A motion to suppress is a written request to prevent the government/prosecutor from using certain evidence against you in a criminal trial and would be decided by a judge - it is not decided by a jury. For example, the police search your car or your home illegally and find illegal drugs or other evidence of a crime (ie. the bloody knife). A motion to suppress would be filed by your attorney to prevent the government from using the drugs and/or the knife against you at trial. Often times, this results in your case being dropped !
Have you or a loved one recently been charged with a criminal offense in Pennsylvania? If so, this article is intended to explain what you may generally expect moving forward.
A drunk driving arrest is a stressful event. You may wonder how your family will react or whether you’ll lose your job. There is certainly a lot to consider as you’re riding in the back of the squad car, but there’s one thing that should be at the front of your mind: your driving privileges.
Depending on the circumstances and any prior drunk driving convictions, you could lose your driver’s license for one year or more. Think about the potential impacts of you being unable to drive. How would you drive to work, run errands, or even hang out with friends? If you have young children, this could complicate getting them to school or extracurricular activities.
A Post Nuptial Agreement ("PNA") is an agreement between two spouses that spells out how their property and debts are to be divided in a divorce action. Additionally, this agreement may also include terms for spousal support, alimony and even child custody and is typical in situations where spouses separate and either contemplate or file for divorce - it is not to be confused with a Pre-Nuptial Agreement (an agreement signed PRIOR to the parties getting married).
Whether you intend to file for divorce or whether your spouse files first, the thought of a divorce is often times overwhelming. This article is intended to give you some initial advice on what steps you should take first in the events a divorce.
Taking the plunge by starting your own business for the first time is bound to feel exciting, scary and so right. It’s a risk, but there are ways to reduce the risk and maximize the chance that you’ll be the best boss you ever had.
Here are some of the things you should do before you hire anyone or borrow, buy or sign anything.
You’ve decided to finally take the leap and start your own limited liability company (LLC). Congratulations. This is an exciting decision to make. One of the first things you figure out after the purpose of your business is what you’re going to call it.
Although this is one of the most fun parts of creating your LLC, there are some legal restrictions for what you can name it. Don’t worry. You can have a creative name for your LLC while still complying with Pennsylvania law. Here are a few things to keep in mind when naming your business:
The agent you name in your health care power of attorney document will be responsible for making medical decisions on your behalf in the event you are too sick to make them for yourself. Because this person is called to action only after you have been incapacitated, there are several important factors to consider when selecting an agent.
Typically, it is best to name one agent and at least one back-up person, just in case your first choice is unable to perform the required duties at the time they are needed. Sometimes people mistakenly think they can select a doctor or other healthcare professional to be an agent, but this is not the case. Instead, a trusted adult family member or friend should be chosen. However, it is important to keep in mind that the person closest to you may not be the person best suited to be your agent.
A custody action is initiated by someone filing a custody complaint. The complaint is prepared by an attorney and signed by one of the parties seeking custody. A parent, grandparent or even a third party may file for custody. The complaint is filed in the Prothonotary's Office and served on all the parties named in the complaint.
When you are charged with a criminal offense a preliminary hearing is the initial court hearing normally held the magistrate's office where the offense occurred. In Lancaster County certain preliminary hearings are held downtown at the courthouse (DUI's and domestic violence cases). The arresting officer will file the the criminal charges. The District Attorney's Office will prosecute those charges by offering evidence against you. Evidence can take the form of testimony from witnesses, scientific testing, and statements made to the police. A preliminary hearing does not determine guilt or innocence. Instead, the purpose of a preliminary hearing is to determine whether there is enough evidence for the case to move forward. If so, the case will move downtown to "big court". If they can not, your attorney can make a motion to dismiss. At that point the case may be over for good. But not always.