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There are no bail bondsmen in Philadelphia. The court system, in its own way, acts as a bondsman. An individual need only post ten percent of the total bail, and he or she will be released. (If bail is ten thousand, one thousand in cash gets you…

US Supreme Court

A distinguished lawyer call our office this morning to discuss a previous post on summary offenses, where the reader could interpret our post to mean that summary offenses are not crimes. He stated that under Commonwealth v. Matty, 619 A.2d 1383 (Pa. Super. 1993), certain summary offenses are…

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Statistics[1] show that tens of thousands of individuals are placed under arrest for prostitution-related activities every year in the United States. While the traditional view of a prostitution arrest involves a woman offering sexual acts for money, Pennsylvania criminal law[2] sets out a number of criminal offenses related to prostitution that…

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As a defense attorney in Philadelphia, I receive a great many questions regarding summary appeals, so I thought I should write about summary appeals as a review. Understand what is written in this post is not meant to include Philadelphia county. In Philadelphia county my answers would…

Civil rights attorneys serve an important role by helping people whose constitutional rights have been violated. They are an integral safeguard in our society and ensure that when the government has overstepped its bounds, someone is holding them accountable. Civil rights violations are often committed by…

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Prisoner Rights Recently, a report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights revealed that the nation’s prisons have failed to manage the growth of the female prison population to protect incarcerated women’s rights. The report shows women disproportionately experience physical and psychological harms while incarcerated and…

Excessive-Force

Pennsylvania law permits police officers to use force against citizens while acting in the line of duty. While making an arrest, for instance, an officer “is justified in the use of any force which he believes to be necessary to effect the arrest and of any force…

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From 1941 to 1945, the government used posters to remind citizens that careless comments, no matter how innocent or unassuming they may be, could prove useful to the enemy. One World War II poster showed a fish with his mouth open, about to be hooked by an…

In Pennsylvania, there were 1,137 fatal vehicle crashes in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 314 of these deaths, alcohol impairment played a role—28 percent of the total. Across the U.S., there is one death every 50 minutes from a crash related to…