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The Most Dangerous (and Safest) Cities in Pennsylvania

By Gary E. Gerson |

In an effort to determine which cities in the state of Pennsylvania are the safest and which are the most dangerous, The Law Offices of Gary E. Gerson enlisted the help of data visualization firm 1Point 21 Interactive. First, we had to identify factors that directly affect the personal safety of each city’s residents. While crime… Read More »

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How drunk is your county?

By Gary E. Gerson |

Pennsylvania is widely regarded as a blue-collar state, especially here in Western PA. We are seen by the rest of the country as a state full of people who work hard and sometimes party hard. Pennsylvania is also one of the strictest states when it comes to drinking laws and DUI laws. A recent… Read More »

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Wilkinsburg girl admits to trying to set guard on fire

By Gary E. Gerson |

Juvenile crimes like assault and attempted murder may have your child tried as an adult if the case goes to court. Those who have children who are arrested for juvenile crimes should speak to an attorney about your defense. A good defense lawyer on your side may be the difference between in your child’s life…. Read More »

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Drug charges: death rates up despite “war on drugs”

By Gary E. Gerson |

New report show that an average of seven people die each day in Pennsylvania of a drug overdose or other drug-related causes. Because of this, police are cracking down, particularly on opiates like heroin and prescription pills, because of the major epidemic they are causing. If you have been arrested on drug charges in Pennsylvania,… Read More »

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Domestic violence in Pennsylvania

By Gary E. Gerson |

As a Pittsburgh domestic violence attorney here in western PA, I am posed with various questions on the topic. There is one question, above all, that must be asked, however. And that is the question of self-defense. I have found that many domestic violence cases where one party calls the police against another, they do so… Read More »

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Butler man shot and arrested after threatening family with rifle

By Gary E. Gerson |

Early Sunday morning, two PA state troopers were called to Bessemer Avenue when they received a phone call about a man wielding a gun. Police shot the man, injuring him, when the man turned at police with his rifle. The gunman, whom police identified as a 24-year-old from Butler, was taken to UPMC Presbyterian in… Read More »

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Drunk driving, child endangerment charges against Washington woman

By Gary E. Gerson |

Drunk driving is often associated with other crimes because when people drive drunk they are making a poor decision that will likely affect other decisions. Some other crimes generally associated with drunk driving include fleeing the scene, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and drug possession. When children are involved, however, the court will usually hand down… Read More »

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Pennsylvania crime rates drop

By Gary E. Gerson |

News out of Pennsylvania shows that the number of criminal defense cases is down for the year, with a 1.4% drop in the number of violent crimes between 2013 and 2014. The total number of crimes dropped by 1.2%. This is the second consecutive year during which the total number of crimes has dropped. Authorities say that… Read More »

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Pennsylvania man facing criminal charges for personal expression

By Gary E. Gerson |

In a country that is supposed to support freedom of speech, there are some instances in which asserting this right might lead to criminal charges. A recent case in Pennsylvania might interest readers because the person being charged with crimes might infuriate some people because of the way the man asserted his right to… Read More »

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Pennsylvania officers receive training to help catch drugged drivers

By Gary E. Gerson |

In an effort to reduce the risk of accidents connected to driving while under the influence of drugs, officers throughout the state of Pennsylvania recently received special training. The training, put together by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is designed to provide officers with the information they need to conduct drug evaluations during… Read More »

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