Pennsylvania’s “Sexually Violent Predator” Classification Ruled Unconstitutional

November 18, 2017

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

October 14, 2017

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?

September 27, 2017

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

September 14, 2017

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?

August 29, 2017

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?

August 16, 2017

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

July 6, 2017

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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Your Criminal Trial is Where the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys Shine

June 1, 2017

Learn How To Tell If Your Criminal Defense Attorney Is Doing A Great Job 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…

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What happens at your Final Pre-trial Conference?

May 14, 2017

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?

April 27, 2017

Learn The Pro’s & Con’s Of Waiving Jury Rights 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…

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