What Is Your Experience In Practicing Criminal Law?
My experience with criminal law began in college. In 1989, I received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. After college, I worked for three years for my professor, who was the chief adult probation and parole officer in Chester County. While I was working there, I put myself through the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Academy, which is a part-time program that I attended at night. It took approximately one year to complete that program. After I finished, I was hired as a police officer in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, where I served as a patrolman for 10 years. While I was a patrolman, I attended the Delaware School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware part time and graduated in 2001.
Upon graduating law school, I passed the Pennsylvania Bar Exam and then left the Police Department. I then went to work as an Assistant District Attorney in Berks County, Pennsylvania, which is where I currently reside and where my firm is located. I worked as a prosecutor for approximately four years. I left there to work for another firm in Harrisburg, where I practiced solely criminal defense. I then took a break, and was on active duty in the United States Army for three years. During that time, I was deployed to Iraq and stationed in Hawaii. Upon my discharge from the Army, I went to work as a prosecutor in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. I worked there for approximately two years before leaving and working for a criminal defense firm in West Chester. At that firm, I was the supervisor and senior trial attorney of a 4 attorney criminal defense department. After that, I opened my own firm doing criminal defense.
What Are The Common Types Of Criminal Cases That Your Firm Handles?
The most common types of criminal cases that we handle are DUIs. There are a lot of drug charges, theft charges and some serious felony cases. Some of the drug charges can be felonies, and some can be misdemeanors. It pretty much runs the gamut. Sometimes we handle gun charges as well.
What Are The Top Misconceptions People Have About Being Arrested And Charged With A Crime?
The biggest misconception has to do with the Miranda warnings, which are the warnings that the police have to give you when they want to talk to you about a case after you’ve been arrested. In addition, there are misconceptions surrounding what can be done with certain cases. People often don’t understand that in order for the Miranda warnings to be required, you have to be in custody and subject to an interrogation. Many people think that if an officer is simply talking to them, that they had to have already read them the Miranda warnings.
Another big misconception stems from TV shows, such as CSI, which can give people the impression that the police have fantastic methods for quickly analyzing data. On television, police will get a result within 20 minutes, and they will know exactly who did it and how they did it. It doesn’t work that way in real life. In real life, it can take three to six months just to obtain something as simple as a DUI blood result. People tend to think that the police should take certain steps or analyze evidence in a certain way because that’s what they see on television. In reality, what is portrayed on television is completely impractical.
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