Your Criminal Trial is Where the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys Shines

June 5, 2019

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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It Helps Having A Criminal Defense Lawyer at Your Pre-trial Conference

May 28, 2019

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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You Need the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer at Your Bail Hearing

May 15, 2019

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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New PA Expungement Law — the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer Helps

May 6, 2019

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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The Best Criminal Defense Attorney Explains Your Trial Options to You

April 21, 2019

Once your case is held for court and gets past the preliminary hearing, you will have four basic options as to how your case will progress.  Your choices are:  1. Jury Trial; 2. Judge or Waiver Trial; 3. Negotiated Guilty Plea; and 4. Open Guilty Plea.  The difference between a jury trial and a waiver…

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Learn What Options You Have In Philadelphia Criminal Trials

April 1, 2019

Once your case is held for court and gets past the preliminary hearing, you will have four basic options as to how your case will progress.  Your choices are:  1. Jury Trial; 2. Judge or Waiver Trial; 3. Negotiated Guilty Plea; and 4. Open Guilty Plea.  The difference between a jury trial and a waiver…

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The Best Criminal Defense Attorney can Help at Your Preliminary Hearing

March 17, 2019

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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What is the Stop and Frisk Law in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia

February 6, 2019

Can the police in Philadelphia stop and frisk you without a good reason? No. A stop-and-frisk refers to a brief non-intrusive police stop of a suspect. The Fourth Amendment requires that before stopping the suspect, the police must have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been, is being, or is about to be committed…

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Should You Take the Stand at Your Criminal Trial?

December 31, 2018

After the Commonwealth (or State) rests in your criminal case you will have a chance to put on a defense by providing evidence and testimony. One such evidence is your direct testimony, i.e, you taking the stand. But should you? Theoretically, the trier of fact (a judge or a jury) cannot hold it against you…

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The Best Criminal Defense Attorney Won’t Have the Defendant Testify at a Criminal Preliminary Hearing

November 29, 2018

If you have ever been involved in or watched a Criminal Preliminary Hearing — afterwards you might have wondered why the defendant didn’t take the stand. The reason that the defendant rarely, if ever, takes the stand is because of the legal rules of a preliminary hearing. Since credibility is not assessed, the judge has…

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