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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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Do you have questions about travel restrictions?

By Gary E. Gerson |

Many of my clients express to me that once their cases are over and done with, they would like to leave the area and start over a new life somewhere different. This makes sense because when people learn from their mistakes, they often decide that the environment in which they live is not conducive… Read More »

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Are you a student who was arrested with marijuana?

By Gary E. Gerson |

Now that the spring semester is in full force, I have been receiving a lot of calls and emails from parents and students about marijuana laws. Here in Pittsburgh, we are a major center for higher education with close to a dozen institutions for continuing education within a few-mile radius. Marijuana laws in Pennsylvania… Read More »

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Have you been arrested for violating probation?

By Gary E. Gerson |

When a person is convicted of a crime in Pennsylvania, a judge will oftentimes give the defendant probation as a part of his or her sentencing in lieu of jail time, or in addition to jail time. In many instances, probation is viewed as a second chance in the criminal justice system, or as… Read More »

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Underage drunk driving

By Gary E. Gerson |

Getting pulled over for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is one thing, but you’re pulled over for DUI and you’re underage, you may have to worry about more than just a small fine and short license suspension. What many underage drinkers and drivers fail to realize is that if you are… Read More »

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Do you believe your arrest came by way of entrapment?

By Gary E. Gerson |

"Entrapment" is a solid defense to a criminal charge. Basically, entrapment means that a police officer or government official, usually undercover, has convinced a person to commit a crime that they most likely would not have committed in any other scenario. In my more than twenty-five years as a Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney, I… Read More »

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Pittsburgh college student attorney

By Gary E. Gerson |

With winter break finishing soon and college kids back in class, I will start receiving a lot of emails and calls about underage drinking, public nuisance charges, and juvenile crimes. One question that seems to be coming in much more frequently now than in the past is that of indecent exposure as it relates… Read More »

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Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney discusses mental health legislation

By Gary E. Gerson |

There is currently reform on the table that has been proposed by Representative Tim Murphy. It would change a fifty year trend of moving psychological treatment to peoples’ home and in their communities, rather than medical institutions. It is being introduced as a way to improve patient care and safety. Murphy, who is a… Read More »

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