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Whitehall Township Man Faces Drug Trafficking Charges After Probation Officers Finds Drugs and Paraphernalia in His Apartment

By Gary E. Gerson |

If a judge sentences you to probation, it means that you stay out of jail, at least for now.  It also means that you will be subject to very close scrutiny by probation officers and police.  Violating the terms of your probation can get you a longer prison sentence than you would have gotten… Read More »

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Defendant Waives Arraignment After Intentionally Crashing into Another Car

By Gary E. Gerson |

The risks associated with car collisions are so great that you can face criminal penalties for violating some traffic laws, even if you do not cause an accident.  For example, you can go to jail for DUI, with the sentence increasing for each subsequent DUI conviction; a woman in Texas is currently serving a… Read More »

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It Is Against the Law to Leave Your Car Unattended When Warming It Up

By Gary E. Gerson |

The winter, especially the holiday season, presents many season-specific opportunities for theft.  You or someone you know has probably learned the hard way about putting purchases in the trunk and locking your car if you have had newly bought gift items stolen while you were Christmas shopping.  An enterprising thief can steal unsecured holiday… Read More »

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Pittsburgh Jury Finds Career Con Artist Guilty of Identity Theft

By Gary E. Gerson |

Why would someone temporarily take on another person’s identity?  Is it for financial gain or purely for personal reasons?  If it is the former, pretending to be someone else for purposes of using their money to buy necessities you cannot afford is a less egregious crime than fraudulently using someone else’s identifying information to… Read More »

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Which Kind of Prison Would You Most Like to Go To?

By Gary E. Gerson |

What kind of question is that from a criminal defense blog?  You don’t want to go to prison at all.  That’s why you are considering hiring a criminal defense attorney.  Can’t criminal defense attorneys get you out of going to prison entirely?  Even if the evidence against you is so strong that there is… Read More »

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Appeals Court Rejects Bill Cosby’s Appeal of His Conviction

By Gary E. Gerson |

Many of the biggest news stories of 2019 involved allegations of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment by famous figures in the entertainment industry.  Some of these involved survivors of sexual assault speaking publicly about their ordeal for the first time, while others were the continuation of allegations, which ranged from tabloid rumors to documented… Read More »

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Museum Thieves Could Face 20 Years in Prison

By Gary E. Gerson |

If you were going to steal something because of its resale value, what would it be?  Jewelry?  Electronics?  Gold and silver coins?  Most people are aware that these items can easily be resold if stolen, and so they keep their valuables secured.  Unless you have professional knowledge of rare books, it probably would not… Read More »

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Ross Township Man Arrested with Duffel Bag Full of Meth Paraphernalia

By Gary E. Gerson |

What could be more innocent than a bag full of mason jars?  It depends what else is in the bag.  You can get arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia if you have a group of items that would be legal by themselves but which are rarely found together except in the context of preparing… Read More »

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Pennsylvania Senator Charged with Possession of Sexually Explicit Images of Minors

By Gary E. Gerson |

Mike Folmer, a Republican who became a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate has resigned after being arrested on charges of possession of sexual abuse of children after pornographic images that appear to detect minors were found on his phone.  Folmer is known for being one of the first conservative politicians in Pennsylvania to… Read More »

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Latrobe Police and K9 Zeus Search Vehicle and Seize 10 Bricks of Heroin

By Gary E. Gerson |

If the police find drugs in your possession, it does not automatically mean that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  Depending on the quantity of drugs found and on whether you have any previous convictions, you might be eligible for pretrial diversion instead of a conventional sentence.  If you do go to trial,… Read More »

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