Our criminal defense law firm represents individuals charged with violent and non-violent offenses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In cases involving the allegation of violence against our client a common and critical issue is that of self-defense. New Jersey and Pennsylvania refer to self-defense as “justification” under their crimes code and both jurisdictions separate it […]
Pre-trial intervention (PTI) is a diversion program in New Jersey which allows a person to avoid a criminal conviction and be eligible for an expungement following completion of a program. Like Pennsylvania’s ARD program a person’s admission into the program is largely based on the prosecutor (assistant district attorney) discretion and the courts review of […]
Our criminal defense law firm defends individuals charged with different gun and illegal firearm offenses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As I’ve written in my previous blogs, books, and stated in my videos, New Jersey and Pennsylvania treat illegal guns differently. In New Jersey, the illegal possession of a gun or firearm carry with them […]
What you need to know this summer and beyond about warrantless vehicle searches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Warrantless search is a major issue in all criminal defense cases but especially those involving illegal guns, drugs, narcotics, controlled substance, Drunk Driving and DWI. This is reason why our criminal defense law firm focuses so much time researching it and discussing the issue with clients and their families in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. […]
Summer is here and there is nothing that can ruin it like getting arrested! While most of my readers won’t run into any trouble this summer season, they may have a friend or a family member who doesn’t read my blog, my books, or watch my videos. As I’ve written on my blog and in […]
According to a report from the United State Department of Justice, crime is more common in the summer than the winter. This doesn’t apply to all crimes, but there are a few that spike every summer in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey where our criminal defense law represents individuals charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses. […]
Almost 95% of criminal cases plead, if you are thinking about it, here are 10 factors which could make you want to go to trial!
While the majority of criminal cases end with a plea, this doesn’t mean you should do it. As criminal defense lawyer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, I can not tell you how many clients have come to me after a plea not understanding what they actually pled to and the long term consequences of that […]
I’ve written previous articles on the various illegal gun and firearm charges in the state of New Jersey and the mandatory minimum sentencing under the Garden State’s Graves Act. The laws in New Jersey are much stiffer than in Pennsylvania. While the Commonwealth is a “shall issue” state the state of New Jersey is a […]
Philadelphia Underage DUI Defense Attorney In Pennsylvania the legal age to consume alcohol is 21 just like the rest of the country. The legal limit for Blood Alcohol Content is .08%, again just like the rest of the United States. However, if you are under the age of 21 and are caught drinking and driving […]
A DUI/DW is a crime anyone can commit. Many people do not know what to do when you get pulled over for DUI, DWI or impaired driving charge. However, by following these steps, you can protect yourself and your rights. It is important to seek the advice of an experienced NJ & PA impaired driving defense […]
Recently colleagues nominated me as a 2021 Super Lawyer the field of criminal defense within the Philadelphia metro area. This was my 7th consecutive selection and obviously, I’m grateful for the selection but can’t stress enough the importance of looking beyond an attorney’s awards and other past accolades. Focus on what the attorney is doing to keep […]
Police Traffic Stops – Your constitutional rights, responsibilities and what to do if you’re arrested
Summer 2021 is here and most of us will spend extra time on the roads in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Our criminal defense law firm with offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey want to provide you with a quick review of your rights and responsibilities during a police traffic stop. Most of our criminal cases, […]
In addition to the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, the Garden State officially ends its mandatory mask requirement tomorrow (Friday, May 28th), There is no doubt this will encourage people to head into New Jersey this holiday weekend. Philadelphia has yet to lift the requirement and don’t be surprised if Pennsylvania residents start crossing the bridge […]
We are almost past the pandemic and restrictions are quickly coming to an end in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As we soon begin summer 2021 please keep in mind 5 important legal tips, which can be a huge benefit if you find yourself charged with a crime involving illegal drugs, guns, or drunken driving (DUI/DWI). […]
Following Derek Chauvin’s conviction at trial, where a jury convicted the former Minneapolis Police Officer on all three counts in the murder of George Floyd, the question is now how much time will he serve in State prison. Prior to sentencing both the prosecution and defense teams will have the opportunity to review a pre-sentence […]
Crimes of violence are sadly in the spotlight the news and on social media especially given recent events in our country. Our criminal defense law firm in Philadelphia often defends the crimes of Aggravated Assault and Attempted Murder in Pennsylvania. These are obviously serious charges which subjects a person to a substantially long prison sentence. Even a […]
