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 […]

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 […]

Philadelphia 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 written or verbal lease.  In some situations you may […]

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 […]