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 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.

September 23

To Talk or Not To Talk? Pre-Arrest Silence in Pennsylvania

To Talk or Not To Talk? Pre-Arrest Silence in Pennsylvania

What do you do if you are at your job or running an errand and the police suddenly approach you to ask about a crime that occurred? Police don’t have to inform you that you are a suspect, so how can you know whether they are looking to incriminate you with your statements? If you.