Yesterday, a jury has found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter following death of George Floyd. The verdict has caused a lot our readers to ask what is the difference between these charges in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It is important to understand that within […]
Our criminal defense law firm represents person charged with illegal drug and narcotic crimes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Most of our illegal drug and narcotic cases come to us following vehicle or car stops on a street, road or highway. Remember that police and other law enforcement need probable cause to search your car […]
Now that criminal courts are getting back to normal in Pennsylvania, our criminal defense law firm is back to representing accused persons at preliminary hearing across the Commonwealth. I’ve written previous articles on preliminary hearing strategies specifically those involving illegal guns, drugs and violent felonies. A preliminary hearing isn’t a trial but don’t underestimate its importance in […]
Everyone wants to win but sometimes but sometimes trials aren’t in a client’s best interest. Sometimes trial is the only option that makes sense but the evidence is just too strong. While our criminal defense law firm strives to obtain acquittals and dismissals for all of its clients and their families, we realize that pleas […]
Many of our clients face drug and illegal narcotic charges in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Some people who have never been in any type of criminal trouble now face the prospect of going to state prison! I’ve always told my friends and family that a drug charge can happen to anyone because we’ve all been […]
Pennsylvania was the 24th state to legalize Cannabis as a medical treatment when Governor Wolf signed the “Medical Marijuana Act.” While the Act has addressed many concerns on the medical administration of the drug, those utilizing this treatment must understand that Pennsylvania still classifies Cannabis a Schedule I Controlled Substance. This classification, despite the legalization for medical […]
As restrictions to continue to relax many of our readers will once again cross the bridge to and from New Jersey and Pennsylvania without giving it much thought. It’s important to realize, however, that these two jurisdictions have dramatically different laws regarding firearms. What is a gun or firearm? In Pennsylvania the term “firearm” is […]
Our law firm represents individuals charged with a wide variety of crimes offenses and crimes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey ranging from summary to felony offenses. Recent protests and riots in and around the Capitol Building in Washington, DC and in Philadelphia over the summer have created a potential legal situation for those on both […]
Many of us watched the Super Bowl this past Sunday where Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won his 7th title against former Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs. Prior the game, however, Reid’s son, Britt, was involved in a car accident where 2 children sustained serious injuries. According to new reports, […]
We’ve only finished the first month of 2021 and we’ve already had our first major snow storm in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. There are still plenty of weeks of winter and the snow reminds of me example which is often used in law school and in courtrooms to explain the concept of circumstantial evidence—footprints in […]
The first snow storm of 2021 continues to pound the Northeast especially in Philadelphia, the surrounding counties of Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester along with all of New Jersey. Despite the storm, our criminal defense law firm is operating at full speed thanks to technology such as zoom! While snow is falling and many are […]
The first winter snowstorm of 2021 is here! In Philadelphia and its surrounding counties, there is somewhat of a tradition of saving parking spaces with chairs, cones, or some other household item
Reasonable suspicion is based not only on the officer’s observations but his knowledge and length of experience in his position
Our criminal defense lawyers represents accused persons charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute, deliver or manufacture in Pennsylvania (PWID) and New Jersey. These charges range from something as low a summary offense (petty disorderly- New Jersey) to as high as felony offense (Crime of the First Degree in New Jersey—indictable offenses). If […]
Like Pennsylvania, New Jersey doesn’t treat all narcotics the same way. Controlled substances are classified according to five schedules
New Jersey has some of the nation’s toughest gun laws regarding the unlawful possession of a handgun or firearm.
Pennsylvania, similar to New Jersey, doesn’t permit an individual to carry or possess a firearm (even in their home or place of business) if they have been convicted of certain enumerated felony offenses
While this year was very different because of government imposed shutdowns which have led to the failure of many small businesses there is always still a significant spike in arrests for drunk driving, impaired driving, driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Despite being misdemeanors (usually but not always), […]
2021 is almost here after a tough 2020. A drunk driving arrest, however, isn’t the way to end the year and start the new one! An arrest and a conviction will make your life very complicated 2021 as it will result in legal fees, a drivers license suspension and possible jail. A DUI/DWI conviction will […]
While most of us, aren’t going anywhere this year because of restrictions, even small celebrations can cause potential criminal problems.
Once again The Pennsylvania Constitution offers greater protections against warrantless searches than the United States Constitution.
Traveling over the river and through the woods? States that will honor your concealed carry this Christmas and beyond!
