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How to Stop Mugshot Shaming from Ruining Your Employment Prospects

By Gary E. Gerson |

Of all the scary thoughts that go through your mind when you get arrested for a non-violent crime, many of them relate to how the arrest will affect your chances for employment in the future if you get convicted.  Long after you have completed your probation, community service, or jail time and paid your… Read More »

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Can You Face Criminal Penalties for Illegally Owning Wild Animals in Pennsylvania?

By Gary E. Gerson |

Not everyone fits neatly into the categories of dog person, cat person, or person who is creeped out by all species besides humans.  Some people, if given the opportunity, will tell you that hedgehogs are man’s real best friend, some will tell you that rats are cuddlier than hamsters, and others prefer the companionship… Read More »

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Is Prison Boot Camp Better or Worse Than Just Plain Old Doing Time?

By Gary E. Gerson |

Everyone’s prison experience is different.  It depends on several factors, including the crime for which you are being sentenced, any previous convictions you have and, unfortunately, how well-connected you are. Celebrities who have been found guilty or are facing a trial sometimes consult prison coaches who advise them on how to cope with the… 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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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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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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