Civil Asset Forfeiture

Civil Asset Forfeiture

Pennsylvania’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Law has been disputed many times in court as a law that gives too much power to the police without giving them the burden of proof. Under PA’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Law, a police officer or government entity is legally allowed to...
Automatic Consent to K-9 Searches

Automatic Consent to K-9 Searches

Randy Valdivia was stopped along Interstate 80 by a Pennsylvania State Trooper, after failing to use his blinker when changing lanes. During the stop, he signed a form consenting to a vehicle search, and a canine sniff of packages in the car revealed that Valdivia...
Date Rape

Date Rape

Randy Valdivia was stopped along Interstate 80 by a Pennsylvania State Trooper, after failing to use his blinker when changing lanes. During the stop, he signed a form consenting to a vehicle search, and a canine sniff of packages in the car revealed that Valdivia...
Strangulation

Strangulation

In October 2016, Governor Tom Wolf passed House Bill 1518, which makes strangulation a criminal offense in the state of Pennsylvania. This was signed into law as a part of Domestic Violence Awareness, and came into effect on January 1, 2017. By signing this bill into...
Veteran’s Court

Veteran’s Court

Pennsylvania is home to nearly one million veterans, one of the largest populations of veterans out of any state, and, because of this, some counties in Pennsylvania have a specific court designed to help veterans when they are faced with criminal charges....

Changing Your Name After a Divorce

In the state of Pennsylvania, changing one’s name is a relatively simple process. This blog attempts to outline some of the steps that may be needed to get through the process of changing one’s name after a divorce. In the state of Pennsylvania, changing...
Pennsylvania’s ARD Program

Pennsylvania’s ARD Program

Simply put, the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program is a pre-trial diversion program that allows first time offenders of certain crimes to obtain a “stay” of their case, pending successful completion of a probation period, after which the offender can...
New Expungement Legislation

New Expungement Legislation

Oftentimes, when a citizen is convicted of a crime, they feel as though it will tarnish their record forever. However, this does not always have to be the case. New Pennsylvania legislation has been introduced to expand on expungements. On October 27, Harrisburg...
Collaborative Divorce: FAQs

Collaborative Divorce: FAQs

Should I choose Collaborative Divorce? In order to determine if you are ready for the collaborative process, ask yourself a couple questions: Are you open to compromise and solutions that will satisfy both you and your spouse? Do you want to make decisions that will...