Police Search Car With Probable Cause

In Pennsylvania, police can now search your vehicle without first obtaining a warrant. The state Supreme Court ruled that police are allowed to search vehicles without a warrant. The state General Assembly, meanwhile, is moving forward with a bill that would give cops the authority to arrest people caught with “suspicious compartments” in their vehicles, […]

Philly Criminal Lawyer on Marijuana Decriminalization

The People want Marijuana legalized.  According to a Franklin & Marshall survey, 56 percent of respondents want to legalize the drug.  Astonishingly, 75 percent of independent voters are in favor of legalization.  65 percent of Democrats favor legalization, with 44 percent of Republicans supporting it.  According to FM the sample error is +/- 4.9 percentage […]

President Judge Orders Criminal Charges

Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 506 gives the Commonwealth discretion to prosecute. They have authority to review private criminal complaints.  If the complaint is unmeritorious the state may decline prosecution.  If charges are difficult to prove the case may not proceed. However, the Courts have the final say.  Pursuant to Pa.R.C.P. 506, the Court may […]

The DA is a Criminal Defendant

The Office of the District Attorney, an organization designed to fight corruption and crime, is being led by a criminal defendant. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams was recently indicted on 23-counts of bribery and related charges.  According to the indictment, Williams is accused of accepting bribes in exchange for professional favors.  He is also accused […]

Defendant NOT GUILTY – DUI Second Offense

Defendant, S.C. had been fighting his case for over two years.  The stakes were simply too high.  He was charged with DUI – Second Offense, and if convicted faced ninety days in prison, fines, license suspensions, and an ignition interlock on his vehicle.  After several months with the public defender, he contacted the Law Office […]

Defendant Found NOT GUILTY of Child Endangerment

Defendant, J.S. was charged with Endangering the Welfare of Children.  Her three year old child was found running the hallways of her apartment complex.  A neighbor called the police.  The police arrived and could not find the child’s mother.  J.S. returned home from work and was promptly arrested.  She was charged with endangering her son. […]