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USE OF VEHICLE WITHOUT AUTHORITY

USE OF VEHICLE WITHOUT AUTHORITY Use without authority is usually someone who keep a rental car too long, or takes their mothers car without permission, or a simply took someone car without permission. The difference between use without authority and… Read More
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Does a Jury See EVERYTHING?

Does a Jury See EVERYTHING?   The short answer is no. Often times there is pieces of evidence that must be sanitized or redacted. Normally, the attorney and the district attorney will discuss and either agree to the limit what the jury can see and n… Read More
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BURNING INSURED PROPERTY

BURNING INSURED PROPERTY This post will answer the following questions on the crime of burning insured property in order to defraud its insurer: What does Commonwealth law say on the crime of burning insured property? What does the Commonwealth have… Read More
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ADMISSION BY SILENCE

ADMISSION BY SILENCE Recently, a client called concerned that she DID NOT respond to accusations from police when she was accused of shoplifting. While in the parking lot of a store she was confronted by police. The police walked her to her car and n… Read More
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DURESS

DURESS What is the legal concept of “duress”? In some legal situations, duress may excuse a person’s committing of what otherwise would be a criminal offense. Duress is a form of coercion. It is constraint illegally exercised to force someone… Read More
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INTIMIDATING A WITNESS, JUROR, COURT OFFICIAL OR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

INTIMIDATING A WITNESS, JUROR, COURT OFFICIAL OR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER This post will answer the following legal questions on the offense of intimidating a witness, juror, court official or law enforcement officer (AKA “intimidation”): How doe… Read More
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KNOWLEDGE

KNOWLEDGE  This post will answer the following questions about the criminal law concept of knowledge: Legally speaking, what is “knowledge” and how do jurors evaluate it in a criminal case? What kinds of evidence do jurors consider in determini… Read More
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DISTURBING THE PEACE

DISTURBING THE PEACE This post will answer the following legal questions on the offense of disturbing the peace: How does the Commonwealth prove a defendant guilty of the offense of disturbing the peace? What are examples of “unreasonably disrupti… Read More
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CRIMINAL HARASSMENT

CRIMINAL HARASSMENT This post will answer the following legal questions about the offense of criminal harassment: What does the Commonwealth need to prove in order to convict a defendant of the offense of criminal harassment? Legally, what is “sub… Read More
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CRIMINAL INTENT

INTENT This post will answer the following questions on the legal concept of intent: Legally speaking, what does it mean to have the necessary intent to commit a crime? How do jurors determine a defendant’s intent? What is specific intent? What is… Read More
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