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Blog Posts in April, 2013

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  • "Exigent Circumstances"- A Limited Exception to the Warrant Requirement

    The courts must undertake a balancing test to determine if an exigent circumstance trumps the individual's right to unwarranted search and seizure. In a recent Pennsylvania Superior Court case, the ...

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  • False Identification by Minors,
    False Identification by Minors, "Faking Your Way Through It"

    Carrying a false ID is a crime that could land you in jail and cost you your driver's license . I started thinking about minors who use fake IDs when I wrote a blog post a few days ago about a woman ...

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  • Tractor Trailer Accidents- Common Causes
    Tractor Trailer Accidents- Common Causes

    Tractor-Trailers (often referred to as semi-trucks) are practically a lifeline to our economy and way of life. Large trucks are responsible for transporting a majority of our goods in the United ...

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  • Common injuries caused by Rollover Accidents
    Common injuries caused by Rollover Accidents

    Rollovers are one of the most dangerous types of accidents on the road. Rollover's account for only 2.1% of all accidents but 35% of all deaths caused by roadway accidents. Apart from fatalities ...

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  • What is 'Discovery' in a Criminal Case?
    What is 'Discovery' in a Criminal Case?

    'Discovery' is the disclosure of evidence that will be used against the accused at trial or may be used by the accused to defend themselves. In Brady v. Maryland , 373 U.S. 83 (1963), the United State ...

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  • PA Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Probable Cause Affidavits-
    PA Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Probable Cause Affidavits- "Four Corners" Redefined

    When a fact in an affidavit is specifically challenged (as opposed to a generic, global challenge to the affidavit's sufficiency) the Commonwealth is permitted to call witnesses to go beyond its four ...

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