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Can the Police Search My Car if it Smells Like Weed?
  • Published: October 30, 2021

Marijuana laws have continued to evolve in Pennsylvania and state residents are now allowed to use cannabis for medicinal purposes. In 2020, over half a million patients were registered for Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program. Now that marijuana is no longer illegal in all circumstances, probable cause and search laws have changed to protect private citizens who use weed for medicinal purposes. Have Search Laws Changed because of Marijuana Legalization?   In the case of Commonwealth v. Barr, Timothy Barr and his wife Terri Barr were pulled over in a routine traffic stop for failing to completely stop at a stop sign… Read More

Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorney Reverses Client’s Life Sentence
  • Published: October 18, 2021

Troy Crichton Esq. has secured freedom for his client, Jehmar Gladden, who had been incarcerated for over two decades Mr. Gladden was wrongfully convicted of second-degree murder in 1999 and was incarcerated since he was just 18 years old. On August 10th, Attorney Crichton successfully reversed Gladden’s life sentence and second-degree murder conviction in a hearing before Judge Scott DiClaudio, allowing his client to return home for the first time in 24 years. Gladden’s original conviction was based off the 1996 murder of Bernard Hulon Howard who was fatally shot in his own home. Gladden was at Howard’s West Philadelphia… Read More

1543b Lawyer Update: Driving While Suspended for DUI
  • Published: June 8, 2021

Penalty for Driving While Suspended for DUI: 1543(b) If you've been charged with 1543b, you need a lawyer immediately. The penalties for driving while suspended for DUI are severe in Pennsylvania. Even if your license is suspended for refusing the blood test and you are eventually found not guilty of the underlying charge you can still run into trouble with the license suspension itself.  75 PA.C.S 1543(b) is the applicable statute. Although this statute is merely under the traffic code, it contains a mandatory 60 day imprisonment sentence. Clients are often very shocked to find out that the driving while… Read More

Personal Injury: More Than Just Slip and Falls
  • Published: April 28, 2021

One of the most common type of personal injury cases are slip and falls. Slip and fall accidents are accidents that occur when a person slips and falls on water, obstacle or defect of property that a landowner negligently permitted to occur on their property.  However, slip and falls are a small part of a broader type of personal injury case: Premises liability. Although falls are the most common, premises liability includes any physical injuries  sustained on someone else's property due to someone else negligence. For example these can range from injuries sustained at a party at a friend's house… Read More

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… 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… 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… 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… Read More

Nebbia and Bail Hearings During Covid-19
  • Published: July 25, 2020

Nebbia and Bail Hearings During Covid-19?  How can you get your loved one out of jail if no one is permitted in the Courthouse? Although, the criminal justice system has come to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic, that hasn't stopped the police from arresting and imprisoning people. For defendants who have been arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute or other Drug Crimes, they may find themselves in custody with bail subject to a Nebbia Hearing.  Traditionally, a Nebbia Hearing requires an in-court hearing where the Surety, or person who will post the bail, must provide… 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… Read More

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