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When are Juveniles Charged as Adults in Pittsburgh, PA

In Pennsylvania, the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems are very different. The juvenile system helps young offenders learn and change, while the adult system focuses on punishment. Sometimes, juveniles in PA can be charged as adults. This usually happens…

Can Cell Phone Video Be Used as Evidence in Court in Pennsylvania?

It is very common for people to take their phones out and photograph or film exciting things in their daily lives. If you are witnessing a crime, it is understandable that you may begin recording the incident on your cell…

Considering a Plea in Pennsylvania? What You Need to Know

Plea bargains, or plea agreements, are common across the United States. According to the Innocence Project, 97% of criminal cases are resolved through plea bargains. But, many defendants may not fully understand the pros and cons before agreeing to them….

What Happens to Medical Professionals in PA Who Are Accused of Sex Crimes?

Whether it involves doctors, nurses, or dentists, when medical professionals in Pennsylvania face accusations of sex crimes, the repercussions are devastating, affecting not only their personal lives but also their careers and professional standing. At Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal…

When is There Probable Cause to Search a Vehicle in Pennsylvania?

Vehicle Search and Seizure Laws in Pennsylvania The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently restricted the police’s ability to search your vehicle unless they have a very good reason. The court’s 55-page decision boils down to when officers can and cannot search…

What to Do When You Are Falsely Accused of a Crime in Pennsylvania

False criminal accusations in Pennsylvania can completely alter your life and tarnish your reputation. Whether you’re accused of theft, assault, drug possession, or any other criminal offense, understanding your rights and taking proactive measures is paramount. If you are falsely…

What Are Your Rights When the Police Pull You Over in Pennsylvania?

There’s often a misunderstanding on what a police officer can and cannot do during a traffic stop in Pennsylvania. In an effort to be compliant with police and act in good faith, you might end up making self-incriminating statements or…

What College Students Should Expect if Charged with a Crime in PA

PA universities, colleges, and technical institutes are remarkable centers of learning. But sometimes, college students learn lessons the hard way if they are arrested or charged with a crime. In mild scenarios, these charges could translate to a warning from…

How to Deal with Disorderly Conduct Charges in Pittsburgh

Even though disorderly conduct is often charged as a summary offense in PA, which is the least serious of crimes, you can still face jail and other negative consequences if convicted. The penalties are even tougher if you are facing…

Criminal Convictions That May Disqualify You From a CCW Permit in Pennsylvania

Charged With a Crime in Pennsylvania? It May Affect Your CCW Permit Under the Second Amendment, we have the right to bear arms. However, this right is not unlimited. This means that under certain circumstances, your right to carry a…