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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling Helps Injured Motorcyclists Utilize UM/UIM Auto Insurance
  • Published: January 27, 2019

On January 23, 2019, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has held that the household vehicle exclusion contained in a policy of motor vehicle insurance violated Section 1738 of the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (“MVFRL”) because the exclusion impermissibly acted as a de facto waiver of stacked uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. This ruling, In Gallagher v. Geico, 35 WAP 2017 drastically helps all individuals with automobile insurance. The ruling will allow many individuals to utilize all of the coverage they pay for and stops insurance companies from utilizing a loophole to limit your coverage. What is Underinsured and Uninsured Motor… Read More

What is a Preliminary Hearing? Do I Need a Lawyer for a Preliminary Hearing?
  • Published: January 19, 2019

A Preliminary Hearing is the first hearing scheduled after Preliminary Arraignment and arrest. Simply, put, a Preliminary Hearing is the best and earliest hearing to have the charges against you dropped, downgraded or dismissed. it is imperative that you have a lawyer at Preliminary Hearing. Troy R. Crichton, Esq. has represented thousands of people at Preliminary hearing, often getting charges dropped, reduced or diverted into community service programs. Call (267) 225-3317 today to schedule a free consultation with Attorney Crichton and see what he can do for you. Preliminary Hearings in Philadelphia In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Preliminary Hearings are only held… Read More

$800,000.00 Jury Trial Verdict for Slip & Fall in Hazelton, PA
  • Published: December 9, 2018

On October 25, 2018, after a three day jury trial before the Honorable Richard Hughes in Luzerne County, PA, a jury of twelve returned a resounding $800,000.00 verdict for a 70 year old woman who was injured while picking up her grandson from daycare in West Hazelton, PA. On February 4, 2014, my client had gone to pick up her grandson from daycare in the borough of West Hazelton. The day care did not have a parking lot and instead expected it’s customers to pull up along the curbside in front of the building. It had snowed the night before… Read More

DUI Law Update: What happens if I Consent to a Blood Draw in Pennsylvania*
  • Published: November 21, 2018

It’s late at night. You’ve been stopped by the police. O No! you didn’t drink anything but smoked a little marijuana earlier in the day. Relax. Cooperate. Make the officer feel at ease. License and Registration? “Sure, Officer.” “You need me to go back to the station with you? Why? Blood draw? What’s that? I didn’t do anything. I hate needles!” What should I do? What’s this form? “If you don’t consent, you will lose your license for 12 months.” “ But Officer, I don’t want to have a blood draw is there another way? “No, you have to do… Read More

What to Do If You Are Pulled Over for Driving Under the Influence
  • Published: April 1, 2018

Being pulled over by an officer for possible drunk driving is a tense situation. It is easier for a person’s nerves to get the best of them. This nervous energy could be misinterpreted by the officer as an indicator that you have been drinking and driving. If you are facing driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges, hire a Philadelphia DUI attorney immediately.  Do not make the mistake of speaking to an officer without an attorney present. You may incriminate yourself if you speak without consulting an attorney. Let us do the talking for you. Stay Calm If… 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… 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… Read More

PA DUI Mandatory Minimums
  • Published: January 7, 2018

Mandatory Minimums for PA Driving Under the Influence Mandatory Penalties for First-Offense DUI Convictions: Tier I - General Impairment penalties (Undetermined BAC, .08 to .099% BAC)  No prior DUI offenses ungraded misdemeanor up to 6 months probation $300 fine alcohol highway safety school treatment when ordered 1 prior DUI offense ungraded misdemeanor 12 month license suspension 5 days to 6 months jail time $300 to $2,500 fine alcohol highway safety school treatment when ordered 1 year ignition interlock 2 or more prior DUI offenses 2nd degree misdemeanor 12 month license suspension 10 days to 2 years prison $500 to $5,000… Read More

When Can I Sue SEPTA? Sovereign Immunity and SEPTA
  • Published: September 9, 2017

It may go without saying, but car and bus accidents are very common. Across the country, thousands of accidents involving automobiles will occur every year. Sometimes these accidents are caused by government-owned and operated vehicles i.e. busses and public transportation especially in Philadelphia, accidents involving SEPTA busses are common. Unfortunately, suing SEPTA is not straightforward as it may seem and you need an experienced attorney who has experience with these lawsuits. What is Sovereign Immunity? There is an old saying that “You can’t sue the King.” For the most part, this is true. Typically, an individual cannot sue the government… Read More

Six Figure Settlement in North Philadelphia Sidewalk Fall
  • Published: September 5, 2017

The Results are in! Troy R. Crichton, Esq. negotiates six figure settlement on behalf of client in North Philadelphia sidewalk trip and fall In 2016, Minor Plaintiff, J.R. was walking with his mother near 5th and Allegheny Streets in the City and County of Philadelphia when his left foot caught on a sidewalk defect causing him to twist and fracture his tibia.  In addition to the months of missing school, sports, playing with friends and ambulating with crutches, Minor Plaintiff was also forced to undergo surgery for complications in the healing process.  This entire incident not only caused pain and… Read More

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