1. Drug Cases - The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act Drug cases are among the most common types of criminal cases in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania’s Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act (Act) defines drug possession offenses. See 35 Pennsylvania Statutes § 780-113. Common offenses under the Act include Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Deliver/Manufacture. Common drugs in Philadelphia criminal cases include marijuana, cocaine, crack or heroin. Other cases may...
- Child Pornography
- Domestic Violence Cases
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Drug Crimes
- Federal White Collar Crime
- Health Care Fraud
- International Criminal Law and Extradition
- Internet Crime
- Misdemeanor / Felony Crimes
- Money Laundering and Racketeering (RICO)
- Professional Licensure Issues
- Sex Crimes & Abuse Allegations
- September 30, 2016
The SCOTUS recently addressed several issues that will impact blood alcohol testing in Pennsylvania Birchfield v. North Dakota, 579 U.S. ___ (2016)
- September 16, 2016
Third Circuit Rules Senator’s Acts Not Protected
- August 18, 2016
Third Circuit Says Government Can’t Infringe upon the Right of Allocution (U.S. v. Jason Moreno)
- July 21, 2016
A defendant who is convicted for committing federal sexual exploitation and child pornography crimes and who pays criminal restitution to the victim can be sued in a civil action by the victim for damages for the same offense (under 18 U.S.C. Sec. 2225)
- June 14, 2016
Arizona’s Highest Court Resolves Questions regarding DUI Convictions of Medical Marijuana Users (Dobson v. McClennen, 238 Ariz. 389 (2015))
Misdemeanor / Felony Crimes
A federal appeals court has recently overturned a man’s conviction and 18 year prison sentence because of an illegal government investigation. The illegal search and investigation stems from a Naval Criminal Investigative agent using a software program to search private computers throughout the State of Washington for child pornography. The Department of Justice justified the search by arguing that the investigator was searching military installations when he came...
The Supreme Court recently ruled that police do not always need a warrant to search your property. As long as two occupants disagree about allowing officers to enter, and the resident who refuses access is then arrested, police may enter the residence. This contradicts previous case law from 2006. Prior to this new decision, when there was a disagreement between two occupants about allowing officers to enter, the refusal by one party would have kept authorities from entering the home, without a search. The majority of the Justices now say police need not take the time to get a...
Posted in: Misdemeanor / Felony Crimes
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently reviewed a case involving “live-stop” procedures. A police Corporal in Harrisburg, PA initiated a vehicle stop after the defendant was observed entering the flow of traffic without using a turn signal. The vehicle, driven by the defendant, pulled over and came to rest with the passenger side tires close to the curb so that the vehicle was not blocking traffic or causing a safety hazard. The defendant was found to be driving under a suspended license and without the required emissions sticker. The defendant was placed under arrest and the...
Posted in: Misdemeanor / Felony Crimes
Antoine Jones was being investigated by the FBI and a local police department for narcotics violations. During the course of the investigation, the FBI placed a global positioning device on Jones’s vehicle without a warrant. This device tracked his movements 24 hours a day for about four weeks. The government used the tracking information in the criminal trial against Jones to show his whereabouts and to show how Jones visited the “narcotics stash house” on multiple occasions. After numerous arguments and...