Four Methods to Get Defendant out of Prison Four Methods that MAY be effective in getting Defendant out of Prison: 1. Motion to Reduce Bail 2. House Arrest 3. Rule 600 4. Intensive Supervision Mark D. Copoulos discusses four specific ways to get a defendant out of prison in Philadelphia, PA. ** PLEASE NOTE ** This legal advice is jurisdiction specific to [...]

Right of Redemption in Pennsylvania

Every year thousands of properties are sold at sheriff sale under tax lien foreclosure. The Office of the Sheriff of Philadelphia sells the property to collect on unpaid taxes. These properties are often sold at a fraction of their actual value. Investors are rightfully leery to purchase properties at tax lien sheriff sale because of […]

Defending Tenant Lawsuits

It is not uncommon for landlords in Philadelphia, PA to be sued by their tenants. If the landlord has insurance they may refer this claim to their provider. If the landlord does not have insurance, they may have to opt to retain an attorney to defend the claim. There are multiple strong defenses to a […]

Sealing a Criminal Record

PA “Clean Slate Bill” Provides LIMITED Relief to Individuals Convicted of Certain Misdemeanors More Than Ten Years Ago The Pennsylvania Clean Slate Bill, passed in 2017, provides for sealing of most summary and criminal offenses after ten (10) years, where the defendant has not incurred new felony or misdemeanor convictions. The Pennsylvania Senate ordered creation […]

SORNA is Not Retroactive

The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently decided the case of Commonwealth v. Fernandez.  In Fernandez, the Pennsylvania Court held that the government cannot impose heightened, retroactive sexual registration requirements on Defendants who violate their probation.  The case effectively bars the government or judiciary from retroactively imposing the increasingly stringent registration requirements of SORNA. In Fernandez, the […]

Defendant Found Not Guilty of Aggravated Assault

The Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos obtained a verdict to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving week.  Defendant A.R. was charged with Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Aggravated Assault.  At the preliminary hearing Copoulos was able to get the Recklessly Endangering Another charges dismissed for lack of evidence.  The case proceeded to […]

$37,500 Verdict in Fraud Claim

The Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos obtained two $37,500.00 verdicts this week on behalf of siblings defrauded by their brother.  Plaintiff’s E.W. and D.W. were supposed to receive a payout following the death of their father.  Their father A.W. died intestate and had a valuable property in South Philadelphia.  E.W. and D.W. signed Letters […]