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January 2018 Archives

Appellate court upholds family law ruling in child custody case

Pennsylvania has subscribed to the Interstate Child Custody Jurisdiction Act, which is a law that provides a set procedure for determining which state may exercise jurisdiction in a custody case involving two or more interested states. The situation arises, for example, when one parent resides in this state and the other parent lives in another state. The issue of custody must be decided in the family law court of one of the two states.

Did police have 'reasonable suspicion' for a DUI traffic stop?

As you drove home after enjoying dinner or happy hour with friends or family, you felt as though you were careful to follow all traffic regulations since you had a couple of drinks. Even though you didn't believe you were intoxicated, you figured it was best to take the extra care.

No drunk driving arrest, but cop surrenders to other charges

When a law enforcement officer is charged with DUI in Pennsylvania or elsewhere, it is usually the best policy to cooperate, show complete transparency and enter into rehabilitative treatment where appropriate. That approach provides the best path back to normalcy for an officer of the law. There is one obvious proviso: if the accused is not guilty of the drunk driving and other allegations, a vigorous defense would be the more appropriate response.

Family law rules include pre-divorce planning and preparations

In Pennsylvania and elsewhere, experts recommend that a spouse who is preparing to file for divorce take some preliminary steps. These actions will increase the chances for a successful transition and for fewer mistakes during the family law proceedings. One early step when marital problems first strike is to seek counseling together. Fairness to oneself and to each other demands that the marital bond be preserved if possible, and in some instances a resolution may be found through counseling.

Criminal defense counsel may claim entrapment in officer's case

Authorities in Pennsylvania regularly monitor the internet for predators seeking sexual contact with minors. The police don't have to look too far when a potential violator places explicit ads on a popular online service. If the suspect agrees to meet a purported minor for sexual contact, and arrives for a designated meeting, the individual will be arrested and in immediate need of criminal defense representation.

Criminal defense counsel will seek disposition of prowling charge

What motivates a man to travel from his state to another state for the purpose of prowling on someone's property? Pennsylvania authorities have arrested a 34-year-old male who resides in a nearby state for trespassing, loitering and prowling at night, along with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, regarding an incident that occurred on Dec. 22. Criminal defense counsel will begin representation as he or she does in all cases, i.e., by conducting a thorough investigation of the facts and events from all perspectives, including the defendant's. 

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