Why You Should Never Make a Statement to the Police

I have been practicing Criminal Defense in the Philadelphia area for over 25 years and I want to talk to you today about a very common occurrence: You have either been arrested or the police have called you up and said that they want to talk to you about a crime in which you may […]

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Can I Expunge My Criminal Record in Pennsylvania?

As of October 2016 certain criminal convictions can be expunged from your record in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania expungement law allows for the expungement of convictions for misdemeanors of the 2nd or 3rd degree (often notated as M2 or M3), after ten years have passed and the person is conviction free. The crime cannot be punishable […]

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You Will Still Need the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer if Your Appeal is Granted

The first thing that you need to understand about your Criminal Appeal is that you were only challenging the errors in the criminal process or in the application of the law.  You will not get an automatic acquittal via an appeal and you are not automatically guaranteed a new trial.  You may get an acquittal […]

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Should You Appeal Your Criminal Case if You are Convicted?

Well, that depends if something happened improper happened at your trial.  There is no point filing an appeal just because you don’t like the result.  That is called a frivolous appeal and attorneys have an ethical obligation not to file them even though sometimes they do.  There are several appealable issues in a criminal case. […]

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Is Marijuana Decriminalized in Philadelphia?

Well, yes and no.  In 2014, Philadelphia became America’s largest city to remove criminal penalties for possession of less than 30 grams of the plant and up to 8 grams of hash.  Arrests dropped by an estimated 10,000, saving the city millions.  However, buying or purchasing marijuana does not fall under the scope of the […]

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Pennsylvania’s “Sexually Violent Predator” Classification Ruled Unconstitutional

On October 31, 2017,  a panel of appellate judges ruled last week in the case of the case of Commonwealth v. Butler that Pennsylvania’s established process to designate a convicted sex offender as a “sexually violent predator” is unconstitutional.  The Court held that that 42 Pa C.S.A. § 9799.24(e)(3), the section of the Sexual Offender […]

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Will Trump’s Staff Need to Get the Best Criminal Defense Attorney?

Ask a Criminal Attorney: Will Trump’s Staff Get A Great Criminal Defense Attorney? One guilty plea and two Federal Indictments at the hands of Robert Mueller against Trump’s staff last week – should the defendants be worried?  Very,  Federal Indictments, while not infallible, are always serious and thorough.  One attorney in a bail hearing called […]

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Should I Appeal My Case Criminal Case if I Get Convicted?

Philadelphia Attorney Discusses Whether You Should Appeal A Conviction It seems that everyone that gets convicted of a crime wants to appeal their case.  Should they and when?  You cannot appeal your case until after your sentencing and you must file it within thirty (30) days after your sentencing and it must be in writing […]

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What Happens at a Criminal Sentencing?

Philadelphia Criminal Attorney Discusses What Happens At Sentencing So the defendant is found guilty in a criminal trial — by either a judge or a jury — now what?  In Pennsylvania, the jury does not participate in the sentencing except in death penalty cases.  Hence, in all other cases, the defendant is at the mercy […]

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You Need the Best Criminal Defense Attorney for a Great Closing Argument

Mark D. Hauser Discusses Why You Need Great Attorney for Closing Argument

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