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What to Do After a Car Accident: A Step by Step Guide to Protecting Your Rights
  • Published: February 26, 2019

If you’ve been in a car accident there are several steps you should take to protect yourself and make sure you have all the information you will need to protect your right to file a personal injury claim. STEP 1: CHECK YOURSELF FOR INJURIES If you're injured, call 911 or ask someone else to do so. If you're seriously injured, try not to move, and wait for emergency personnel. STEP 2: CHECK YOUR PASSENGERS FOR INJURIES If you're not too hurt to move, check on the other passengers in your car. If anyone's injured, get on the phone with emergency… 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… Read More

How Do I Find the Right Personal Injury Lawyer?
  • Published: February 15, 2019

You or one of your loved ones have been injured due to another’s actions, but you don’t know how to go about filing a lawsuit. Looking in the phone book or at the billboard ads on the highway will lead you to a personal injury lawyer willing to take your case, but how do you know that he or she is the right lawyer for you? Finding the right attorney in a personal injury case is essential. You only get one shot at recovering for your injuries and that lawsuit must contain all past, present and future economic and non-economic… Read More

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

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