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May 27, 2021
Appealing a Pennsylvania Criminal Conviction

Appealing a Pennsylvania Criminal Conviction

If you’re convicted of a crime in Pennsylvania, you have a limited time to file a challenge under the Pennsylvania Post-Conviction Relief Act (PCRA). But if you meet PCRA’s criteria, you could obtain a fair resolution, have your conviction overturned and/or your sentence reduced. The PCRA is a Pennsylvania law that allows you to file […]

April 12, 2021
Can I appeal a criminal conviction from a car search?

Can I appeal a criminal conviction from a car search?

We get many questions from clients on criminal law in Pennsylvania, including, most recently, the one that headlines this blog: “Can I appeal a criminal conviction from a car search?” Thanks to a significant development just a few months ago, the answer may be ‘yes.’ Back in 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court cleared the way […]

February 4, 2021
Government Spotlight for 2021: Money Laundering

Government Spotlight for 2021: Money Laundering

Efforts to combat money laundering in 2021 are coming to fruition, according to an article in ABA Risk and Compliance. Additionally, federal agencies also plan to bolster anti money laundering (AML) compliance by overhauling old systems and harnessing the power of technology. The Financial Action Task Force, which sets international standards for financial crimes like […]

November 30, 2020
Shifting the Focus to White-Collar Crimes

Shifting the Focus to White-Collar Crimes

White-collar criminals who escaped notice during the Trump administration may be held to greater scrutiny under Biden, according to a recent article in the Portland Press Herald. Corporate wrongdoing, cheating on taxes, and taking foreign bribes are expected to be key focuses for federal prosecutors. Under the Trump administration, there was a 30% drop in […]

Prison Civil Rights Violations – Prison Assault and Abuse – Prison Inmates’ Suicide as Possible Civil Rights Violation

Prison Civil Rights Violations – Prison Assault and Abuse – Prison Inmates’ Suicide as Possible Civil Rights Violation

When prison officials assault or abuse inmates, the inmates may sue those officials and the municipality that runs the prison. A plaintiff inmate can hold the corrections officers directly responsible for the assault or abuse through theories of assault and battery or negligence. The inmate may also hold the municipality directly responsible through a claim […]