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Could Pennsylvania Make Record Sealing Automatic?

Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 166, otherwise known as “Act 5 of 2016,” last February and the bill took effect that November. Act 5 amended Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to allow individuals who have served their punishment and remained free of arrest, prosecution, or conviction for 10 years following misdemeanor convictions to petition the court for… READ MORE

Difficulty of Discovering Financial Backgrounds in Divorce

Title: Difficulty of Discovering Financial Backgrounds in Divorce  A study released by the University of Maryland last month shows that America’s notoriously high divorce rate is actually on the decline. Between 2008 and 2018 the divorce rate dropped 18 percent. Phillip Cohen, who conducted the study, believes millennials are responsible for the lower divorce rate.  Cohen believes that part of… READ MORE

Exton, PA | Criminal Defense Lawyers | Free Consult

Were you arrested anywhere in the greater Exton area for allegedly committing a criminal offense? Do not make any kind of statement to authorities without legal counsel. Ciccarelli Law Offices aggressively defends clients in Exton and many surrounding communities in Chester County. Our Exton criminal defense attorneys regularly handle many different kinds of misdemeanor and felony criminal charges. Criminal Defense… READ MORE

Paoli, PA | Criminal Defense Lawyers | Free Consult

Were you recently arrested for allegedly committing a criminal offense anywhere in the greater Paoli area? Do not say anything to authorities without legal counsel. Ciccarelli Law Offices can protect your rights and help you achieve the most favorable possible outcome to your case. Our Paoli criminal defense lawyers represent clients in Paoli and many surrounding areas of Chester County.… READ MORE

Could Pennsylvania Make Record Sealing Automatic?

Could Pennsylvania Make Record Sealing Automatic? Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 166, otherwise known as “Act 5 of 2016,” last February and the bill took effect that November. Act 5 amended Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to allow individuals who have served their punishment and remained free of arrest, prosecution, or conviction for 10 years following misdemeanor… READ MORE

What to Do if You Were Wrongfully Accused of Harassment

Harassment is a type of employment discrimination. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), harassment refers to any unwelcome workplace conduct based on a protected class, such as race, religion, sex, gender, disability, age, or national origin. Examples of harassment include offensive conduct, spreading rumors, verbal abuse, and telling sexual jokes; however, a person can construe many different… READ MORE

New Law Increases Penalties for Repeat DUI Offenders in Pennsylvania

Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol is against the law in Pennsylvania. The state imposes penalties such as jail time, expensive fines, and driver’s license suspension to discourage people from driving impaired. Yet, according to statistics, around one-third of drivers arrested for DUI are repeat offenders. Habitual drunk drivers may now face even harsher penalties for convictions… READ MORE

The Insanity Defense in Pennsylvania Courts

Coming up with an appropriate defense strategy for the criminal case against you will take consulting with your defense attorney and reviewing all available options. One potential defense could be pleading insanity. The insanity defense is uncommon, however, and may not result in the outcome you desire. Instead of dismissing the charges against you and letting you go free, you… READ MORE

Wedlocked: The Issue of Same-Sex Divorce Ineligibility in Pennsylvania

The process of divorce is different for someone who has obtained a same-sex marriage or civil union in a state that permits them. Pennsylvania does not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions, so if you and your spouse are of the same gender, married or civilly joined in one or more states that allow it, and are seeking a divorce,… READ MORE

Pursuing a Mutual Consent Divorce in Pennsylvania

Life happens. Divorce isn’t something anyone looks to have happen when they get married, but circumstances arise and it may be unavoidable. However, understanding your options could make it a little easier to get through. Pennsylvania offers divorce under two No-Fault grounds: 1)      mutual consent, which happens when the spouses agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken and 90 days… READ MORE

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