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Changes to CDL Applicants and Renewals

Effective December 21, all new Commercial Drivers License (CDL) applicants and current holders required to renew or make any changes or upgrades to their CDL will need to appear at a PennDOT Driver License Center in person.

The new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration final rules require license holders to prove citizenship or legal presence in the form of a birth certificate, passport, naturalization documents or current immigration documents in-person.

The requirement to prove citizenship or legal presence for permanent residents and citizens will only need to be done once as a notation will be made on the customer’s record confirming the verification was made and the date it was made.

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FIREARMS INDUSTRY CONSULTING GROUP® PREPARES TO INITIATE LITIGATION AGAINST ATF IF ATF 41P IS IMPLEMENTED

Bechtelsville, PA.— Firearms Industry Consulting Group® (FICG®), a division of Prince Law Offices, P.C., has started www.FightATF41p.com in order to draw awareness to the seeming imminence of ATF’s implementation of ATF 41P and to raise money to fund litigation seeking to overturn any final rule promulgated by ATF.

FICG® spearheaded the opposition to ATF 41P during the rule making process. FICG® first declared September 3, 2013 as NFA Day of Reckoning which was a success. Shortly thereafter, Americans Opposed to ATF 41P was started.

Two comments were filed by FICG® during the rule making process. FICG’s® initial comment was the largest and most comprehensive in the docket, exceeding 500 pages. The supplemental comment was an additional 60+ pages. Attorney David Goldman of www.guntrustlawer.com retained FICG® to draft a comment to be filed on his behalf. During the comment period, FICG® published almost three dozen blog articles on ATF 41P, the comment period, and ATF’s actions post-comment period.

ATF 41P’s proposed rule sought to designate any person who could control a legal entity (trust, corporation, LLC, partnership, etc.) as a responsible person and those responsible persons would be required to submit fingerprints, photographs, and obtain the Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) signature with any application submitted to the National Firearms Act (NFA) Branch. As many CLEOs refuse to sign applications, even with state legislatures passing “shall sign” legislation, ATF 41Ps implementation, if consistent with the proposed rule, would result in a de facto ban on NFA firearms for individuals in those areas.

Litigating a case against the United States Government is complex and requires competent counsel, who are versed in Administrative Law. FICG’s® attorneys dedicate, concentrate and focus their practice around the Second Amendment. Additionally, Attorney Tom Odom worked for ten years in the District of Columbia handling administrative and regulatory matters, until becoming a Law Professor, where he taught Administrative and Constitutional Law and published three books on federal constitutional law.

FICG® is currently reaching out to industry members to help bring the fight to ATF.

Will you join with us to bring the Fight to ATF? Together, we can show ATF that we will not tolerate its overreach and violations of the U.S. Constitution and Administrative Law.

For more information visit www.FightATF41p.com or find us at https://www.facebook.com/firearmsindustryconsulting or https://www.facebook.com/ATF41P

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8th Annual Prince Law Offices, P.C. Community Meal!

Tomorrow, December 5, 2015, Prince Law Offices, P.C., will host its 8th annual Community Meal at its Reading office, located at 42 S. 5th St., Reading Pa. (the Community Meal will actually be held behind the office, off of Wood St.). Every year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Prince Law Offices hosts this community meal for anyone who wants a hot, home-cooked, meal with all the fixings.

This year, we will have 6 chuck roasts, each about 30 pounds, salad, all sorts of side dishes and deserts.

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Warren Prince, Founding Owner of Prince Law Offices, as well as renowned chef and foodie, will be slow smoking the roasts in his brick oven and our entire staff comes out to help distribute the food.

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We will start serving around 11am and continue until we run out or people stop showing up. Any remaining food will be donated to a soup kitchen. If you want a hot meal, or know someone who does, come on over and enjoy a meal that some people wait the entire year for!

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Prince Law Offices, P.C. Receives U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firm” Ranking

Prince Law Offices, P.C., a Pennsylvania-based law firm, is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as a Best Law Firm in rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers.

Firms included in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

“We are excited to be recognized by U.S. News’s Best Law Firms rankings for 2016,” stated Founding Owner, Warren Prince. “We employ some of the most talented and dedicated attorneys I’ve ever worked with, and this honor is well-deserved.”

Formed in 1990, Prince Law Offices, P.C. has developed a reputation of excellence in providing high-quality legal services to clients across Pennsylvania. The firm’s attorneys have a broad range of experience in everything from family and criminal law to niche areas of practice including firearms/2nd Amendment law, cybersecurity law, and immigration law.

The 2016 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the United States.  Attorneys and law firms are neither required nor allowed to pay a fee to be listed.

