Violation of Probation

Violation of Probation Lawyer

VOP REQUIRES NEW CRIME A violation of probation lawyer may assist in obtaining the release of a defendant arrested while on probation.  The Pennsylvania Superior Court has decided the case of Commonwealth v. Giliam, No. 3882 EDA 2016.  In this case the Superior Court held that to violate probation a defendant must either; 1.) violate […]

Philadelphia Tenants Rights

Tenants Rights have expanded under recent legislation.  On October 26, 2011 Philadelphia City Council passed § 9-804 of the Philadelphia Code.  The ordinance expands tenants rights.  Under the law tenants have rights in Philadelphia Landlord/Tenant Court to contest evictions.  It is important that landlords and tenants are aware of tenant rights as they are increasingly […]

Notice to Vacate

Notice to Vacate

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS OF A NOTICE TO VACATE In Pennsylvania a landlord must terminate a lease by providing the defendant a notice to vacate.  The notice must be delivered to the tenant.  The notice must state whether the tenant is being terminated for; 1.) breach of the lease; 2.) nonpayment of rent; or 3.) termination of […]

Philadelphia DUI Lawyer

Philly DUI Lawyer on Second Offenses

PHILLY DUI LAWYER ON SECOND OFFENSE A Philly DUI Lawyer may assist a criminal defendant in navigating the court system. The Pennsylvania Superior Court has recently decided the case of Commonwealth v. Chichkin, 2020 Pa. Super 121, No. 3475 EDA 2018.  In this decision the Superior Court held that prior acceptance of ARD does not […]

Pennsylvania Sentencing Guidelines

What are the Pennsylvania Sentencing Guidelines? If you have been charged with a crime in Pennsylvania it is important to understand the risks involved.  Judges make sentencing decisions based on a number of factors.  Every judge is different but all judges must consider the Pennsylvania Sentencing Guidelines.  The Guidelines are promulgated by the Commission on Sentencing and set […]

Preliminary Hearing

Preliminary Hearing

WHAT IS A PRELIMINARY HEARING? The preliminary hearing is the first phase of criminal litigation. The Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos has successfully resolved hundreds if not thousands of preliminary hearings in the Greater Philadelphia area.  The preliminary hearing is the first phase of trial litigation.  At the preliminary hearing the criminal defense lawyer […]

Protection From Abuse

Protection From Abuse

WHAT IS A PROTECTION FROM ABUSE HEARING? In Pennsylvania, an individual may seek protection from unwanted behavior by filing a Protection from Abuse or PFA.  According to Section 6102 of the Pennsylvania Code, the Protection Order can be applied to “family or household members, sexual or intimate partners or persons who share biological parenthood.” Therefore, […]

Double Jeopardy

Double Jeopardy

WHAT IS DOUBLE JEOPARDY The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has recently decided the case of Commonwealth v. Perfetto, No. 7 EAP 2018.  In the case, the court held that Subsection 11(1)(ii) of the double jeopardy statute bars multiple prosecutions for the same criminal act.  This is particularly relevant in cases where defendants were issued traffic tickets with […]