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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?”  In Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas there is a long-standing practice of dismissing charges if a witness does not or refuses to show up at the Preliminary Hearing. The Philadelphia Courts have long recognized that a Preliminary Hearing or Probable Cause hearing is an important step in the criminal justice process.  However, the Counties surrounding Philadelphia, Pennsylvania such as Montgomery County, Bucks County, Delaware County and Chester County often treat Preliminary Hearings as nothing more than a formality and matters are often held for Court even if the…Read More

Philadelphia DUI Criminal Defense – Frequently Asked Questions
  • Published: April 2, 2019

How can a DUI attorney help? An experienced attorney can do many things to challenge and disprove the evidence of the accused. This includes reviewing the calibration and maintenance records of the machine used to test blood alcohol level. It is falsely believed that these machines are infallible. To believe that they always work is like believing your car will never break down. Machines do not always work properly. An experienced attorney will always file pretrial motions to suppress the evidence. These motions, when argued successfully, may result in the DUI case being dismissed. It is very important to effectively cross-examine the officer to expose mistakes and inaccuracies in…Read More

You’ve Been Arrested? Now What?
  • Published: January 28, 2018

You may already be thinking that you now need to find a criminal defense lawyer. Someone who is a professional that can guide you through the process and advocate on your behalf. An internet search reveals many options and you don’t know where to start. You need a trial lawyer you can trust. Take a deep breath and shop around. Although time is of the essence, take a moment to ask questions. Most attorneys offer free consultations. Take advantage of them. Meet with the lawyer in their office and ask the important questions: Have you handled this type of matter before? Do I need a jury trial or a…Read More

Federal Automobile Exception Won’t Apply to Motorcycles Because They’re Cooler Than Cars.
  • Published: January 7, 2018

No, not really, but they are way cooler than cars. The automobile exception was first established by the Supreme Court in 1925 by United States v. Carrol. The automobile exception allows a police officer to search a vehicle without a warrant as long as the officer has probable cause that evidence or contraband is located in the vehicle. The automobile exception to warrant requirements is based on several factors: the most important being the inherent mobility of automobiles. Next week a Virginia man, Ryan Collins, will try to convince the Supreme Court that the automobile exception should not apply to a motorcycle that was parked in his driveway. Collins has…Read More

Cops Lie, Vice Magazine and the True Story
  • Published: March 10, 2017

Cops lie and that’s the truth.  VICE Magazine recently covered a story here in Philadelphia regarding Officer Michael Outlaw and his allegations against Clarence Thompson.  Attorney Troy Crichton represented Mr. Thompson at his criminal trial and cleared his name, which ultimately resulted in a $125,000 settlement with the City of Philadelphia. On November 27, 2013 in South West Philadelphia, Philadelphia Officer Michael Outlaw accused Clarence Thompson, an 18-year-old African American male of Aggravated Assault, a felony, and Resisting Arrest, a misdemeanor.  On the day of trial, Mr. Thompson was offered a plea bargain to resisting arrest as a misdemeanor. Why risk a felony? After consulting with his attorney, Mr.…Read More

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