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November 2014 Archives

How reliable is eyewitness testimony?

In building cases against alleged sex offenders, prosecutors often rely on eyewitness testimony. While on the surface this type of evidence may seem strong, it has been shown that people often misremember details and improperly identify defendants. Understanding how to dig into potentially unreliable eyewitness testimony can be a big component of a strong criminal defense strategy.

Recognizing the danger involved in texting and driving

Pennsylvania motorists live in a busy world, and cellphones make it easier to keep up with the pace. However, texting while driving can result in serious injuries or death to motorists or pedestrians, making it important for those driving to understand the implications of their actions. Statistics reflect the increase in distracted driving incidents, and many such wrecks prove to be fatal or cause serious injuries.

Penalties for credit card crimes under federal law

Congress addressed crimes that are commonly known as credit card fraud in 1984’s Credit Card Fraud Act. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, this was codified as 18 U.S.C. Sect. 1029, with penalties for this type of white collar crime listed under Sect. 1029(c). These penalties are very serious, and Philadelphia residents who are charged with such offenses may want to educate themselves on what they may face if convicted.

Driver fatigue and truck accidents

Transporting freight in large trucks is a vital part of the Pennsylvania economy. However, when large truck drivers don't take proper safety precautions, truck accidents can endanger other drivers. Driving a tractor-trailer over long distances can result in severe driver fatigue. Research has shown that hundreds of deaths that occur each year are attributable to large truck drivers who operate their vehicles while suffering from exhaustion and fatigue.

Appeal possible if prosecutorial misconduct exists

When people are convicted of criminal offenses in Pennsylvania, they may feel as though all hope is gone. However, there are several grounds upon which a criminal appeal can be based, and we at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford have helped many people successfully pursue this option. If we can show that prosecutorial misconduct played a part in someone's criminal trial, for example, it might result in a favorable outcome for the convicted person.

Pennsylvania drunk driving accidents

While most Pennsylvania residents know that it is dangerous to drink and drive, they may not know just how dangerous driving after consuming alcohol can really be. In fact, in 2012, more than 10,000 people lost their lives in drunk driving accidents across the nation.

How do Pennsylvania’s statutory rape laws compare nationally?

Pennsylvania’s laws governing prohibited sexual activity with minors—commonly known as statutory rape—are in many ways in keeping with other states in the country. This can be seen in information from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, which provides a state-by-state breakdown of four basic components of sex crimes involving minors. These components are:

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