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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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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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Have you been arrested for violent crimes?

By Gary E. Gerson |

Violent crimes, like arson and aggravated assault, often end in lengthy jail sentences, years of probation, and hundreds of thousands in restitution; this is not even to mention the impact a guilty charge it can have on people as they move forward with their lives. Trouble finding gainful employment and a place to live… Read More »

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Criminal defense and post-conviction appeals in Pennsylvania

By Gary E. Gerson |

There are times during a court session when prosecutors will act out of line in order to gain a conviction. This can happen for a variety of reasons, but it most often happens when he or she realizes the case is lost, then is not entirely truthful about certain witnesses and/or evidence. As a Pennsylvania… Read More »

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Criminal defense for BB gun culprit

By Gary E. Gerson |

Gun violence is a scary thing in today’s society. Many people feel constantly under the threat of what more guns can do to their communities. And guns don’t care about the age of the person on the receiving end of a round. All we can do as parents is try to teach our children… Read More »

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Criminal defense for arsonist

By Gary E. Gerson |

Criminal defense for arson cases takes a trusted, experienced attorney who will fight for your best interests and use his or her skills in the courtroom to save suspects from being unfairly judged. This past Wednesday, a 62-year-old Latrobe man asked his 31-year-old neighbor to help him move and connect a new television set… Read More »

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