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Posted on January 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Been Arrested or Questioned, You Have Rights-Use Them!

If you or a loved one have been arrested or questioned in relation to a crime (even if you are completely innocent of that crime): 1) obtain an attorney and 2) cease all communications with law enforcement, except to inform them of the fact that you have invoked your right to counsel. The right to remain silent and the right to an attorney are two of the basic rights available to everyone accused of a crime; they are so important t...

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Pennsylvania Courts challenge the reliability of certain breathalyzers in DUI cases

Posted on December 31, 2014 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Pennsylvania Courts challenge the reliability (and admissibility) of certain breathalyzers in Pennsylvania DUI cases, in particular the Intoxilyzer 5000

1. The December 31, 2012 Court of Common Pleas Opinion Ruling Breathalyzer Evidence Unreliable

In December 2012, a Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas challenged the reliability (and admissibility) of certain breathalyzers in Pennsylvania DUI cases, in particular the Intoxilyzer 5000. Relying on expert testimony, the Court in Commo...

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Statutes of Limitations

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

What is a Statute of Limitations?

A statute of limitations is a deadline imposed by the law which represents the maximum time after an event has occurred that legal proceedings based on that event may be initiated. For example, if your automobile is damaged in a motor vehicle collision on December 21, 2012 the two year statute of limitations allows you to sue the parties responsible for that loss provided the lawsuit is commenced on or before December 20, 2014.

 

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Expunging Criminal Records in PA

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Summary Offenses.

Pennsylvania has three basic classifications of convictions (summary offenses, misdemeanors, and felonies). A summary offense is any minor crime, initially heard and decided by a district justice. Many violations of the Motor Vehicle Code, such as speeding, illegal parking and going through a red light, are summary offenses. Non-traffic summary offenses can include disorderly conduct, underage drinking, harassment, criminal mischief and first offense shoplifting...

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