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You Can’t Get Bailed Out of Jail If You Are a Danger to the Community

By Gary E. Gerson |

Conditions of bail are to be reasonable not punitive, and to ensure that an accused will appear for trial. A familiar plot point in TV shows and movies such as 25th Hour, starring Edward Norton, involves an arrested individual waiting in jail “to make bail”.  Struggling family members draw on their savings, post collateral,… Read More »

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Yes, It Is Still Possible to Get Arrested for Marijuana Possession in Pennsylvania

By Gary E. Gerson |

Pennsylvania has recently enacted statutes regarding medical marijuana (“cannabis”) usage and possession. However, unlike states such as Colorado, California or Washington, Pennsylvania’s new marijuana laws do not legalize or otherwise permit recreational users to smoke marijuana in “leaf” form regardless of an individual’s age. Case in point: in recent months, officers from a roving… Read More »

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Pennsylvania Senate Attempts to Increase Penalties for Hazing

By Gary E. Gerson |

While not exclusively limited to young people and college students, hazing has recently come under scrutiny in both the media and the criminal justice system, especially when alcohol is involved. Unfortunately, this high risk behavior can result in catastrophic results, including serious bodily injuries and death.  Consequently, many jurisdictions, including Pennsylvania, have passed laws… Read More »

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Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Ups the Ante Against Toll Scofflaws

By Gary E. Gerson |

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is both an iconic and unique highway within the Commonwealth.  Traversing the width of Pennsylvania, from New Jersey to Ohio, the turnpike rolls through the heart of the state, providing motorists a picturesque travel route. Tolls are imposed to pay for maintenance and upkeep of the turnpike, in order to avoid… Read More »

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Refusing a Breathalyzer Test in Pennsylvania in 2018

By Gary E. Gerson |

When a driver is pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, one of the ways in which law enforcement confirms their suspicion is to have the driver take a breathalyzer test. Although constitutional protections against self-incrimination allow drivers to refuse to submit to chemical testing of breath, all applicants for… Read More »

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Pennsylvania May Increase Penalties for Repeat DUI Offenders

By Gary E. Gerson |

Operating a motor vehicle requires constant attention. In addition to maintaining control of the vehicle, the driver must also be able to respond to outside conditions, whether from the environment or other drivers on the road. Therefore, the Vehicle Code requires every driver to be alert and focused at all times. Unfortunately, some drivers… Read More »

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The Most Dangerous (and Safest) Cities in Pennsylvania

By Gary E. Gerson |

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… Read More »

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Answers to some of your DNA questions

By Gary E. Gerson |

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… Read More »

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

By Gary E. Gerson |

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… Read More »

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So you’ve been served a bench warrant

By Gary E. Gerson |

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… Read More »

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