What is Proper Courtroom Behavior?

In all aspects of life, there is proper and improper etiquette. For example, when people attend church services, they are expected to dress nicely – usually a suit and tie for men and a dress or skirt and blouse for women. On the beach, a suit and tie would be inappropriate, but a bathing suit … Continued

Why Law Enforcement is Not Always Your Friend

As a criminal defense attorney and former cop I’ve spent a lot of time around police.  In fact, some of the smartest and savviest people I know are members of the law enforcement community. I know from experience that the days of bumbling “Barney Fife” and the Mayberry P.D. are long gone. Today, for the … Continued

Penalties for Simple Assault in Pennsylvania

In the past, if a heated argument turned into a physical altercation, the two individuals might get into a fist fight, dust themselves off and shake hands. These days, whenever an argument becomes physical, it could mean that both parties receive a one-way ticket to jail, not to mention thousands in fines. Generally, if someone … Continued

Hit and Run Accidents in Pennsylvania

Car accidents can be nerve-wracking events and no matter how much you mentally prepare for getting into an accident “one day,” when that day comes you may be in shock, nervous, and not exactly thinking with a clear head. After a person is in an accident, they may get scared and speed away, but when … Continued

Probation Rules in Harrisburg

If a criminal defendant is granted probation, parole, or intermediate punishment supervision in Harrisburg or anyplace else in Pennsylvania, this is granted to the defendant with his or her understanding that they will comply with all of the conditions of their supervision. Whenever a person is granted probation, parole, or intermediate punishment, they have to … Continued

Criminal Process in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

If you were recently arrested for a criminal offense in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, you will be interested in Dauphin County’s criminal process. What happens next? What is the difference between the preliminary hearing and the formal arraignment? Will you have to go to trial, or is there another option? Please continue reading as we offer a … Continued

State vs. Federal Crimes: Differences

In the United States, we have two different types of courts – state courts and federal courts. In effect, we have two types of crimes, which are state and federal crimes, but what is the difference? Federal crimes are established by Congress and are prosecuted in federal court, whereas state crimes are established by state … Continued

Identity Theft Charges in Pennsylvania

Are you, or someone you love being accused of committing identity theft in Harrisburg? If so, it’s important that you understand what these charges mean and the long-term consequences of a conviction. The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue explains identity theft as occurring when someone uses another person’s personal identifying information to commit crimes, such as … Continued

Pennsylvania Marijuana Possession Laws

Were you recently arrested for marijuana possession in Pennsylvania? If so, you should be made aware of the penalties that you face upon conviction. Please continue reading for more information on the matter. If you are found guilty of possessing marijuana (pot) in PA, you face the following penalties: 30 grams or less is a … Continued

Crisp & Associates Help Clear Man of Rape

Crisp and Associates, LLC has helped to acquit a Maryland man of accusations of rape. The defendant, Mr. Corwin C. Sample, was accused of raping an intoxicated fellow National Guard member at Fort Indiantown Gap in May 2014. The defense was able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Sample had not raped the … Continued