Motion to Suppress Lawyers

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 […]

Hearsay at Preliminary Hearing

Hearsay at Preliminary Hearing

Using hearsay at a preliminary hearing is subject to limitations.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided the case of Commonwealth v. McClelland, holding that hearsay alone is insufficient to establish a prima facie case at a preliminary hearing.  This is a landmark decision since the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently held in Commonwealth v Ricker, that […]

Search and Seizure

Search and Seizure

PENNSYLVANIA SEARCH AND SEIZURE LAW Police must have a legal basis to intrude on the rights of a private citizen under search and seizure law.  The Pennsylvania Superior Court has decided the case of Commonwealth v. Arrington, holding that a traffic stop late at night in a high crime-area without more is not reasonable suspicion […]

Jury selection is an important aspect of any trial

Jury Selection

SHOULD I WAIVE THE JURY TRIAL? Jury selection is an important element of a criminal trial.  The Pennsylvania Superior Court has decided the case of Commonwealth v. Rosenthal, No. 1401 WDA 2018, holding that general racial animus or stereotyping is insufficient to overturn a jury verdict.  For a jury verdict to be overturned due to […]

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 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 […]

Philadelphia Detainer Lawyer

Philadelphia Detainer Lawyer

PHILADELPHIA DETAINER LAWYER MARK D. COPOULOS Philadelphia detainer attorneys play an important role.  Defendants who are arrested on probation are placed on detainers.  A detainer is a legal mechanism that prevents a defendant from being released from prison until he sees his judge.  In order to remove the detainer a Philadelphia criminal defense attorney must […]

Winning a Detainer Hearing in Philadelphia

Most defendants convicted of crimes in Philadelphia are sentenced to a period of probation. Incarceration is usually implemented in serious cases or for violent offenders who prior offenses suggest they cannot safely exist in society. In Philadelphia, probation can be reporting or non-reporting.  Probation is court ordered supervision where an individual is closely monitored by […]