How Do “Smart Start” Interlock Devices Work?

Pennsylvania makes ignition interlock devices (IIDs) mandatory for repeat DUI offenders. In addition, individuals with high blood alcohol content (BAC) are required to have an IID even if it is their first DUI conviction. The state also makes it mandatory to have an IID installed… read more

Pennsylvania Self Defense Laws

Generally, the use of force against another person is a crime. However, the law allows for the use of force in certain situations. Using deadly force might be justified in some cases. Pennsylvania defines the use of force in self-protection in 18 Pa. C.S. §505…. read more

Miranda Warnings: What Happens if the Police Don’t Read You Your Rights in West Chester, PA

Unfortunately, television shows and movies have resulted in numerous misconceptions about when police officers must read a person the Miranda warning. For example, many people believe that the court automatically dismisses the case if the police officers do not read the Miranda warning. While the… read more

What to Do if You’re Facing an Underage DUI Charge

Pennsylvania has thorough DUI laws. You face severe criminal penalties if you are convicted of driving under the influence. While the legal limit for adult drivers is a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher, that is not the case for anyone under the… read more

What You Need to Know About DUI Classes in Pennsylvania

If you are convicted of a DUI in Pennsylvania, part of your sentencing will most likely include having to attend DUI classes. How many hours of DUI classes you will have to attend will be up to the judge. Under Pennsylvania law, for a first… read more

Breaking Down Attorney-Client Privilege: What it Means and How it Can Affect Your Case

A person seeking a lawyer wants legal advice about a legal matter. However, they also want to know that what they discuss with the lawyer remains private and confidential. Attorney-client privilege allows that person to openly discuss their situation without fear the information will be… read more

8 Tips for Hiring a DUI Lawyer

Most people don’t plan to drive while under the influence. But mistakes, poor choices, and unfortunate circumstances can lead to a situation you never planned for. And when that happens, you need to hire a quality DUI lawyer who can help you in your defense…. read more

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