What is Fair in Kamala Harris Cross Examination Controversy?

As I watched some of the recent Senate Hearings, a Senator from California and a former District Attorney and Democrat, Kamala Harris, caused some controversy twice.  Depending on your viewpoint, she either was rudely interrupted by white male colleagues (her mother is Tamil Indian and her father is Jamican-American) or she rudely interrupted the person […]

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Your Criminal Trial is Where the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys Shine

So, you’ve had your final Pretrial Conference and was given a trial date, now what?  Well, after all the motions (if any) are heard, your trial will begin.  If you have chosen a waiver or judge trial, opening arguments are almost always skipped since they are deemed not necessary with a judge since he or […]

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What happens at your Final Pre-trial Conference?

The most important thing that happens at your final pre-trial conference is that you are given your trial date if one was not chosen earlier.  In Philadelphia, a judge or waive trial is usually only one or two months from that date, however, a jury trial can be three to twelve months away depending on […]

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Why Should I Waive My Right to a Jury?

If you decide that you are not going to plead guilty, then you now have two choices left:  1. a jury trial and 2. a waiver of judge trial.  What’s the difference?  Well in both trials, the judge would make all legal rulings (such as a motion to suppress or what other evidence can used […]

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It Always Helps to Have the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer at Your Pre-trial Conference

So, what happens after your Preliminary Hearing and before your trial?  In Philadelphia, for example, you are given an arraignment exactly three (3) weeks afterwards.  Not much happens there except that you are given your Pre-trial court date in a “Smart Room”, where the offers are made (about three (3) weeks later).  In addition, on […]

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What Will I Need for My Preliminary Hearing?

While not as important as your Trial, your Preliminary Hearing is still very important.  So, what happens at a Preliminary Hearing?  Essentially, a Judge (or in some communities, a District Justice) has to determine if the charges that have been filed against you should go forward to the trial stage.  This is done after the […]

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You Might Need the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer at Your Bail Hearing

Or maybe not — it depends on the seriousness of the charges.  So, what exactly happens when a person gets arrested and has a bail hearing?  After a person is picked up after being charged with a crime (in Philadelphia County), they are either held at a police district or the “Roundhouse” (at 8th and […]

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Don’t Consent to Vehicle Searches

As one of Philadelphia’s premier criminal defense lawyers, I represent countless clients who put themselves into tough situations simply because they did not know when to stop talking to police or when to refuse a search. This is especially true during traffic stops, when police officers may use vague or shady tactics to get you […]

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Challenges to Pennsylvania’s Flawed DUI Laws

Last Summer, a little known case went before the United States Supreme Court. The effects of its decision have since been rippling across the US, in many cases changing longstanding statutes regarding blood samples relating to DUI’s. The journey from a North Dakota drunk driving stop to the Pennsylvania superior court is a prime example […]

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New Pennsylvania Expungement Law — the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer can Now Help.

Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 166, sponsored by Senator Stewart Greenleaf, into law, which expands criminal record sealing in Pennsylvania in order to reduce recidivism, relieve the pardon system, and provide ex-offenders greater opportunity to join the workforce. Governor Wolf was joined today at a bill signing ceremony by Sen. Greenleaf, Rep. Jordan Harris, […]

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