Not Guilty: Copoulos Obtains Full Acquittal in Assault Case

Commonwealth v. J.O. Philadelphia criminal lawyer Mark D. Copoulos obtained another outstanding verdict of Not Guilty.  Copoulos represented two co-defendants simultaneously who were accused of Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Conspiracy.  Both co-defendants were found not guilty of all charges by waiver trial. J.O. and C.L. faced misdemeanor assault charges.  According to the […]

Phila Court: Philadelphia Lead Disclosure Law (PLDCL) Does Not Cover Former Tenants

The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas recently heard the case of Houston v. Analaris Homes, 161101449.  The case sheds light on topical issues surrounding the Philadelphia Lead Disclosure and Certification law (PLDCL).  Section 6-809 of the Philadelphia Code governs the PLDCL. Litigation arises with respect to the PLDCL’s obligations imposed on landlords.  Per the Law, any landlord […]

FAQs About Landlord Tenant Law

FAQs About Landlord-Tenant Law Q: What documents do I need to file an eviction? A: At a minimum, to file an eviction in Philadelphia, PA you will need a Housing Inspection License, Certificate of Rental Suitability, Partner for Good Housing Handbook, Notice to Vacate, and a Lease.  In some situations you may not need all these […]

Top Three Robbery Defenses

Robbery is a serious offense in Pennsylvania.  Individuals charged with the crime of robbery often face incarceration, unlike many defendants charged with non-violent offenses.  With so much at stake, it is critical you examine all defenses to a robbery charge.  This blog highlights some defenses that may be available to you if you have been […]

Do I Have to Talk to the Police?

SHOULD I TALK TO THE POLICE? Many individuals mistakenly assume that because the police engage them in conversation they must answer questions.  This is not true.  The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 8 of the Pennsylvania Constitution guarantees a right against self-incrimination.  Succinctly stated, this means you do not […]

What is a Preliminary Hearing in Pennsylvania?

WHAT IS A PRELIMINARY HEARING IN PENNSYLVANIA? Mark D. Copoulos, Esquire is a Philadelphia criminal defense attorney representing individuals charged with misdemeanor and criminal offenses in Pennsylvania.  Copoulos is known as an aggressive litigator and wins criminal cases on a regular basis.  Felony criminal cases start with a preliminary hearing.  The preliminary hearing is the […]

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 […]