Secretly Recording Phone Calls is Illegal

The Law: It is illegal to record a telephone call in Pennsylvania without both parties consent.  However, it may not be illegal to listen in on a telephone call or play that call on speaker phone to a third party. Technology is evolving at a rapid pace.  Ten years ago the smartphone was in its infant […]

Drug Exchange

Not Guilty in Drug Sale Case

The Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys at Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos obtained yet another victory yesterday in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  In Commonwealth v. T.C., Defendant was charged with Conspiracy, Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine, Possession With Intent to Deliver Heroin, and Intentional Possession of a Controlled Substance by a Person not […]

Hearsay

Hearsay at the Preliminary Hearing

Many lawyers will mistakenly tell you that hearsay is enough to prove criminal charges.  They will cite to Commonwealth v. Ricker, 2015 Pa. Super 153 (2015).  The Superior Court in Ricker held that hearsay alone was sufficient to prove criminal charges at a preliminary hearing.  The Defendant’s attorneys appealed the decision to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.  […]

Attempted Murder Charges Dismissed

The Law Office of Mark Copoulos was successful in dismissing felony attempted murder charges.  Defendant was charged with firing a gun at an alleged victim in West Philadelphia. The alleged victim did not recognize the individual who shot him. The victim’s friend stated he could identify the perpetrator. Police ran a criminal background check of […]

Eviction Process in Philadelphia, PA

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO EVICT SOMEONE FROM MY RENTAL PROPERTY? A: Forty to sixty days from filing the complaint to lockout if required.  If the tenant contests the eviction or files an appeal the eviction may take longer.  You may be able to expedite the process by filing for a court date on […]

Philadelphia Sheriff Sale Auctions

Philadelphia, PA is an expensive town to buy property. The Philadelphia median home price is $219,600. Properties in Center City, West Philadelphia, or South Philadelphia can net prices upwards of one million dollars. With housing prices so high, it is no wonder that many people look for alternative options to purchase real estate. One such […]