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Motion to Suppress: Search Warrant PA Legal Update
  • Published: March 1, 2021

Motion to Suppress: Search Warrants Required for Car Searches (Again!) A Motion to Suppress from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas has significantly changed Pennsylvania law. On December 22, 2020, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a warrant is (once again!) required for car searches in Pennsylvania.  This ruling gives new strengths to Motions to Suppress evidence from car stops throughout the Commonwealth. Elections have consequences and the new Democratic majority of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court have ruled in favor of people’s rights.  The Supreme Court explicitly overruled Commonwealth v. Gary, which since 2014 had reduced the rights of Defendants in Pennsylvania to the federal bare minimum standards. Commonwealth…Read More

First 5 Steps After Being Injured In A Drunk Driving Accident
  • Published: February 9, 2021

The decision to drink and drive not only endangers the life of the person who drives while intoxicated, but also the lives of others on the road. One of the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol is the causation of a serious or severe accident. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents are a common occurrence. In the United States, thousands of people are injured in drunk driving accidents every year. Tragically, many lose their lives. After an accident with a drunk driver, it is important to recognize that you have legal options and recourses. The state of Pennsylvania considers drunk driving a crime, especially if it caused an…Read More

Pedestrian Accident Update: Sudden Emergency Doctrine
  • Published: February 7, 2021

In December 2020, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Graham v. Check, overturned a trial court's decision to instruct the jury on the sudden emergency doctrine in a pedestrian v. car accident case where the plaintiff was struck while lawfully crossing the street within the cross walk. In Graham, the Plaintiff began crossing the street in downtown Pittsburgh, at approximately 6:00 a.m. while wearing dark clothing. The Plaintiff was walking in a marked crosswalk at ordinary walking speed. When the plaintiff was about halfway across the street, the light turned green for oncoming traffic and simultaneously, a vehicle approached the intersection at speed. The driver of the vehicle testified that…Read More

Delco Car Accident Settlement: $100,000.00
  • Published: January 17, 2021

Delaware County, PA Car Accident Settlement Troy Crichton, Esq., Delco lawyer, has secured a $100,000.00 settlement on behalf of a woman injured in a DelCo car accident.   The client was struck on the passenger side of her Toyota Prius by a Ford D-150 which pulled out in front of her while she was stopped in notorious DelCo traffic. Although the Defendant was clearly at fault for not seeing her Toyota Prius as he negligently pulled into traffic, this matter was initially denied by the Defendant's insurance company on the basis of limited tort.  (Click here for a discussion of the types of auto insurance available in DelCo and make…Read More

What If The Witness Doesn’t Show Up At My Preliminary Hearing?
  • Published: July 23, 2020

Clients often ask me, “What if the witness doesn’t show up at the preliminary hearing? Will the case get thrown out? Will the charges be dismissed?” The courts in Philadelphia, PA have long recognized that a preliminary hearing or probable cause hearing is an important step in the criminal justice process. In the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, there is a long-standing practice of dismissing charges if a witness does not show up at the preliminary hearing. However, the counties surrounding Philadelphia, PA such as Montgomery County, Bucks County, Delaware County, and Chester County have, up until recently, treated preliminary hearings as nothing more than a formality and matters…Read More

$300,000.00 Settlement for Philadelphia Slip and Fall
  • Published: July 8, 2020

The Injury Settlement Troy Crichton, Esq., a Philadelphia lawyer representing victims of slip and fall accidents, has secured a $300,000.00 settlement on behalf of a young woman who was injured while walking to the train. The matter settled during the discovery process of civil litigation after the defendants insurance company was presented with uncontroverted evidence that clearly displayed their liability. How did the Slip and Fall Accident Happen? The client was walking to the SEPTA train at the Yerkes Road station in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania when her foot caught on a cable that was partially buried in the ground. She fell to the ground, but still made it to…Read More

How Do I Get The Video From My Slip and Fall Accident?
  • Published: June 17, 2020

How Do I Get Video Evidence from My Slip and Fall Accident? If you’ve been involved in a slip and fall accident at a place of business such as a movie theater, grocery store, or parking lot, you may be wondering how you obtain a video from the slip and fall. As we all know, video surveillance is everywhere, but unfortunately, many businesses will not simply turn over video surveillance when it does not benefit them. Defendants typically will require an order from the police or subpoena before they turn over adverse evidence. But if the evidence of your slip and fall is in the possession of the persons…Read More

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