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Blog Posts in January, 2012

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  • How Do I Start a Custody Matter in Pennsylvania?
    How Do I Start a Custody Matter in Pennsylvania?

    A custody complaint must be filed with the county prothonotary's office where the kids have lived for the past 6 months or more. I have often responded to client's questions about if they need to file ...

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  • Career Criminal Offenders- Are you one?
    Career Criminal Offenders- Are you one?

    In the Federal System, a "Career Offender" is a specific designation that will enhance your sentence dramatically, despite the crime committed being a relatively minor one. The U.S. Sentencing ...

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  • Post Conviction Relief in Pennsylvania
    Post Conviction Relief in Pennsylvania

    The "Post Conviction Relief Act" (PCRA) affords relief in limited circumstances in PA. The PCRA provides relief to persons who have been convicted and are currently serving a sentence of incarceration ...

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  • Special Penalties for Commercial Drivers in PA
    Special Penalties for Commercial Drivers in PA

    There are severe enhancements to the penalties in PA that a Commercial Driver (CDL) will suffer on their license that normal, Class "C," drivers do not. In Pennsylvania, Commercial Drivers are held to ...

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  • Pennsylvania State Sentencing Guidelines
    Pennsylvania State Sentencing Guidelines

    The PA Sentencing Guidelines provide a state court with direction on how an offender is to be sentenced. A judge of the court of common pleas of Pennsylvania does not randomly determine a sentence for ...

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  • Traffic Stops and Car Searches
    Traffic Stops and Car Searches

    There is no exception to the warrant requirement in PA for auto searches. Police need one of three things to properly search an automobile. As it stands, the law in Pennsylvania is that there is no ...

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