Recent Posts in the Criminal Defense Category

  • Consent Can be a Legal Defense
    By F. Clay Merris, Esq. Another defense to a crime in Pennsylvania is that of “consent.” Pursuant to 18 Pa.C.S. 311, “[t]he consent of the victim to ...
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  • They're Your Rights, Use Them!
    By John P. Muncer, Esq. “You have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you!... You have the right to an ...
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  • Legal Immunity for Those Who Report an Overdose
    By F. Clay Merris, Esq. In 2014, in response to the emerging opioid crisis in Pennsylvania, the legislature passed the Drug Overdose Response Immunity ...
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  • Out-of-State DUIs Follow You to Pennsylvania
    By Victor G. Myers, Esq. I’ve heard it many times, “I had a DUI outside the state of Pennsylvania a long time ago and it’s no longer on my record. It ...
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  • Entrapment, It Does Happen.
    By F. Clay Merris, Esq. I have had many a defendant in a criminal case seek my counsel and ensure me that the defense should be easy, as the police ...
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  • Criminal Defense “de Minimis”
    By F. Clay Merris, Esq. Another little-known defense to the prosecution of an alleged criminal act is to assert that the act in question was “de ...
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  • “I Was Forced to Do It”
    By F. Clay Merris, Esq. One little known defense for the commission of a crime is that it was committed under duress. In Pennsylvania, if someone is ...
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  • Assault in PA
    By F. Clay Merris, Esq. In Pennsylvania, the grading of an assault charge depends not only on how extensive and severe the alleged assault is, but ...
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