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 […]

Defendant Found Not Guilty of DUI

Defendant NR was found not guilty of DUI following a trial Friday.  NR was stopped by Philadelphia Police and charged with DUI.  Police found an open container in his vehicle and a can of beer in the center console.  When Defendant was arrested he was on probation for firearms charges. Copoulos was retained by Defendant’s […]

Licensing Requirements for Airbnb Rentals

Airbnb is treated differently than standard property rentals in Philadelphia, PA.  Individuals renting property for less than ninety (90) days per year are subject to less stringent licensing requirements.  The Philadelphia City Planning Commission recently addressed this issue.  Section 14-604 of the Code is effectively an “Airbnb Ordinance.”  Per the Ordinance, short term rental properties are are exempt from Philadelphia licensing […]

Useful Forms for Civil and Criminal Cases

The Useful Forms blog provides you with information to help you with your case.  The different links provide information that may assist you in expeditiously resolving your matters.  The forms may be used in conjunction with a free consultation to maximize your visit to our firm. CIVIL FORMS Medical Release (HIPAA) Form Motor Vehicle Accident […]

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 […]