What is the Philadelphia Lead Disclosure Law

Mark Copoulos is a civil defense trial lawyer in Philadelphia, PA.  One the sorts of cases he handles on a regular basis is Philadelphia Anti Lead Ordinance claims. The Philadelphia Lead Paint and Disclosure Law requires landlords to lead inspect properties built before 1978, where the property is being rented to an individual with children […]

Jail-time for Recording Phone Calls

The Law: It is illegal to record a telephone call in Pennsylvania without both parties consent.  However, it may not be illegal to listen in on a telephone call or play that call on speaker phone to a third party. Technology is evolving at a rapid pace.  Ten years ago the smartphone was in its infant […]

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Pa Superior Court: You Can Sue For Back Rent Without Certificate of Rental Suitability

The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently held that a landlord may collect back rent after bringing his property into compliance with the Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code.  Traditionally, a landlord has been unable to collect back rent for any period of time when she did not have a Housing License, Certificate of Rental Suitability, or Partner for […]

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Not Guilty in Drug Sale Case

The Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys at Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos obtained yet another victory yesterday in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  In Commonwealth v. T.C., Defendant was charged with Conspiracy, Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine, Possession With Intent to Deliver Heroin, and Intentional Possession of a Controlled Substance by a Person not […]

Hearsay

Why Hearsay is Not Enough

Many lawyers will mistakenly tell you that hearsay is enough to prove criminal charges.  They will cite to Commonwealth v. Ricker, 2015 Pa. Super 153 (2015).  The Superior Court in Ricker held that hearsay alone was sufficient to prove criminal charges at a preliminary hearing.  The Defendant’s attorneys appealed the decision to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.  […]

Attempted Murder Charges Dismissed

The Law Office of Mark Copoulos was successful in dismissing felony attempted murder charges.  Defendant was charged with firing a gun at an alleged victim in West Philadelphia. The alleged victim did not recognize the individual who shot him. The victim’s friend stated he could identify the perpetrator. Police ran a criminal background check of […]

Eviction Process in Philadelphia, PA

Evictions in Philadelphia can be difficult and time-consuming.  The property owner must be totally compliant with the Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code to file an eviction. At a minimum, this means a landlord must have a Housing Inspection License, Certificate of Rental Suitability, and related documents to filed a complaint in Landlord-Tenant Court.  While an eviction […]