the top 15 costs of having a DUI on your record–just in case you think about […]

Driving Under The Influence

Causing A Death While Driving Under The Influence  Whenever a death occurs as a result of an automobile accident one of the first things the police investigate is determining whether alcohol or drugs played any part in the cause of the incident. If the driver is found to be under the influence of either substance […]

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