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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

Drug Delivery Resulting in Death Charge – PA Superior Court Expands Jurisdiction
  • Published: February 25, 2019

Commonwealth v. Peck, 2019 Pa. Super. 8 (January 8, 2019) In the above captioned case, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has expanded the jurisdiction and liability of those who deal drugs inside the Commonwealth of PA. Traditionally, state level possession with intent to deliver and related charges are subject to the jurisdiction of the state. i.e. must take place within said state’s jurisdiction. However, Commonwealth v. Peck expands the Court’s jurisdiction with regards to drug delivery resulting in death. Drug Delivery Resulting in Death: Delivery not in Pa.:  The defendant sold heroin to the decedent in Maryland.  The decedent then died in the PA of an overdose.  The trial court…Read More

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