Your Rights When You are Detained in Pennsylvania: Do You Really Get a Phone Call?

Unfortunately, not right away. Upon arrest, there is no immediate right to a phone call in Pennsylvania. Within a reasonable time of being arrested, the officer must either release the person or bring them before a Magisterial District Judge to be preliminarily arraigned on charges…. read more

What Are Your Choices? What to Do After Getting Your First DUI in West Chester, PA

A DUI (driving while under the influence) arrest can have devastating consequences on many aspects of your life, even if this is your first time dealing with police, prosecutors, judges, and the court system in Chester County or Pennsylvania.  What you do after (and during)… read more

Things Cops Do That Are Illegal: What a Police Officer Can and Cannot Do in Pennsylvania

There are many times we wonder if police can legally do what they are doing. Can they lie to you? Do they need a warrant to search your house? What about your car? The law as it relates to what police can and can’t do… read more

What Happens If You Are Caught With A Ghost Gun In PA?

Ghost guns are guns that people can make themselves. Still, you cannot give it to someone else, sell it, or create it when you are a person prohibited from owning or possessing firearms under state or federal law. At the time of this writing, legislatures are actively… read more

What Happens When a Domestic Violence Victim Doesn’t Want to Press Charges in Pennsylvania?

You might assume that you do not need to worry about a criminal conviction if a domestic violence victim does not want to press charges. However, that is not always the case. Even without a domestic violence victim’s cooperation, you could be convicted of domestic… read more

How Often Do DUI Cases Go to Trial?

Driving under the influence is a crime under Pennsylvania law. Therefore, all DUI cases have the potential to go to trial. In reality, only a small percentage of DUI cases go to trial. Most individuals settle drunk driving charges without a trial.  Plea bargains are… read more

Is DUI a Felony in West Chester, PA?

West Chester, PA, home of the West Chester University of Pennsylvania North Campus and many local points of interest, is attractive to both residents and visitors alike. West Chester and Chester County are well-served by local highways, including Pennsylvania Route 3 (PA 3), PA 926,… read more

Are you Legally Required to Tell Someone You Have Herpes in Pennsylvania?

No, you are generally not legally required to tell someone you have herpes. However, if you knowingly engage in sexual activity with that person, you could face criminal and civil penalties for failing to tell the person you have herpes. Therefore, if you are accused… read more

How Long Does Alcohol Stay on Your Breath?

In Pennsylvania, as in all states, anyone who is suspected of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) can be requested to take a breathalyzer test to determine their blood alcohol content (BAC).  Refusing to take a breathalyzer test in Pennsylvania will… read more

Difference Between Lawyer and Attorney

The terms “lawyer” and “attorney” are often used interchangeably. Although both lawyer and attorney refer to someone educated in the field of law, there are historical differences between lawyers and attorneys.  A lawyer was a person who was educated and trained in the practice of… read more