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Police attend seminar for accurate convictions

By Gary E. Gerson |

In September, more than fifty captains, lieutenants, and commanders of the Pittsburgh Police Department attended a program to educated members of law enforcement about advancements in the police techniques of photographic- and live-witness identification. Known as the Enhancing Law Enforcement’s Ability to Ensure Accurate Convictions: Techniques & Scientific Development seminar, it was organized by the Pennsylvania… Read More »

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Have you been charged with fleeing the seen of an accident?

By Gary E. Gerson |

As a criminal defense lawyer in Pittsburgh, I’m often asked about hit-and-run accidents. If you are arrested for fleeing the scene of an accident or a hit-and-run, it is can be a 3rd degree misdemeanor or felony offence and carries with it very serious consequences. When you’re in an automobile accident, it is your… Read More »

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Arrested for driving on a suspended license

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Driving on a suspended license, especially if that license has been suspend because of a drunk driving conviction in Pennsylvania, can be a painful process that may lead to jail and longer suspension times. A good Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney can help you avoid jail time, costly fines, and a longer suspension. Pittsburgh drunk… Read More »

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Wrongfully convicted man set to sue; will cost taxpayers

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Wrongful imprisonment happens much more than Americans care to admit. It’s one of those subjects that many force out of their minds because they hate to think the justice system has failed someone so horribly that they will have spent months, years, possibly decades in prison having never broken the law. People who are… Read More »

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Security clearances & background checks

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If you have been told by a potential employer that disparaging information was found during a security clearance background check and you have been denied employment or something else, you may be wondering what you can do and what the future holds in store for you. With a more than 98% approval/disapproval rating of security clearances,… Read More »

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Mental health court for offenders

By Gary E. Gerson |

Few people involved in mounting a criminal defense make friends with the judge who oversees their case. Even fewer get a slice of cake and a certificate of completion when they finish their sentence through the justice system. In one Pittsburgh court, though, defendants are given all that and more, thanks to a special initiative to… Read More »

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Social media interactions can result in criminal charges

By Gary E. Gerson |

The proliferation of the internet and social media has been good for many things. It puts the entirety of human knowledge at our finger tips; it allows us to interact with people on the other side of the world; and it makes collaboration and the development of new ideas simpler and easier. But there… Read More »

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Hit-and-run driver turns herself in

By Gary E. Gerson |

A hit-and-run accident can land you in prison for a long time. In Pennsylvania, there is a three year jail sentence minimum for those arrested for hit-and-run. This comes after the recently enacted “Kevin’s Law,” that raised the mandatory minimum punishment of hit-and-run drivers from one year to three years in an effort to fix the… Read More »

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The misdemeanor crimes process

By Gary E. Gerson |

Misdemeanor Crimes Attorney If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, you’re likely feeling a bit overwhelmed and anxious about what is going to happen to you over the next few months. While a misdemeanor is considered a “lesser criminal act,” it is still important to hire an attorney who understands the law, can explain… Read More »

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Backlog reduction benefits criminal defendants

By Gary E. Gerson |

Four years ago, the Allegheny County criminal charge backlog had added up to nearly 15,000 cases. Now, the region is improving its dedication to timely criminal proceedings by setting aside special courtrooms three times each week to handle minor cases. The new system has cut the waiting time from charge to disposition of minor crimes from… Read More »

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