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 […]

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 […]

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 […]