Not Guilty Verdicts on DUI and REAP

Defendant, T.N., was facing criminal charges that would have life altering consequences if convicted.  She was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Recklessly Endangering Another Person “REAP”.  The allegations were that T.N. drove her Nissan Maxima while severely impaired.  Police were alerted to the situation when T.N. struck another vehicle on 95-N. […]

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 […]