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 […]

What Happens at the Preliminary Hearing?

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 will get critical information about the strength of the government case.  If the case is […]

Copoulos Firm Relocates to Suite 1301

Mark D. Copoulos, Esquire, a Philadelphia based Criminal Defense and Real Estate lawyer has relocated to 1628 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1301, Philadelphia, PA to manage growing demand for his legal services. The building known as Eight Penn Center is one of the premiere facilities in Philadelphia, PA. Copoulos made the move to expand […]

Attorney Copoulos Enters Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Last week Attorney Copoulos was accepted into the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers.  The organization is an elite group of dedicated courtroom advocates whose mission is to promote excellence in the legal profession through advocacy training, networking and education of trial lawyers.  The program accepts members based on their strong training, exceptional qualifications, talent and ability. […]

Protection From Abuse

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, there must be a prior relationship to […]

Compulsory Joinder in Criminal Cases

Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyers on Compulsory Joinder 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 compulsory joinder statute bars multiple prosecutions for the same criminal act.  This is particularly relevant in cases where defendants were issued […]

Philadelphia Airbnb Rentals

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 […]

Defendant Found NOT GUILTY of Drug Sale

Defendant, R.C., was charged with Possession With Intent to Deliver 35 § 780-113 §§ A30, Conspiracy 18 § 903, and Intentional Possession of a Controlled Substance 35 § 780-113 §§A16.  If convicted, R.C. faced a parole violation.  Faced with the possibility of imminent incarceration, R.C. contacted the Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos to fight […]