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Joseph Alexander Paletta Lawyer

Joseph Alexander Paletta

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DUI-DWI, Criminal, Traffic, Medical Malpractice

I am Joseph Paletta, a veteran attorney having represented more than 10,000 clients in over 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer. Whether your iss... (more)

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Ryan R. Smith Lawyer

Ryan R. Smith

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Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Criminal, Traffic

Ryan Smith leads the firm’s personal injury and medical malpractice group. He also practices in the areas of civil rights and criminal defense. An a... (more)

Marc D Daffner Lawyer

Marc D Daffner

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Criminal, Election & Political, Immigration, Divorce & Family Law
Top-Level Defense Litigation Firm

Since 1993 we have provided service in thousands of legal matters in both state and federal courts. Recipient of numerous awards and distinctions incl... (more)

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800-872-4731

Sean Thomas Logue Lawyer

Sean Thomas Logue

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Criminal, DUI-DWI, Traffic, Felony, Misdemeanor
Serving Clients in the Greater Pittsburgh Area and WestVirginia

A criminal charge can change a life. Do not risk your future and your freedom by trying to handle your own defense in court or hiring a lawyer who lac... (more)

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Marc Taiani

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Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, Business, Real Estate, Traffic

We're on your side. The legal system can seem very daunting, incomprehensible, and overwhelming at times. That is probably the reason why you are v... (more)

Michael  Worgul Lawyer

Michael Worgul

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Criminal, Felony, Misdemeanor, DUI-DWI, Traffic

My name is Michael Worgul. I was born and raised right here in Pittsburgh, and it’s probably no surprise that I’ve settled down here too. I went t... (more)

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800-514-7620

Edward  Voelker Lawyer

Edward Voelker

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Real Estate, Business, Estate, Lawsuit & Dispute, Criminal

Edward Voelker has concentrated his practice in the areas of business and real estate law, with emphasis on the concerns of the small business owner. ... (more)

Michael Angelo Maccagnan Lawyer

Michael Angelo Maccagnan

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Real Estate, DUI-DWI, Wills & Probate, Power of Attorney, Land Use & Zoning
Providing legal services with professionalism, integrity and respect.

Attorney Michael Angelo Maccagnan earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Duquesne University School of Law. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degr... (more)

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800-598-8590

Gregory Adam Biernacki Lawyer

Gregory Adam Biernacki

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Real Estate Tax Consulting Services

The law firm of Biernacki & Associates, P.C. focuses on assessment appeals and other tax matters for all property types from small residential propert... (more)

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Molly Maguire Gaussa

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Criminal, Animal Bite, Estate, Accident & Injury, Divorce & Family Law
Gaussa Law Office, PC

As a native of Pittsburgh I established Gaussa Law Office, PC to offer affordable and diligent representation to people in need of legal assistance. T... (more)

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LEGAL TERMS

INFORMED CONSENT

An agreement to do something or to allow something to happen, made with complete knowledge of all relevant facts, such as the risks involved or any available al... (more...)
An agreement to do something or to allow something to happen, made with complete knowledge of all relevant facts, such as the risks involved or any available alternatives. For example, a patient may give informed consent to medical treatment only after the healthcare professional has disclosed all possible risks involved in accepting or rejecting the treatment. A healthcare provider or facility may be held responsible for an injury caused by an undisclosed risk. In another context, a person accused of committing a crime cannot give up his constitutional rights--for example, to remain silent or to talk with an attorney--unless and until he has been informed of those rights, usually via the well-known Miranda warnings.

GREEN CARD

The well-known term for an Alien Registration Receipt Card. This plastic photo identification card is given to individuals who are legal permanent residents of ... (more...)
The well-known term for an Alien Registration Receipt Card. This plastic photo identification card is given to individuals who are legal permanent residents of the United States. It serves as a U.S. entry document in place of a visa, enabling permanent residents to return to the United States after temporary absences. The key characteristic of a green card is that it allows the holder to live permanently in the United States. Unless you abandon your residence or violate certain criminal or immigration laws, your green card can never be taken away. Possession of a green card also allows you to work in the United States legally. Those who hold green cards for a certain length of time may eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. Green cards have an expiration date of ten years from issuance. This does not mean that your permanent resident status expires. You must simply apply for a new card.

