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Merger of Criminal Offenses

Merger of Criminal Offenses

Many times individuals enter a lawyer’s office wondering why they have been charged with numerous counts of the same or similar offense. While it is not always the case, it is important to know what crimes will or may “merge” for sentencing purposes after trial and...
“SORNA” Act (Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act)

“SORNA” Act (Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act)

Many sexually related offenses fall under the “SORNA” Act (Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act). SORNA states which offenses create a requirement for a convicted individual to register as a sex offender.  SORNA also provides the length of...
Are they credible?  IMPEACH THE WITNESS! Prior Convictions and credibility…

Are they credible? IMPEACH THE WITNESS! Prior Convictions and credibility…

The trial binder is complete, the opening ready, the closing prepped and the jurors are in the jury box.  It is time now to go through the process our justice system calls a trial.  Both sides have a chance to present evidence – through the form of documents,...
Use and Abuse of Leading Questions: What are they and when are they allowed?

Use and Abuse of Leading Questions: What are they and when are they allowed?

Then you ran away? My client never injured you? This was the only contact you had with him, correct? Everyday, in criminal courts across Pennsylvania, there is a fine line that is walked with what each lawyer believes is a “leading” question.  Before...
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