Terroristic Threats Lawyer

Terroristic Threats Lawyer

Terroristic Threats Attorneys Philadelphia Terroristic Threats Lawyer Mark D. Copoulos has successfully defended the charge of Terroristic Threats.  In Pennsylvania, the crime of Terroristic Threats is governed by Section 2706 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code.  Under the Code, a person commits the crime of terroristic threats if the person communicates, either directly or indirectly, a […]

When do Police Need a Search Warrant?

Search Warrant

When Do Police Need a Search Warrant? The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the People from unreasonable searches and seizures.  In Pennsylvania, an unreasonable search occurs when police violate a “reasonable expectation of privacy.”  As a general rule a search or seizure of a citizen’s home without a warrant is presumed unreasonable.  […]

Philadelphia Firearms Charges

Philadelphia Firearms Charges

Philadelphia Firearms Charges Philadelphia Gun Lawyer Mark D. Copoulos has experience defending Philadelphia Firearm Charges.  Philadelphia firearms charges can carry heavy penalties.  Most Philadelphia firearms charges carry the prospect of incarceration, especially if the defendant is charged with a second offense.  In Pennsylvania, gun laws are governed by the Violation of Uniform Firearms Act.  The […]

Filing a Petition for Return of Property

Petition for Return of Property

What is a Petition for Return of Property? A petition for return of property is a legal method to recover item seized by police during arrest. In Philadelphia, every year thousands of individuals are arrested and their items seized by law enforcement. These items are placed on a property receipt and held by the government […]

Motion to Suppress

Motion to Suppress

Motion to Suppress Lawyer A Motion to Suppress may be a legal basis to preclude evidence.  If evidence is obtained illegally it must be suppressed.  Since suppressed evidence cannot be used  a motion to suppress may be determinative.  The Pennsylvania Superior Court has decided the case of Commonwealth v. Barr, holding that the odor of […]

Litigating a Rule 600 Motion to Dismiss or Motion for Bail

Litigating a Rule 600 Motion to Dismiss or Motion for Bail

What is Rule 600? In Pennsylvania, every citizen has a right to a prompt trial.  Under Pennsylvania Rule 600, an individual is eligible for release on nominal bail if he is incarcerated for more than 180 days before his trial.  Further, the Rule states that trial shall commence within 365 days.  In reality, most significant […]

Self Defense in Pennsylvania

Self Defense in Pennsylvania

Self Defense in Pennsylvania The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has recently affirmed the case of Commonwealth v. Torres through Commonwealth v. Lineman, holding that the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that defendant did not act in self-defense, when there is evidence of self defense raised by the Defendant. This is a major decision, as […]

Pa. Super. Ct. Rules Time of Blood Draw is Testimonial Evidence

Time of Blood Draw, Second Offenses

Pa. Super. Ct. Rules Time of Blood Draw is Testimonial Evidence. The Pennsylvania Superior Court has decided the case of Commonwealth v. Hajdarevic, 2020 Pa. Super. 175. In this case, the Court held that the time a defendant’s blood is drawn is testimonial evidence for purposes of the Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause. In other words, […]

Hearsay at Preliminary Hearing

Hearsay at Preliminary Hearing, Bail Motion

Using hearsay at a preliminary hearing is subject to limitations.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided the case of Commonwealth v. McClelland, holding that hearsay alone is insufficient to establish a prima facie case at a preliminary hearing.  This is a landmark decision since the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently held in Commonwealth v Ricker, that […]

Emergency Housing Protection Act

Emergency Housing Protection Act

PHILADELPHIA EMERGENCY HOUSING PROTECTION ACT  The Philadelphia City Counsel has passed the Emergency Housing Protection Act (“EHPA”).  The city law imposes strict compliance requirements on landlords to evict tenants following the COVID-19 pandemic.  The EHPA has already been challenged by the Homeowners Association of Philadelphia (HAPCO) as unconstitutional in federal court. The EHPA was passed […]