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October 29, 2011

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How can I be a good witness in court?

Three rules: Tell the truth; don’t tangle with the DA as he questions you; and look at the jury when you speak. When you’re on the stand, you are under oath.  Lying under oath is a felony.  Felonies are bad.  There is no shame in not knowing the answer to a question.  If the truth […]

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October 29, 2011

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What’s ‘bail’ and how do I get it?

What’s ‘bail’ and how do I get it?

The underlying principle of bail is to make the decision to not show up in court at future required times.  Bail is set as early as possible in the criminal process.  The US Constitution recognizes that a government that can toss you in jail and leave you there until trial is not much different than the […]

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October 29, 2011

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What do I do if a cop pulls me over in my vehicle?

What do I do if a cop pulls me over in my vehicle?

As the question suggests, pull over.  The flashing red lights give the cop the right to pull you over.  It’s not an option.  For example, Volunteer Firemen/women have blue lights – pulling over to get out of their way is optional (although you’d be a goof for not doing so).  Flashing red lights mandate a response. […]

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October 28, 2011

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Do I tell my attorney if I’m guilty?

Do I tell my attorney if I’m guilty?

Only if you want to complicate things.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  Read on … Here’s the drill – never lie to your attorney and never lie under oath.  It also helps if you never lie – period. It may seem odd, but I don’t care if you’re guilty.  If you want a trial, I […]

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October 28, 2011

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What do I do when I’m arrested?

What do I do when I’m arrested?

Repeat after me:  “I want an attorney.”  Say nothing more.  Nothing.  “I want an attorney.” So what if they tell you that maybe you can go home if only you talk?  “Look,” the cop says, “if you’ve got nothing to hide, then you’ve got nothing to worry about.”  Smirk.  “I’ll put in a good word […]

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October 28, 2011

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How do I get sentenced for a crime?

How do I get sentenced for a crime?

Painfully. The end of the process is rarely pretty.  A client pleads out to a certain charge or set of charges, or a jury came back with a guilty verdict.  However the client gets there, most bets are off when sentencing arrives.  The judge is in charge.  The DA cannot bind the judge to give […]

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October 28, 2011

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Can I have a ‘jury of my peers’?

Can I have a ‘jury of my peers’?

No.  Next. Alright, let’s walk through this misconception. You can easily dismiss the concept by defining your “peers.”  For me, that would be a father, male, age 52, born in February, Lithuanian heritage, three kids, lawyer, teacher, someone who grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania – left for California for ten years – then came back, […]

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October 28, 2011

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What’s a Crime?

What’s a Crime?

Broad question.  First of all, a crime is an act (generally) that society has determined to be worthy of public condemnation.  The act violates the norms of living in a cooperative society.  The act sucks so badly that we don’t consider the aggrieved person (e.g., the dead guy) to be the victim – instead, society […]

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October 27, 2011

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Opening scene

Opening scene

I’ll be setting up an office in Bloomsburg, Columbia County, soon.  My primary focus will be criminal defense – from DUIs through felonies, including homicide.  I’m a trial attorney – you can plead out if you like, but if you’ve got a defense, I’ll handle it.  If you want your day in court, I’ll give […]

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