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January 2016 Archives

Defending against tax evasion charges

It is often said that the only inevitable things in life are death and taxes. For any number of reasons, however, people in Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, may not pay their state or federal taxes. At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., we understand that what might have been a minor oversight or misunderstanding could lead to tax evasion charges. In this post, we will discuss possible defenses to these potentially serious criminal allegations.

The dangers of excavation work on construction sites

Safety is of paramount importance on building sites in Pennsylvania and around the country due to the hazardous nature of the work being performed, and excavation and trenching are among the most dangerous construction activities. Construction workers digging deep trenches may be most concerned about possible cave-ins, but oxygen deprivation, toxic fume inhalation and drowning in confined spaces are also significant risks.

Bill Cosby asks judge to toss Pennsylvania sex assault charges

There are statutes of limitations on criminal charges, including sex offenses. This means that the authorities have a certain amount of time in order to file criminal charges against people. Consequently, things from the past may come back in the future, and cause serious legal issues for people in Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. This was the case with some of the recent sexual assault allegations that have been made against actor and comedian, Bill Cosby.

Overexertion and musculoskeletal work injuries

Every year in Pennsylvania and around the country, many workers are injured on the job. Of the injuries that are suffered, the majority result from overexertion of the musculoskeletal system, as revealed by data from both Liberty Mutual and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

An overview of blood alcohol concentration levels

When motorists in the state of Pennsylvania area found to have a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, level of .08 or higher, they may be arrested for drunk driving. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were more than 52,000 people arrested for driving under the influence across the state in 2014. While most of the drivers who find themselves facing such charges know they have consumed alcohol, many think that their BAC level is within the legal limit. Thus, it behooves people to understand BAC levels and the factors that affect them in order to avoid serious drunk driving charges.

Mining accident death rate falls to lowest level recorded

Pennsylvania residents may recall media reports about a coal dust explosion in West Virginia that claimed the lives of 29 mineworkers in 2010. Following the tragedy, the Mine Safety and Health Administration began to conduct what are referred to as special impact inspections that are designed to hold mining operations that flout safety regulations accountable. The safety agency say that an increase in the number of this type of inspection was largely responsible for a dramatic reduction in the number of mineworkers who lost their lives in workplace accidents in 2015.

Is eyewitness testimony always reliable evidence?

If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Pennsylvania, or elsewhere, then you know that your arrest may have been based on eyewitness testimony. Identifications and testimony given by eyewitnesses have long been considered one of the most reliable types of evidence. More and more, however, it has been shown that eyewitness recall might not be as accurate as it was once thought to be. In fact, Science magazine reports that eyewitness testimony was the basis for approximately 75 percent of wrongful convictions for murder and rape.

Avoid road rage for better safety behind the wheel

Commuters in Pennsylvania would do well to keep their tempers from flaring when they are stuck in heavy traffic. The aggression-fueled mistakes associated with road rage have been killing more people in recent years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 208 people died in accidents attributed to road rage in 2008. The death toll had risen to 392 by 2012.

Gregory R. Gifford
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    "Gregory R. Gifford, a partner at the Lansdale law firm of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford, P.C., was elected Vice President of the Montgomery Bar Association on January 13, 2017. Mr. Gifford is a past Director of the Association and has also served as its Treasurer and Secretary"Read more...

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