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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How Helpful are Alibi Witnesses in a Criminal Trial?

Ask a Criminal Attorney: When Are Alibi Witnesses Helpful? You have seen and heard it often in movies, television, and in real life:  the defendant couldn’t have done the crime because he was not there and he has alibi witnesses as proof.  Well, how persuasive are alibi witnesses in a criminal cases?  The first thing […]

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When Should the Defendant take the Stand in a Criminal Trial?

It is not always an easy decision to make on whether or not the defendant should take the stand in a criminal trial.  First, who makes the decision?  Well, ultimately the defendant decides since it is his trial, but in my experience they almost always do what their attorney suggests since they have the necessary […]

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Why O.J. Simpson Didn’t Help Himself at his Parole Hearing

Philadelphia Attorney Mark Hauser Discusses O.J Simpson Parole O.J. Simpson was recently granted parole and will be released from prison on October 1st, 2017 after serving nine years of incarceration for armed robbery.  Simpson had by all accounts been a model prisoner — he had no negative incidents and he helped out fellow prisoners.  This […]

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What is a Motion for Directed Verdict in a Criminal Trial?

A Motion for a Directed Verdict (“Motion”) is asking the court (i.e., the judge) to issue a Directed Verdict in favor of the defense This motion is made before a case is submitted to the jury, and argues that no reasonable jury could find for the opposing party (i.e., whatever evidence exists for such ruling is […]

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