PLEA BARGAIN

A negotiation between the defense and prosecution (and sometimes the judge) that settles a criminal case. The defendant typically pleads guilty to a lesser crim... (more...)
A negotiation between the defense and prosecution (and sometimes the judge) that settles a criminal case. The defendant typically pleads guilty to a lesser crime (or fewer charges) than originally charged, in exchange for a guaranteed sentence that is shorter than what the defendant could face if convicted at trial. The prosecution gets the certainty of a conviction and a known sentence; the defendant avoids the risk of a higher sentence; and the judge gets to move on to other cases.

CAPITAL CASE

A prosecution for murder in which the jury is also asked to decide if the defendant is guilty and, if he is, whether he should be put to death. When a prosecuto... (more...)
A prosecution for murder in which the jury is also asked to decide if the defendant is guilty and, if he is, whether he should be put to death. When a prosecutor brings a capital case (also called a death penalty case), she must charge one or more 'special circumstances' that the jury must find to be true in order to sentence the defendant to death. Each state (and the federal government) has its own list of special circumstances, but common ones include multiple murders, use of a bomb or a finding that the murder was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel.

EXCLUSIONARY RULE

A rule of evidence that disallows the use of illegally obtained evidence in criminal trials. For example, the exclusionary rule would prevent a prosecutor from ... (more...)
A rule of evidence that disallows the use of illegally obtained evidence in criminal trials. For example, the exclusionary rule would prevent a prosecutor from introducing at trial evidence seized during an illegal search.

BAIL

The money paid to the court, usually at arraignment or shortly thereafter, to ensure that an arrested person who is released from jail will show up at all requi... (more...)
The money paid to the court, usually at arraignment or shortly thereafter, to ensure that an arrested person who is released from jail will show up at all required court appearances. The amount of bail is determined by the local bail schedule, which is based on the seriousness of the offense. The judge can increase the bail if the prosecutor convinces him that the defendant is likely to flee (for example, if he has failed to show up in court in the past), or he can decrease it if the defense attorney shows that the defendant is unlikely to run (for example, he has strong ties to the community by way of a steady job and a family).

IMPRISON

To put a person in prison or jail or otherwise confine him as punishment for committing a crime.

ACCESSORY

Someone who intentionally helps another person commit a felony by giving advice before the crime or helping to conceal the evidence or the perpetrator. An acces... (more...)
Someone who intentionally helps another person commit a felony by giving advice before the crime or helping to conceal the evidence or the perpetrator. An accessory is usually not physically present during the crime. For example, hiding a robber who is being sought by the police might make you an 'accessory after the fact' to a robbery. Compare accomplice.

FEDERAL COURT

A branch of the United States government with power derived directly from the U.S. Constitution. Federal courts decide cases involving the U.S. Constitution, fe... (more...)
A branch of the United States government with power derived directly from the U.S. Constitution. Federal courts decide cases involving the U.S. Constitution, federal law--for example, patents, federal taxes, labor law and federal crimes, such as robbing a federally chartered bank--and cases where the parties are from different states and are involved in a dispute for $75,000 or more.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Reinhart v. COM., DEPT. OF TRANSP.

... The Department suspended Licensee's operating privileges because of three criminal convictions arising from a single accident: reckless driving; failing to stop his vehicle at an accident scene where 168 death or personal injury was involved; and driving under the influence of ...

Com. v. Abraham

... 3 Abraham was charged with corruption of a minor, 18 Pa.CS § 6301; indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age, 18 Pa.CS § 3126; endangering the welfare of a child, 18 Pa.CS § 4304; and criminal solicitation, 18 Pa.CS § 5902. ...

Com. v. Baldwin

... According to the Commonwealth, Section 9765 clearly indicates the legislature's intent that criminal defendants' sentences do not merge unless all of the elements of one offense are included within the elements of the other offense. ...