What is a Preliminary Hearing?

WHAT IS A PRELIMINARY HEARING? A preliminary hearing is the first formal stage of a felony criminal matter in Pennsylvania.  After a defendant is arrested he appears before a bail commissioner.  The commissioner will set his bail and schedule a preliminary hearing.  If defendant has been charged with felony offenses he will be listed for […]

What is the ARD Program?

 WHAT IS ARD – ACCELERATED REHABILITATIVE DISPOSITION? ARD or Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition is a program for first-time criminal offenders in the state of Pennsylvania.  If successfully completed, the program results in a complete expungement of your criminal record. This means you should pass most state background checks following successful completion of the program. ARD is […]

Copoulos Wins PWID Case

Defendant, R.C., was charged with Possession With Intent to Deliver 35 § 780-113 §§ A30, Conspiracy 18 § 903, and Intentional Possession of a Controlled Substance 35 § 780-113 §§A16.  If convicted, R.C. faced a parole violation.  Faced with the possibility of imminent incarceration, R.C. contacted the Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos to fight […]

What is the Philadelphia Lead Paint Ordinance?

WHAT IS THE PHILADELPHIA LEAD PAINT ORDINANCE? The Philadelphia Lead Paint Disclosure Law (Chapter 6-800) requires landlords to certify that a property is “lead free” or “lead safe” before the property is rented to prospective tenants.  According to the Ordinance which is enforced in Philadelphia Civil Court, a Certified Lead Inspector must inspect housing targeted […]

Secretly Recording Phone Calls is Illegal

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 […]

Drug Exchange

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 at the Preliminary Hearing

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 […]