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The Most Dangerous (and Safest) Cities in Pennsylvania

Posted in Criminal Law on March 14, 2017

In an effort to determine which cities in the state of Pennsylvania are the safest and which are the most dangerous, The Law Offices of Gary E. Gerson enlisted the help of data visualization firm 1Point 21 Interactive. First, we had to identify factors that directly affect the personal safety of each city’s residents. While crime obviously… read more

Answers to some of your DNA questions

Posted in Criminal Law on February 23, 2016

In the past, we have discussed the subject of DNA evidence in relation to criminal cases on this blog. The particular post discussed a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for twenty-four years. The man was convicted of a string of sex crimes. After more than two decades in jail, DNA evidence finally cleared his name…. read more

Are you unsure about applying for a job with a "criminal" background?

Posted in Criminal Law on February 18, 2016

As a Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney, one question I surprisingly get asked a lot is about what people should answer on applications if they’ve been charged and convicted of a crime. Because all applications are different, the answer to this question varies; however, the simple answer is: always tell the truth. Not too long ago,… read more

So you’ve been served a bench warrant

Posted in Criminal Law on February 16, 2016

A common criminal defense question I’m asked is about bench warrants and what people who have a bench warrant can do to keep themselves out of jail and get their issue resolved as soon as possible. If you have a bench warrant, call criminal defense attorney Gary Gerson and stop those sleepless nights, worrying about… read more

Are you looking to have your record expunged?

Posted in Criminal Law on February 11, 2016

As a Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney, I am often asked about the differences between expungements and dismissals. It’s not surprising that many people do not know the difference between the two, but are certainly intrigued when I tell them the difference in the results. When a case is dismissed by a prosecutor or judged, that… read more

Do you have questions about travel restrictions?

Posted in Criminal Law on February 9, 2016

Many of my clients express to me that once their cases are over and done with, they would like to leave the area and start over a new life somewhere different. This makes sense because when people learn from their mistakes, they often decide that the environment in which they live is not conducive to… read more

Are you a student who was arrested with marijuana?

Posted in Criminal Law on February 4, 2016

Now that the spring semester is in full force, I have been receiving a lot of calls and emails from parents and students about marijuana laws. Here in Pittsburgh, we are a major center for higher education with close to a dozen institutions for continuing education within a few-mile radius. Marijuana laws in Pennsylvania are… read more

Have you been arrested for violating probation?

Posted in Criminal Law on February 2, 2016

When a person is convicted of a crime in Pennsylvania, a judge will oftentimes give the defendant probation as a part of his or her sentencing in lieu of jail time, or in addition to jail time. In many instances, probation is viewed as a second chance in the criminal justice system, or as a… read more

More than one DUI in PA?

Posted in Criminal Law on January 29, 2016

Drunk driving penalties in Pennsylvania are some of the harshest in the country. As a criminal defense lawyer in Pittsburgh, I’m get asked a lot about those penalties and how someone who is convicted will be affected in the long run. It can be difficult to find this information, especially for multiple drunk driving offenders,… read more

Underage drunk driving

Posted in Criminal Law on January 27, 2016

Getting pulled over for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is one thing, but you’re pulled over for DUI and you’re underage, you may have to worry about more than just a small fine and short license suspension. What many underage drinkers and drivers fail to realize is that if you are pulled… read more