The preliminary hearing is one of the most important pre-trial criminal proceedings because it is an invaluable tool to learn what the Commonwealth’s case is, what the police officers will say and what they want, along with what witnesses will say against you. The preliminary hearings main purpose is to make sure that … Continue reading What is a Preliminary Hearing?
It is very upsetting when ones liberty is placed in jeopardy. However, of all the criminal proceedings, a preliminary arraignment is a minor proceeding. All the preliminary arraignment is, is for the Magisterial District Judge to inform you: of your right to counsel, your charges, a copy of the criminal complaint and affidavit of probable … Continue reading I just got notice for a preliminary arraignment, what is a preliminary arraignment?
By Tom Beveridge ..... The Pa Supreme Court has ruled that cops DO NOT need a warrant to search your vehicle during a traffic stop if they have "reasonable" probable cause!!!! What does this mean????? In the case of Commonwealth v. Gery, decided on April 29, 2014, Philly police pulled over a SUV because they … Continue reading Pulled Over??? PAY ATTENTION !!! Pennsylvania Police DO NOT Need a Warrant to Search Your Vehicle !!!!
By Tom Beveridge. Recently, I found that nothing raises the hackles of Pennsylvanians like the discussion about the legalization of marijuana in the Commonwealth - be it for personal use or medical purposes. Over the past two years, legislators in both the House and Senate introduced bills in support of each of these options. However, … Continue reading Pennsylvania’s Marijuana Legislation – How Many Bills Are Now Up in Smoke?
By Allen Thompson, Esq. In a close case, Navarette v. California, 572 U.S. (2014), the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 today that an anonymous 911 call may serve as the sole basis for a lawful investigative stop, even where responding police officers cannot confirm the material facts of … Continue reading Drivers Beware: Unconfirmed Anonymous Tips Now OK For Traffic Stop Basis
We told you earlier we would bring you an update when Leland Yee's Arrest Affidavit was released, well it was released a little while ago, and it is far more than the base corruption and bribery reported earlier. It appears that Yee was also brokering major arms deals. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that: The allegations … Continue reading Gun Control Proponent Leland Yee Charged With Brokering Arms Deals for Automatic Weapons and Missiles.
Leland Lee is well known for his "crusade" to ban bullet buttons* and "violent video games"**, and he's also now becoming well known for being arrested for bribery and corruption and possible ties to the triads. ABC 7 in San Francisco reported Sources confirm to ABC7 News that State Senator Leland Yee has been arrested on … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: Noted Gun Control and Video Game Censorship Proponent Leland Yee Arrested for Bribery and Corruption
By Tom Beveridge. On February 26, 2014, Carolyn W. Colvin, the Acting Commissioner of Social Security, testified before Congress regarding the Social Security Administration’s efforts to investigate and stop disability fraud. Commissioner Colvin indicated that fraud rate in the Administration’s disability programs is actually less than 1 percent; however, no amount of fraud is tolerable. … Continue reading Social Security Fraud
The Supreme Court of the United States yesterday issued its opinion in Fernandez v. California. The case dealt with the ability of police to search the premises of a person when he or she is not home, but someone else who shares the premises is. By way of background, the Court’s precedent does not require … Continue reading E Pluribus Unum, So Come On In!
The legislature is up to it again. They are attempting to re-write the DUI laws related to first time offenders. You can review some of the discussion by clicking the link below. Suffice to say, the changes that most of the discussion centers upon are whether it is better to keep the status quo of … Continue reading Proposed Changes to PA’s First Offense DUI Laws