Eviction Diversion Program

What is the Eviction Diversion Program? In Philadelphia, in order to legally evict a tenant a homeowner must first complete the Philadelphia Eviction Diversion Program. While there are limited exceptions, § 9-811. Eviction Diversion Program requires reasonable good faith participation in eviction diversion before filing an eviction under any circumstances except where an eviction is […]

Notice to Vacate

Notice to Vacate

A landlord must adhere to state and local requirements in drafting a Notice to Vacate.  If the Landlord’s notice does not comply with the law and code the tenant may raise the procedural deficiencies as a defense.  In Pennsylvania, the Notice must state the basis for ending the lease (i.e., the tenant is not paying […]

Petition for Nunc Pro Tunc

A petition for Nunc Pro Tunc is a motion asking the Court to allow a party to take an appeal after the deadline has passed. Nunc Pro Tunc is latin meaning “Now For Then.” A Petition Nunc Pro Tunc asks the Court to allow the petitioner to appeal a case now as if they are […]

Terroristic Threats Lawyer

Terroristic Threats Lawyer

Terroristic Threats Attorneys Philadelphia Terroristic Threats Lawyer Mark D. Copoulos has successfully defended the charge of Terroristic Threats.  In Pennsylvania, the crime of Terroristic Threats is governed by Section 2706 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code.  Under the Code, a person commits the crime of terroristic threats if the person communicates, either directly or indirectly, a […]

When do Police Need a Search Warrant?

Search Warrant

When Do Police Need a Search Warrant? The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the People from unreasonable searches and seizures.  In Pennsylvania, an unreasonable search occurs when police violate a “reasonable expectation of privacy.”  As a general rule a search or seizure of a citizen’s home without a warrant is presumed unreasonable.  […]

Philadelphia Firearms Charges

Philadelphia Firearms Charges

Philadelphia Firearms Charges Philadelphia Gun Lawyer Mark D. Copoulos has experience defending Philadelphia Firearm Charges.  Philadelphia firearms charges can carry heavy penalties.  Most Philadelphia firearms charges carry the prospect of incarceration, especially if the defendant is charged with a second offense.  In Pennsylvania, gun laws are governed by the Violation of Uniform Firearms Act.  The […]

Filing a Petition for Return of Property

Petition for Return of Property

What is a Petition for Return of Property? A petition for return of property is a legal method to recover item seized by police during arrest. In Philadelphia, every year thousands of individuals are arrested and their items seized by law enforcement. These items are placed on a property receipt and held by the government […]

Motion to Suppress

Motion to Suppress

Motion to Suppress Lawyer A Motion to Suppress may be a legal basis to preclude evidence.  If evidence is obtained illegally it must be suppressed.  Since suppressed evidence cannot be used  a motion to suppress may be determinative.  The Pennsylvania Superior Court has decided the case of Commonwealth v. Barr, holding that the odor of […]

Litigating a Rule 600 Motion to Dismiss or Motion for Bail

Litigating a Rule 600 Motion to Dismiss or Motion for Bail

What is Rule 600? In Pennsylvania, every citizen has a right to a prompt trial.  Under Pennsylvania Rule 600, an individual is eligible for release on nominal bail if he is incarcerated for more than 180 days before his trial.  Further, the Rule states that trial shall commence within 365 days.  In reality, most significant […]