Criminal Defense

January 18, 2021

Crimes on Federal Land: The Capitol Riots

As a result of the riots on January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol, many Americans are wondering, what charges will those individuals face? Before understanding the offenses committed, it’s […]

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January 12, 2021

Ethnic Intimidation Vs. Hate Crime: What You Need To Know

In 2019, there were 41 reported hate crimes across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. While many of us think of hate crimes as a matter of crimes perpetrated because of a […]

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December 15, 2020

Crimes At the Holidays: Not Just An Act For The Grinch

While the Grinch may have stolen Christmas, there will be other crimes committed this holiday season that we need to be reminded of–especially if you’re the one being accused of […]

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December 1, 2020

The Elements of a Crime and Criminal Process

We often discuss the specific crimes Pennsylvanians may be accused of and need legal representation for. While the makeup of each crime is different, in the United States, there are […]

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October 27, 2020

Insufficient Evidence in PA Criminal Code

In criminal cases like murder, robbery, and theft, the evidence provided must be sufficient to support a verdict once all elements of the crime have been established. However, if there […]

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October 13, 2020

Recording Consent in PA, Keeping Up With Digital Trends

From office Zoom calls, TikTok trends, and now political tell-alls, one thing all of these occurrences have in common is the act of recording. While your recorded Zoom call for […]

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October 5, 2020

Difference Between Burglary and Robbery

For those unfamiliar with the nuances of criminal law, it’s fair to believe that robbery and burglary are the same, or at least very similar charges. However, there are specific […]

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September 28, 2020

Cyber Security Awareness Month: Internet Crimes, Fraud

Since the onset of COVID-19, cybersecurity threats have run rampant. As such, we at Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano believe it is more important than ever to recognize that October […]

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September 8, 2020

Is Crime Seasonal?

As the weather changes across NEPA, it had us considering the seasonality of crime. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, there is reason to believe that crime is actually […]

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August 4, 2020

How to Choose a Criminal Defense Attorney

When you’ve been accused of a crime, you know having a strong legal defense backing you will be critically important. But how do you choose a criminal defense attorney to […]

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