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Common Sentences for Drug Offenses

Pennsylvania’s drug laws for possession and possession with intent to distribute are very harsh. The penalties often include a steep fine as well as jail time. In some instances, you may even lose your driver’s license. If you are charged with a drug offense, there are several factors that will be used to determine your […]

Pittsburgh Neighborhood Crime

How safe is your neighborhood? Our interactive search tool allows you to search by Pittsburgh neighborhood to see a variety of statistics, including the number of violent crimes along with those related to property and drugs. We’ve ranked the 89 neighborhoods in the city and given them a letter grade, with A being the safest […]

Are Police Scanners Legal in Pennsylvania?

Main Takeaways: Police scanners are legal to own and operate. It is still illegal to tap into cordless or cellular telephone conversations. Hindering the prosecution of a crime by concealing suspects, evidence or weapons is a third degree felony in this state. Instances in which people use scanners or scanner apps to elude capture or […]

Improperly Treated or Imprisoned at a Casino

If you’re headed out for a night of gambling, it may not occur to you that you could be improperly detained or mistreated in a casino. But that’s exactly what has happened in a number of cases in Pennsylvania and around the country. Multiple plaintiffs have sued casinos for violations of their civil rights and […]

Art and Jewel Theft is a Federal Crime

Art and jewel theft are both considered federal offenses for several reasons: These thefts typically cross state lines and, sometimes, national boundaries; therefore, a federal agency with nationwide and international reach is necessary to investigate them. Additionally, these crimes are frequently committed by theft groups (organized criminal enterprises), which also require a federal agency that […]

The Formal Arraignment Process in Pennsylvania

If you’re charged with a crime in Pittsburgh, it’s important to understand the role of the formal arraignment as part of the judicial process. In Pittsburgh, the formal arraignment typically takes place at the courthouse approximately one to two months after a preliminary hearing. If you’re a defendant in a criminal case, you’ll be provided […]

Illegal Search and Seizure

The U.S. Constitution protects Pennsylvania residents against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. The Fourth Amendment, part of the Bill of Rights, affirms the right for individuals to be “secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects” against illegal search and seizure. The amendment reinforces the idea that an individual’s home is his castle […]

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Every client we take on receives the same respect and dignity that everyone else in our lives receives. So when you’re ready to work with a criminal defense lawyer who will stand by you and stand up for you, call on our legal team. We are available to represent clients located throughout western Pennsylvania from our central location in Pittsburgh. To learn more or to schedule your free initial consultation, call us today at 412-281-6869 or contact our former prosecutors online.