The highest honor, receiving a Tier 1 rating, is based on a firm’s overall evaluation, which is derived from a combination of its clients’ impressive feedback, the high regard that lawyers in other firms in the same practice area have for the firm, and the information that the firm provided to Best Lawyers via a survey.  Our Tier 1 and 2 metropolitan designations reflect the high level of respect our firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas, reflecting our attorneys’ abilities, professionalism and integrity. The 2016 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

About Prince Law Offices, P.C.
Our firm handles the majority of legal issues that individuals, families and businesses may be facing. The scope of our practice includes workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims; family law and family law issues associated with divorce; general criminal defense, including DUI and drug charges; criminal and educational matters involving juveniles; wills and estates; legal services for business; Utilities, Energy, and Communications; Cybersecurity & Privacy and meeting legal needs that involve firearms law or gun trusts. We also handle a wide range of immigration and deportation issues, real estate, intellectual property and equine law matters.  Founded in 1990, Prince Law Offices, P.C., has grown to include numerous office locations and thousands of satisfied clients in Pennsylvania.
Visit www.PrinceLaw.com or call us at 1-888-313-0416 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

About “Best Law Firms”
The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the current Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© list for that particular location and specialty.

About U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is a multimedia publisher of news, consumer advice, rankings and analysis. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, http://www.usnews.com has earned a reputation as the leading provider of consumer advice and analysis that helps its readers make informed life decisions. U.S. News & World Report’s signature franchise includes its “Best” series of consumer advice guides and publications that include rankings of colleges, hospitals, mutual funds, cars and more.

About Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the world. For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers has assisted those in need of legal services to identify the attorneys best qualified to represent them in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. Best Lawyers lists are published in leading local, regional and national publications across the globe. The Best Lawyers in America list recognizes the very best lawyers in each practice area and metropolitan region in the country.

Learn more at www.PrinceLaw.com.

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The Inalienable Right to Stand Your Ground

We are extremely proud to announce the publication of Chief Counsel Joshua Prince and attorney Allen Thompson‘s article – The Inalienable Right to Stand Your Ground – in Volume 27, Issue 1, of the St. Thomas Law Review. You can find a copy here.

Please join us in congratulating them in this monumental endeavor and their steadfast devotion to protecting all of our inalienable rights!

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PRESS RELEASE: Amici Curiae Brief of Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Filed Against the City of Harrisburg

Today, Joshua Prince, Esq., Chief Counsel of the Firearms Industry Consulting Group, a division of Prince Law Offices, P.C., filed an amici curiae brief (or friends of the court brief) on behalf of numerous members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly against the City of Harrisburg, in the matter of City of Harrisburg, et al., v. U.S. Law Shield of Pennsylvania, LLC, et al., 449 C.D. 2015. You can find a copy of the Amici Curiae brief here.

When asked for comment, Chief Counsel declared,

It is a distinct honor and privilege to serve the residents of this Commonwealth by filing this Amici Curiae brief on behalf of numerous Members of the General Assembly, who are ardent supporters and defenders Article 1, Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution and the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, against the City of Harrisburg and its unlawful and illegal firearm ordinances. Together, we have drawn a line in the sand and made explicitly clear that such conduct will not be condoned nor tolerated.

Please join us in congratulating Chief Counsel Prince in the filing of this Amici Curiae brief on behalf of numerous Members of the General Assembly!

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Berks County DA Dismisses Charges in Relation to Putative Domestic Violence

This week, attorney Jorge Pereira, in conjunction with Chief Counsel Joshua Prince, was successful in having the Berks County District Attorney dismiss felony charges against a client in relation to him putatively providing false information on an application to purchase a firearm as a result of a prior conviction, which the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) erroneously contended was related to domestic violence.

In this matter, the client previously pleaded guilty to a crime involving physical contact; however, as documented in all of the court filings in that matter, the physical contact was in relation to a woman who was a former girlfriend at the time the incident occurred.  Pursuant to 18 U.S.C § 921(a)(33)(A), for a crime to constitute domestic violence, it must be “committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.”

As the client was never married to, shared a child with or cohabited with the victim, and the victim was not a girlfriend of the client at the time, the conviction was not the result of domestic violence. Although the PSP erroneously denied him, the Berks County DA agreed that he was not prohibited under state or federal law, as it was not a crime of domestic violence, and moved to have the charges dismissed.

In these situations, it is imperative to have counsel that understands the subtle differences in the statutory and regulatory law to ensure that your rights are protected. If you, your family members or friends are ever charged with any crimes or have firearms law issues, we are here to help defend YOUR rights. Contact us today!

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