What to do When the Police Contact You

Most people never have contact with the police, at least as a defendant or as the target of an investigation. Most people think “Oh that will never happen to me.” Guess what? It happens all the time. It doesn’t take much for law enforcement to start looking at you as part of an investigation and

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DO I REALLY NEED AN ATTORNEY?

“Do I REALLY need an attorney?” This question is asked quite frequently of me by potential clients who either have a criminal case pending against them or who anticipate a criminal case quickly coming down the pike. My answer is always and unequivocally a resounding “Yes!” Why? (The answer is not always “yes” just so

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Perception v. Reality

Witness Reliability in Criminal Defense Social Media has recently posed the explosive questions: Do you hear “Laurel” or “Yanny?” Is the dress black and blue or white and gold? (https://slate.com/technology/2018/05/yanny-vs-laurel-is-the-dress-for-your-ears.html). These examples demonstrate that our senses are variable, inconsistent and often unreliable. Moreover, even our individual perceptions of actual, recorded “evidence” – – be it

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Is My Case Eligible for Expungement?

Are you eligible for expungement? Good question! Expungement is a court-ordered process by which the legal record of an arrest or certain criminal convictions can be sealed. Arrest records and convictions not expunged will show up on background checks and affect potential employment and educational opportunities, as well as your options for credit. In some

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Proposed Legislation Regarding the DUI 10 Year Look Back Rule

I realize that the majority of the community aren’t particularly sympathetic to drunk driving. There does, however, need to be a balance on how this 10 year look back rule applies. This article includes an effort to limit how many times the Commonwealth can use the rule. https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1872239683058842&id=1530479223901558

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Shepherd’s House open for business

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amnews.com%2F2017%2F02%2F25%2Fshepherds-house-open-for-business-non-residential-facility-to-begin-working-with-clients-monday%2F&h=ATNkJssqldlwB3aVJVyyXrjP81IozmbmKLznDT1vZbctXYObJ-TDAb0x1yCgus9yuUWfVgdL4BWj5_2n46ZQiD6lc4jpFaMfK0XdqXQqdzG6CBm4tt8WlGnS1_GjsAc&s=1&enc=AZP1pfJ8fHMMu8B34ctd_SRxU91BGMDQ8Gg_t6_W5YR7Ip7u_Ta-Q7dnKRaBYSaukPk72E2zf9lDOg7CBaf3Re31

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