The attorney recently elected district attorney of Philadelphia County is keeping the promises he made during the campaign. Larry Krasner, a Pennsylvania criminal defense and civil rights attorney, promised reform of the system and a battle against mass incarceration. He started his tenure by firing 31 attorneys in the District Attorney's office shortly after taking over. He followed by directing his assistants not to accept charges of marijuana possession and other selected charges.
Pennsylvania cities with professional sports are hungry for victory and recognition. Philadelphia football is probably the neediest of them all. Consequently, the recent Eagles' Super Bowl victory marked the end of a very long draught and gave the people there an outlet for pent-up emotions. Unfortunately, it appears that some took the celebrating too far, resulting in arrests and the need for criminal defense counsel to represent dozens of accused individuals.
Pennsylvania is as afflicted with the specter of high-school age shooters as every other state. As such events get publicized, the authorities may be learning to make quick arrests rather than risk the consequences of not acting. Occasionally, a parent or other alleged adult accomplice needs a good criminal defense counsel along with the child. The adult is likely to be charged with criminal neglect in not stopping the minor from possessing firearms or taking other threatening actions.
Traffic stops in Pennsylvania are a major source of drug arrests. Criminal defense attorneys, however, are always careful to examine closely the facts of a traffic stop that ends in a drug arrest. The police must have reasonable suspicion to stop the vehicle in the first place and then they must have reasonable cause to conduct an intrusive search of the occupants and the vehicle.
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.
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.
Traffic stops in Pennsylvania are a substantial source of drug arrests and prosecutions. When the authorities question a driver stopped on an alleged traffic violation, they may observe suspicious activity that can lead to a reasonable suspicion, and then probable cause, to make an arrest for drugs. Criminal defense attorneys are adept at investigating such circumstances to determine if the police went over the bounds of constitutional propriety in their procedures.
Generally, in Pennsylvania constables are used to serve court papers and engage in other miscellaneous law enforcement activities. A constable is elected to office but must become state certified prior to engaging in the full realm of authorized activities. Like anyone else, constables will have to retain a criminal defense attorney and defend any criminal charges brought against them.
What happens to the criminal justice system when it is the prosecutor himself who is arrested and charged with crime? This is the question being pondered in Mercer County where District Attorney Miles Karson has been charged with 17 misdemeanor crimes by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office. To be sure, even a prosecutor must obtain counsel and present a criminal defense to the charges just like anyone else in that situation.
Arrests for marijuana possession in Pennsylvania were up by 33 percent between 2010 and 2016, according to a report issued by the American Civil Liberties Union. The law enforcement trend in the state disproportionately targeted African-Americans, who are now eight times more likely to be arrested for possession than whites, even though usage of the drug is similar among persons of different races. The study has resulted in calls from various officials and some criminal defense attorneys for legalization of the drug.