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Four Charged in Chester County Scheme to Obtain COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits for Prisoners

Four Chester County residents, are facing federal charges for allegedly conspiring to fraudulently obtain COVID-19 unemployment benefits for prison inmates, who by definition are ineligible for these payments. The CARES Act, which passed in March at the onset of the pandemic, provides for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. To be eligible for PUA, a person must be… Read More »

Pennsylvania Man’s Sentence Shows Seriousness of Sex Trafficking-related Charges

Criminal charges associated with sex trafficking can have serious consequences and defendants in these matters should obtain counsel from a qualified lawyer. Someone who is convicted of providing or promoting sexual services for hire might face much more than a small fine and some embarrassment. But certain types of serious misconduct linked to prostitution, such… Read More »

What are Considered Essential Businesses Under States’ COVID-19 Rules

During the coronavirus pandemic, previously bustling locations from malls to urban downtowns have gone eerily quiet. But your local pizza place might still be open, along with restaurants that can survive on takeout and delivery orders and, of course, grocery stores. After all, keeping people fed during an epidemic is critical, and food delivery and… Read More »

How Can Someone Be Punished if They Violate a COVID-19 Stay at Home Order?

Across the country, stay-at-home orders have strained law enforcement and tested how far states and municipalities are willing to go to enforce the orders. These directives have triggered controversy and confusion, as standards sometimes differ from town to town or county to county. In certain instances, people who have violated government edicts designed to reduce… Read More »

What Happens if You Host a Gathering While in Quarantine?

Along with the serious health risks associated with coronavirus, Americans are burdened by quarantine orders and similar directives that forbid them from seeing their loved ones, even for major events such as holidays and birthdays. It can be tempting to try to break the rules, especially for people who believe that they don’t fall into… Read More »

Nursing Home Chain to Pay $15.5M to Settle False Claims Act Suit

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia recently announced a $15.5 million-dollar settlement with Guardian Elder Care Holdings, Inc., a nursing home chain with more than 50 facilities in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The settlement resolves claims that the company was improperly billing for medically unnecessary rehabilitation therapy to its residents to boost its revenue…. Read More »

An Overview of Possession of a Controlled Substance in Pennsylvania

Every state in the nation has strict regulations on controlled dangerous substances (CDS). The state of Pennsylvania includes drugs like heroin, cocaine and marijuana, along with the various chemical compounds used to create them, on this list. Pennsylvania divides CDS into five different “schedules.” Schedule I includes the most dangerous drugs, those with no recognized… Read More »

Aggravated Assault Laws in Pennsylvania

Assault is a crime that, in Pennsylvania, may be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony. It’s considered a felony, referred to as “aggravated assault,” when it involves inflicting serious bodily injury on another person — or attempting to do so. Assaulting someone with a deadly weapon or assaulting protected public employees or officials… Read More »

What Is an Order of Protection from Abuse?

A victim of domestic violence in Pennsylvania has the right to file a petition in court for an order of protection. The court will schedule a hearing to take place within 10 days of the filing. At this hearing, the defendant may present evidence to push back against the claims the plaintiff is making. If… Read More »

Frequently Asked Questions About Pennsylvania’s Gun Laws

The state of Pennsylvania has many laws regulating ownership and purchase of firearms in the state. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions our attorneys receive on this important issue: Q: How old must I be to legally possess a firearm in the state? The minimum age for firearm possession in… Read More »