June 11

Expert Witnesses & Identification Testimony in PA

Expert Witnesses & Identification Testimony in PA

There may be no more difficult task for a defense attorney than confronting eyewitnesses with a mistaken, but sincere belief that their testimony is accurate. There is no greater cause for wrongful convictions than mistaken identifications. Witnesses Are Not Always Emotionally Fit… In a recent case, my client was charged with shooting a baby after.

April 16

Police Abuse and Pretextual Arrests

Police Abuse and Pretextual Arrests

Without question, being a Philadelphia police officer is an exceedingly dangerous job. Seemingly innocuous situations, in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country, can turn potentially deadly within a matter of seconds. Quite often, police are required, if not compelled, to use force to effectuate arrests and/or preserve the safety of themselves or.

March 11

When Cops Lie (Part 2) – A Philadelphia Criminal Law Report

When Cops Lie (Part 2) – A Philadelphia Criminal Law Report

Last week I outlined one method for combating dishonest policemen, this is part two of that article. Method 2) Get familiar with the area of the stop. In Commonwealth v. S.C., a Philadelphia police narcotics officer set up a surveillance on a known drug corner. He then allegedly observed my client display a silver handgun to.

February 17

When Cops Lie – A Philadelphia Criminal Law Report

When Cops Lie – A Philadelphia Criminal Law Report

As I wrote in a previous blog post on Police Searches in “High Crime” Areas, when police recover contraband off of an individual in an illegal manner, sometimes the officer involved is candid about the facts and circumstances surrounding the arrest which enables the lawyer to pound on the law in a motion to suppress.

January 3

Police Searches in “High Crime” Areas

Police Searches in “High Crime” Areas

Most “possessory” offenses in Philadelphia occur in “high crime” areas of the city. Unfortunately, many police officers believe that the higher the crime rate in a particular section of the city, the more leeway they should have to intrude upon the privacy of private citizens. Many of my clients are stopped and harassed by police.

December 2

Nebbia Orders Explained

Nebbia Orders Explained

What is a Nebbia Order? In Philadelphia criminal cases, a defendant is required to post ten percent of his/her bail amount before being released from custody prior to trial. In most cases, anyone can pay the ten percent, regardless of the amount, without any questions regarding the source of the funds. However, in some cases.

November 14

Defending Alleged Sex Offenders & The Rape Shield Law in Philadelphia

Defending Alleged Sex Offenders & The Rape Shield Law in Philadelphia

Consequences of Being a Convicted Sex Offender In the United States, sex offenses are some of the most serious crimes that an individual can be charged with, and regardless of conviction, can result in far-reaching social and professional consequences that can follow you around for the rest of your life. If convicted of a sex.

October 29

Mischievous on Mischief Night: Crimes or Harmless Pranks?

Mischievous on Mischief Night: Crimes or Harmless Pranks?

Post Updated: 10/26/2015 Since as far back as 1790 children have been given a degree of license to play pranks and do mischief in their neighborhoods on the day before Halloween. But it’s now getting serious. In Pennsylvania, it is called “Mischief Night”, but in other parts of the country it is called Devil’s Night,.

October 16

What To Do When a Witness Goes “South”

What To Do When a Witness Goes “South”

In criminal law, it is not at all uncommon for a victim or witness of the prosecution to come into court, swear to tell the truth, and then try to become the defense attorney’s best friend during direct examination. He or she will suddenly be adamant that the defendant was wrongfully arrested and is in.

October 4

The Implosion of an Attempted Murder Case

The Implosion of an Attempted Murder Case

When Police Make Mistakes As a criminal defense attorney, there is nothing sweeter than watching the Commonwealth’s case completely implode when the prosecutor mistakenly thinks he is putting his best witness and evidence in front of the jury. I had the pleasure of such an experience in a recent jury trial of mine. Case Background.