If you’re traveling outside of Pennsylvania this Christmas or Holiday season and want the security of carrying your handgun or firearm—BEWARE! You just can’t jump in your car with your gun and hit the road, especially if you headed over the bridge into the states of Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey or New York! Don’t assume distance matters […]
Individuals who fail to understand their constitution rights and limitations are usually in the worst position if and when they find themselves charged with a crime
The 3 most common criminal offenses related to “saving spots” during winter snowstorms
New Jersey and Pennsylvania have dramatically different laws regarding handguns and firearms
One of the lesser known consequences of a controlled dangerous substance offense (CDS) is the potential for a driver’s license suspension.
Despite restrictions in New Jersey & Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Police, over this Thanksgiving weekend, recorded the same number of drunk driving arrests (18) this year as they did in 2019.
While New Jersey and Pennsylvania have restricted indoor and outdoor gathering, many will ignore executive orders to stay home this Christmas and holiday season.
The majority of drug induced homicide cases don’t involve traditional drug dealers but rather friends of the overdosed decedent.
Under the new law, a New Jersey criminal court can now broadly consider as a mitigating factor whether a person under the age of 26 would have acted differently.
If you’ve decided to get rid of a handgun or firearm its important that you do so in the proper manner.
If police or civilians were killed during these riots in Philadelphia which often involve robberies and burglaries the felony murder rule would apply here.
Transporting guns and firearms isn’t like moving other household items or personal belongings
On average, New Jersey’s municipal court adjudicates over 6 million cases per year. While 5 million of these cases involve
Our law firm represents individuals charged with different crimes and offenses in the state of New Jersey. Many of these allegations pertain to what the Garden State classifies as “indictable” offenses. Indictable offenses are heard in New Jersey’s Superior Court, but prior to indictment the state may attempt to resolve the matter through a plea […]
Our law firm represents students charged with different crimes and offenses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. While many of these cases are minor compared to many of our adult cases, they are nevertheless important, especially to the parents of these students. A criminal charge and a possible conviction can stay with a young adult long […]
In the past, most vehicles on the roads and highways ran on gas but today, there are vehicles which run on electric, natural gas, solar, and a combination of fuel sources.
In New Jersey, if an underage driver’s BAC is .01 or more, but less than .08, then license suspension is
Police need probable cause to search your car but they don’t need a search warrant; warrantless searches are allowed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
If you do speak to police and then later attempt to challenge the admissibility of that statement, keep in mind that most courts
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is what is known as a ‘shall issue’ state for concealed carry licenses.
Drug Delivery Resulting in Death in Pennsylvania – Why the Prosecution Doesn’t Need to Prove an Intentional Killing
This is a unique charge as it does not require the Commonwealth to establish an intentional killing beyond a reasonable doubt!
Recent protests in and around Philadelphia have created a potential legal situation for those on both sides of the issues related to racial discrimination, Christopher Columbus in South Philadelphia, ranging from summary to felony offenses.
There is a presumption in Pennsylvania that deadly force is justified and that it is immediately necessary if the person against whom force is used
Despite continued executive order in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to maintain face masks, social distancing and groups beyond 25, local police must deal with protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Riots are occurring around the country and unfortunately, in the city of Philadelphia, along in its surrounding Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, Chester […]
If you’re charged with a drug crime in New Jersey it is very important that your attorney discuss if your matter falls under a Brimage eligible offense.
A gathering by itself allows police to investigate the group meeting and possibly even issue a citation.
A firearm is obviously a dangerous piece of equipment, which unlike most household items is highly regulated and subject to many state and federal laws which include mandatory minimum state prison sentences in some cases.
Is a business required to open its door during the COVID shutdown if the local, state or federal government knocks on it?
Many small business owners believe that it is simply not economically feasible to close their doors for a month without losing their businesses entirely. They want to operate despite the shutdown order
Confinement in a county, state, or federal facility often create the ideal environment for the transmission of contagious diseases like COVID-19.
Many Philadelphians have accused Krasner of offering “sweet” deals but plea offers aren’t uncommon and are made for many reasons
Our criminal defense law firm represents individuals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey charged with crimes and offenses ranging from simple possession of drugs and narcotics to violent felony crimes such as aggravated assault, robbery and homicide. While the majority of these cases involve representation of adults, our law firm has also represented minors in the […]
Our criminal defense law firm represents individuals charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. While most people typically associate a DUI/DWI with alcohol, it can also involve legal prescription drugs and as well as illegal drugs and narcotics. Pennsylvania, under Title 75 Section 3802(d) […]
The prosecution will weigh the above mitigating aggravating circumstances and make a determination as to whether there are compelling reasons to justify it