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Criminal Defendants, You Get What You Pay For

Criminal defendants, as you travel through life you often hear the old adage, "you get what you pay for".  This is never more true than when you find yourself charged with committing a crime.  In this woeful economy, more and more criminal defendants are turning to lawyers to represent them who have little or no criminal law experience.  And the results can be disasterous!  Criminal lawyers, those who regularly practice criminal law, understand the nuances of the charges and also the ways to provide you with the best representation. 

Pennsylvania Sobriety Checkpoints Must Follow Specific Rules

The fight against drunk driving has led to tougher penalties and more aggressive detection tactics by law enforcement. Many police departments conduct sobriety checkpoints as a way to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads. Pennsylvania courts have had to decide if sobriety checkpoints were valid under the state and federal constitution.

No More Policing Profanity in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvanians now have the freedom to swear without fear of retribution - at least from the Pennsylvania State Police. For years, the Pennsylvania State Police have followed a policy of issuing disorderly conduct citations when citizens have used profanity in front of them. The State Police issued 770 disorderly conduct tickets for swearing in 2008 and 2009 alone, according to attorney Mary Catherine Roper of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Alcohol and Caffeine: A Potentially Dangerous Combination for Drivers

Folk wisdom offers no shortage of remedies for those who need to sober up quickly - cold showers, food and caffeine are just a few of the ways people try to diminish the effects of alcohol when circumstances require that they sober up. Unfortunately, when someone decides to rely on these "remedies" before driving, the legal consequences may be serious.

Failure to Warn Client of Loss of Pension

In a recent Superior Court of Pennsylvania case, Commonwealth v. Abraham, 996 A2d 1090 (Pa. Super. 2010), the Court held that the failure of counsel to advise his client that a direct consequence of entering a guilty plea to Indecent Assault with a female student would be the forfeiture of his vested pension rights was ineffective assistance of counsel.  The lesson we learn is that whenever a client pleads to any criminal offense, we are obligated to make certain that the client understands all of the consequences of the plea.  The court makes a distinction between a direct consequence and a collateral consequence.

"Legally Speaking" on WNPV 1440 AM for August 2010

"Legally Speaking," is a legal radio talk show airing on WPNV AM 1440 and hosted by the attorneys of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford, a law firm located in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. WNPV 1440 AM serves listeners in Montgomery and Bucks counties.

"Legally Speaking" on WNPV 1440 AM for July 2010

The July shows for WPNV AM 1440's "Legally Speaking," a radio talk show hosted by the lawyers of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford ranged from discussions on privacy law to personal health and well-being to estate planning strategies.

"Legally Speaking" on WNPV 1440 AM for June 2010

The attorneys of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford present "Legally Speaking" on WPNV AM 1440 each Wednesday from 11:10 to noon. Each week, an attorney from the firm hosts the radio show and, along with community guests, fields questions on the topic of the day. Listen to "Legally Speaking" each week and if you would like to call in, contact WPNV's studios at 215-855-8211, 215-723-2116 or toll-free at 1-800-355-WNPV.

Expunging the Expungement

In an effort to try to effectively expunge clients' records, a central Pennsylvania lawyer included in proposed orders that two local newspapers be ordered by the court to expunge his clients' records.  A judge signed the orders and the lawyer sent certified copies to the two newspapers which directed the newspapers to delete references to arrests of the clients that appeared earlier in the papers, and which could still be viewed on the internet.  The papers objected, and the judge reversed the order, citing the First Amendment and the strong protection given the news media.  The judge said, "I can't tell them what to do." 

Even Arrestees Must Provide DNA?

The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved a bill that would give states about $75 million each to enact legislation that would mirror a federal law that requires DNA collection from people arrested for certain crimes. The federal legislation requires federal agencies to collect DNA samples from those arrested, and for the samples to be included in the FBI's Convicted Offender DNA Index System. Currently, DNA samples collected by state law enforcement are not added to the federal database.

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