Pennsylvania & New Jersey Criminal Defense Law Blog


11 Mar ARD Program Admission Denial

DUI charges are some of the most common charges, especially in Pennsylvania where approximately 120 DUI arrests occur daily. Fortunately, you may qualify to participate in the state’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. However, not everyone with a DUI charge will qualify for the ARD...

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09 Mar Details that Impact DUI Sentencing

Not every DUI is treated the same. Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor DUI or a felony DUI, every detail will be considered, even the traffic around you at the time of the violation. In some cases, you may even be eligible for...

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07 Mar Risks of a Felony DUI

Though every DUI will reflect poorly on your record, a felony DUI looks especially bad. Without proper representation, you might feel overwhelmed and plead guilty to a charge like this that can have a serious impact on your lifestyle. Before making your plea, it might...

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03 Mar What is the ARD Process?

Having a mark on your driving record is nothing to take lightly, even if it is a misdemeanor and not a felony.  Any kind of traffic violation, especially a DUI, can have a serious impact on your employment potential, insurance rates, driving privileges, and much...

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02 Sep The Rights of Defendants in Pennsylvania; Criminal Mistrials Explained

Every criminal defendant has a right to a jury trial. That right is set forth in the United States Constitution. A jury trial means that a person charged with a crime will not be convicted unless the jury, usually 12 men and women, finds the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. A mistrial means that the trial ends before the jury reaches its verdict. In cases tried before a judge without a jury, a mistrial occurs when the case is terminated before the judge gives his/her decision.
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21 Aug How to Prepare for Court

Preparing for court may be one of the most stressful times in your life. All of these thoughts are running through your head, and it can become quite overwhelming. Here at Young Marr & Associates, we want you to feel confident and prepared before you begin this endeavor. Even though all cases are different, we are going to touch on some of the basics regarding how you should prepare for court.
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20 Aug Can Misdemeanor Charges Become Felony Charges?

While all criminal charges are serious, standing in a courtroom facing misdemeanor charges is a very different experience than looking down the barrel of a felony sentence. Not only do felonies carry heavier penalties they can also mean losing certain privileges, such as the right to own a registered firearm, and professional licenses. Depending on the surrounding circumstances of a case and other factors, a crime like assault could be bumped from a misdemeanor to a felony. Understanding how serious criminal charges can arise from circumstances is the first step in avoiding the potential imposition of harsh criminal penalties.
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09 Jul How is Bail Set in Pennsylvania?

Most suspects who are brought into custody are eligible to be released on bail while awaiting trial.  However, bail is not the same for everyone who is taken into custody.  In this article, our criminal defense lawyers will explain the different types of bail in Pennsylvania, how judges determine bail for defendants, why some defendants qualify for free bail, and what to do if your loved one's bail is excessive or unjust.
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