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Criminal Defense Lawyer Zak T. Goldstein, Esquire
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has decided the case of Commonwealth v. Gallagher, holding that the trial court properly suppressed evidence collected from a defendant’s phone because the Commonwealth had not established that the defendant provided
Continue Reading PA Superior Court: Police Must Obtain “Meaningful Consent” Before Searching a Cell Phone Without a Warrant

Criminal Defense Lawyer Zak T. Goldstein, Esquire
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has decided the case of United States v. Denmark,  holding that the two-level enhancement for possession of a dangerous weapon during a drug trafficking offense applied even though the
Continue Reading 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals: Gun Enhancement for Drug Trafficking Offenses Could Apply at Sentencing Even if Gun Nowhere Near Drugs

Criminal Defense Lawyer Zak Goldstein
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided the case of Commonwealth v. Montgomery, holding that partial concealment may not be sufficient to convict a defendant of carrying a firearm without a license (“VUFA 6106”). This is a significant
Continue Reading PA Supreme Court: Partial Concealment May Not Be Enough to Convict for Carrying a Gun Without a Permit

Criminal Defense Lawyer Zak Goldstein
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided the case of Commonwealth v. Howard, holding that a person does not commit the crime of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (“EWOC”) by allowing her child to ride in a
Continue Reading PA Supreme Court: Parent Does Not Commit Endangering Welfare of a Child by Allowing Child to Ride in Uber Without Car Seat

Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyer Zak Goldstein
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has decided the case of Commonwealth v. Rudolf, holding that there is sufficient evidence to convict a defendant of indecent exposure when there is evidence that a defendant exposed his or her
Continue Reading PA Superior Court: Exposing Genitals in Public Place Sufficient for Indecent Exposure Conviction Even If No One Around

Criminal Defense Lawyer Zak Goldstein
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has decided the case of Commonwealth v. Simmons, holding that a trial court may not anticipatorily revoke a defendant’s probation sentence. This decision is a huge win for defendants. As a practical matter,
Continue Reading PA Superior Court: Consecutive Probation May Not Be Revoked While Defendant Still on Parole

Criminal Defense Lawyer Zak Goldstein
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided the case of Commonwealth v. Baker-Myers, holding that to be convicted of the charge of corruption of minors (as a felony of the third degree), the Commonwealth must prove
Continue Reading PA Supreme Court: Commonwealth Must Prove Defendant Committed a Sexual Offense for Felony Corruption of Minors Conviction