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Blog Posts in February, 2016

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  • Rear End Collisions
    Rear End Collisions

    The mere happening of a rear end collision is not enough to show negligence. The driver of a motor vehicle is prohibited from following another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, ...

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  • Design Defects and Notice
    Design Defects and Notice

    A design defect in a product or place may be cause for not only compensatory damages but for punitive damages. Under appropriate circumstances, evidence of prior accidents involving a product is ...

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  • Post Conviction Relief- Exception to the One Year Time Bar for Newly Discovered Evidence
    Post Conviction Relief- Exception to the One Year Time Bar for Newly Discovered Evidence

    Newly discovered evidence is an exception to the one year time bar in PCRA's. The statutory exception to the one-year limitations period governing a petition for post-conviction relief based on newly ...

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  • Effective Assistance of Counsel in the Plea Negotiation Process
    Effective Assistance of Counsel in the Plea Negotiation Process

    A defendant has the right to effective assistance of counsel during the plea negotiation process . A criminal defendant has the right to effective counsel during a plea process as well as during ...

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  • Changes Coming to the Expungement of Criminal Records
    Changes Coming to the Expungement of Criminal Records

    SB 166 expands the scope of allowable expungements as well as save from dissemination to employers certain misdemeanor offenses. Governor Tom Wolf recently signed into law Senate Bill 166 which will ...

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  • Probable Cause is Required to Conduct a Canine Sniff of a Person In Pennsylvania
    Probable Cause is Required to Conduct a Canine Sniff of a Person In Pennsylvania

    A DRUG DOG SNIFF OF PERSON REQUIRES PROBABLE CAUSE, MORE THAN JUST REASONABLE SUSPICION. A canine sniff test by a trained drug detection dog does not constitute a search under the Fourth Amendment, ...

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