Per se DUI in Pennsylvania

Under the current Pennsylvania DUI Laws, the prosecution does not always need to prove that a driver was “impaired” or “intoxicated” while operating a motor vehicle in order to prove they were guilty of DUI. The Pennsylvania DUI statute as it currently stands provides for what… read more

Small Amount of Marijuana in Philadelphia

Possessing Small Amount of Marijuana now only a fine in Philadelphia New legislation in Philadelphia has gone into effect today minimizing the penalties of being caught with a small amount of marijuana. The goal behind the legislation is aimed at easing the punishment of offenders… read more

Prior Bad Acts, Crimes or Wrongs – Chester County Criminal Defense

Often times in a criminal case in Chester County, or any of the surrounding counties, prosecutors will attempt to introduce evidence of an accused’s prior bad acts, or evidence or other crimes. This can be devastating to a successful defense in a criminal case. This… read more

When can a Police Officer stop a car for suspicion of DUI / Drunk Driving?

 Under the vehicle code, a police officer in Chester County, or anywhere in Pennsylvania, may conduct an investigatory detention if he has reasonable suspicion to believe that a motorist violated a provision of the motor vehicle code.  (For example, he suspects the driver is committing… read more

Best Evidence – Writings, Recordings and Video Evidence

In many Chester County criminal cases evidence against the accused comes in the form of writings, recordings, or video evidence (surveillance videos). For example, a theft or retail theft case where the evidence of the theft was only observed on video. During a preliminary hearing… read more

The Importance of the Preliminary Hearing

When someone is arrested in Pennsylvania and charged with state misdemeanor or felony crimes, the first court date that they will have to appear at is called the preliminary hearing (excluding the Philadelphia Court system). This will be scheduled in the magisterial district court that… read more

DUI – Implied Consent and Refusals

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as a condition of maintaining a driver’s license, all drivers are subject to the implied consent requirements of the Motor Vehicle Code – thus, a driver must submit to blood and breath tests under appropriate circumstances. Practically speaking, what this… read more