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What a Jury Sees

Does a Jury See Everything?   What a Jury Sees: The short answer is no. Often times courts sanitize or redact evidence. Normally, the attorney and the district attorney will discuss and either agree to the limit what the jury can see and not see. An… Read More
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Homicide by a Motor Vehicle (Felony)

HOMICIDE BY A MOTOR VEHICLE (FELONY) Firstly, How does the Commonwealth prove a defendant guilty of the criminal offense of homicide by a motor vehicle? In order to prove the Commonwealth guilty of the offense of homicide by a motor vehicle, the Comm… Read More
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Common Nightwalker

COMMON NIGHTWALKER What is a common nightwalker? Commonwealth law states that “common night walkers…shall be punished…” A common nightwalker is someone who is abroad at night, soliciting others to engage in unlawful sexual acts. Often it is a… Read More
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Burning Insured Property

BURNING INSURED PROPERTY What does Commonwealth law say on the crime of burning insured property? Commonwealth law states: “Whoever, willfully and with intent to defraud or injure the insurer, sets fire to, attempts to set fire to, causes to be bur… Read More
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Wrong Plates to Conceal Identity

ATTACHING WRONG PLATES TO CONCEAL IDENTITY  This post will answer the following legal questions on the crime of attaching wrong plates to conceal identity: What does it mean to attach wrong plates to conceal identity? How does the Commonwealth prov… Read More
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Reprimand of Counsel

REPRIMAND OF COUNSEL This post will answer the following legal questions about a reprimand of counsel:  What does it mean when a judge “reprimands” a counselor of law? Some of the responsibilities of both a judge and an attorney regarding rep… Read More
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Duress as a Legal Concept

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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Animal Cruelty Offense

ANIMAL CRUELTY This post will answer the following legal questions on animal cruelty: How does the Commonwealth prove a defendant guilty of the offense of “cruelty to animals”? What is the legal definition of “cruelty”? Does the Commonwealth… Read More
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Intimidate a Witness

INTIMIDATE A WITNESS Firstly, how does the Commonwealth prove a defendant guilty of the offense of “intimidation”? Intimidate: In order to prove a defendant guilty of the offense of intimidation, the Commonwealth must above all prove the followin… Read More
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Disorderly Conduct

DISORDERLY CONDUCT Firstly, what does the Commonwealth need to prove in order to convict a defendant of the offense of “disorderly conduct”? In order to prove the defendant GUILTY of the offense of disorderly conduct, the Commonwealth must prove… Read More
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