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A Mere Encounter Leads To Probable Cause To Arrest

In Commonwealth v. Young, 2017 Pa. Super 142 (May 11, 2017) defendant was approached by three plainclothes police officers who noticed him standing for approximately an hour outside a building known to them for drug trafficking and violent crimes. The officers identified themselves to defendant as law enforcement and asked what he was doing. Defendant Continue reading
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Self-Defense May Be Defense For Crime Of Person Not To Possess Firearm

In Commonwealth v. Miklos, 2017 PA Super 107 (April 17, 2017), Officers arrived on scene to find a man shot and dying. The mortally wounded man claimed that the defendant had shot him.  Thereafter the police arrested and interrogated the defendant who told police that the he and the victim were driving to get pills

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Courts Can Sentence DUI Offenders To A Term of Supervision Less Than The Mandatory Maximum

In Commonwealth v. Popielarcheck, the defendant pled guilty to her second DUI offense in ten years. Prior to sentencing, defendant was required, pursuant to 75 Pa.C.S. § 3814(2), to undergo a full assessment for alcohol and drug addiction, which indicated that she needed additional treatment. Subsequently, defendant was sentenced to two years of county intermediate Continue reading
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Enhanced Penalties For Refusing To Provide Blood (Without A Warrant) Held Illegal

In Commonwealth v. Giron, 2017 Pa.Super 23 (January 31, 2017) defendant was pulled over by police after sideswiping a parked car. Upon engaging the defendant, the officer noted a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the vehicle and defendant’s bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and unsteady gait. At that time, the officer arrested defendant believing he Continue reading