Philadelphia Criminal Law News

March 2013 Archives

Pennsylvania Felonies, Misdemeanors, and Summary Offenses

There are several classes of crimes in Pennsylvania including murders, felonies, misdemeanors, and summary offenses.

The penalties for murder are obviously the most serious and can include the death penalty. While a summary offense is the least severe, the penalties can also be serious. Within each classification of offense, there may also be sub-categories of offenses that carry varying penalties.

The different classes of offenses can be difficult to keep track of and may be confusing. Here is a general overview of the different types of offenses and their associated penalties:

How to Prove Criminal Conspiracy in Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania conspiracy charge is one of the most common, yet least understood, criminal charges.

Generally, conspiracy is defined as one person planning with at least one other person to commit a crime. If someone is convicted of conspiracy, that person faces the same criminal penalties as the underlying crime.

For a conspiracy to be illegal, prosecutors have to prove that at least one person in the alleged conspiracy took some overt act to commit the crime.

When Can a Minor Be Charged as an Adult in Pennsylvania?

You will sometimes hear of a minor being charged as an adult for certain crimes. But the rules for the transfer of juvenile cases to the criminal system may not always seem clear.

Here is an overview of the laws for when a juvenile can be charged as an adult in Pennsylvania: