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LICENSE OR AUTHORITY

LICENSE OR AUTHORITY Occasionally, when a defense is asserted on behalf of a defendant, the defense is license or authority. For example, a police officer acting in good faith may arrest a person because they are carrying or possessing a firearm.… 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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USE OF TELEPHONE FOR BETTING

USE OF TELEPHONE FOR BETTING  This post will answer the following legal questions on the crime of use of telephone for betting: What does it mean to be charged with use of a telephone for betting? What does Commonwealth law have to say on use of a… 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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LEGAL INFERENCES

LEGAL INFERENCES  This post will answer the following questions on the legal concept of “inferences”: Legally speaking, what is an “inference” and when can one be drawn? What are some examples of inferences applied to the legal context? Do… 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 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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VANDALISM

VANDALISM This post will answer the following legal questions on vandalism: What does the Commonwealth have to prove in order to convict a defendant of the offense of vandalism? What does it mean to act “willfully with malice”? What does it mean… Read More
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INTOXICATION WITH ALCOHOL OR DRUGS

INTOXICATION WITH ALCOHOL OR DRUGS This post will discuss the following legal questions relating to intoxication with alcohol or drugs: What are specific intent crimes? Can a defendant ever be acquitted on grounds of not having the specific intent t… Read More
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