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The Sippy Cup Murder: A Case of Child Endangerment and So Much More

By Gary E. Gerson |

Almost any criminal offense is subject to more severe penalties if the victim is a child. For example, you can get a traffic ticket for failing to wear a seat belt, but transporting a child in a car without an age-appropriate child car seat is a more serious offense. Likewise, sending a text message… Read More »

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Meek Mill’s Probation Is Finally Over, but He Promises to Continue Fighting to Reform the Criminal Justice System

By Gary E. Gerson |

In 2017, when Robert Williams was 20 years old, he was convicted of felony weapons charges and felony drug possession. He was sentenced to up 11 to 23 months in prison, to be followed by five years of probation. In reality, his punishment lasted 12 years, only ending in 2019, when a Pennsylvania court… Read More »

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Pittsburgh Police Officer Faces Criminal Charges After Alleged Drunken Hit-and-Run Accident with a Bicyclist

By Gary E. Gerson |

Leaving the scene of a car accident without talking to police or, at least, without talking to the person you hit and making sure they are not injured, is one of the worst things you can do. It can escalate a minor inconvenience into a civil lawsuit, a traffic ticket into criminal charges, and… Read More »

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Two Carlisle Teens Charged as Adults for Armed Robbery

By Gary E. Gerson |

When you think back to your teenage years, you can probably remember many things that you regret doing and saying. Whether your teen self experimented with drugs and frequently got into fistfights or simply did foolish and unkind things like skipping school and spreading malicious rumors, mostly for the purpose of impressing your peers,… Read More »

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Court Drops Charges Against Woman Who Filmed Her Arrest

By Gary E. Gerson |

Thanks to smartphones, almost anyone can make a video recording almost anywhere. And, to be sure, video recordings can tell truths that would otherwise be unknown, and thus they can be an important piece of evidence in court. Today, the story of Melanie Carter’s cell phone video of her own arrest ended with a… Read More »

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Custody

Is It Kidnapping If It Is Your Own Child?

By Gary E. Gerson |

Any lawyer or judge who deals with the family court system will tell you that child custody disputes are among the most difficult type of dispute to resolve. While people make plenty of threats about taking the children away from one or another relative or about having their ex arrested because of some bad… Read More »

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New Yorker Feature About Pennsylvania District Attorney Contains Valuable Information for Defendants

By Gary E. Gerson |

In Pennsylvania, there are three types of prosecutors who file criminal charges: the Office of the District Attorney, the Office of the Attorney General, and the Office of the United States Attorney. The Office of the District Attorney is involved in county prosecutions; the Office of the Attorney General handles statewide prosecutions; and, the… Read More »

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What Pennsylvania Law Says About Hate Crimes

By Gary E. Gerson |

Pennsylvania has specific hate crime laws, which state that additional charges, such as ethnic intimidation, can be applied to enhance the penalties for violent crimes such as arson, homicide, murder, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, risking a catastrophe, terroristic threats, or criminal mischief, when the violent acts are motivated by hatred of an… Read More »

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Plea Deal No Longer an Option for School Van Driver Charged with Sexually Assaulting Student

By Gary E. Gerson |

The Constitutions of both the United States and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania guarantee a presumption of innocence to all persons accused of crimes and a corresponding mandate that the Commonwealth prove each and every element of an alleged crime beyond a reasonable doubt before an accused can be convicted of that crime. Accused individuals… Read More »

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Pleading Guilty Can Lead to a Reduced Sentence, Even for Very Serious Crimes

By Gary E. Gerson |

In the state courts of Pennsylvania, an overwhelming majority of criminal cases are resolved by negotiated plea agreement; and, in federal courts nationwide, only 3% of cases go to trial. There are many reasons why an accused would chose to avoid trial, including inability to pay for private counsel. Once of the main reasons… Read More »

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