Proving Aggravated Assault in the State of Pennsylvania

The crime of aggravated assault is serious business. For the commonwealth to convict a defendant of aggravated assault, the following elements must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt: First, the Commonwealth must show that the defendant attempted to cause serious bodily injury to the victim.  Serious bodily injured in Pennsylvania means injury that would create […]

What is Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition?

Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) is a common resolution to DUI First Offense and other non violent crimes in Philadelphia.  Eligibility is based on prior criminal records.  Eligible defendants are generally first time offenders charged with relatively minor offenses.  The ARD program enables the state to impose a more lengthy period of supervision than the AMP […]

DUI: First Offense / Highest Tier – Possible Defenses

Driving Under the Influence: First Offense / Highest Tier is a very serious offense in the State of Pennsylvania.  Defendants facing this charge are looking at a mandatory minimum sentence that will affect their future and their finances for years. DUI: First Offense / Highest Tier is a charge that affects anyone arrested for DUI […]

Philadelphia Criminal Law Resources

Any criminal charges can have lasting repercussions on your life.  The impact, especially after the initial arrest, is utterly confusing, embarrassing, and in some situations, devastating to the arrestee and his family members. It is critical, especially for those with limited prior contacts with the criminal system to seek out the necessary resources that can […]