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Other Felonies in Philadelphia

Both federal and state laws divide most crimes into two categories: felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies entail the more serious crimes and carry the heaviest sentences. Typically, crimes that result in punishments requiring more than one year imprisonment are considered felonies. Felonies can include violent crimes such as murder and rape, as well as non-violent crimes such as theft and arson.

In addition to jail time, felonies can also result in fines and certain rights taken away, such as the right to vote or own firearms. If you need legal advice on any criminal law issue in Philadelphia, including felony charges, a Philadelphia criminal defense attorney can assess your legal issue and help develop a good defense strategy.

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5 Ways to Get Arrested on St. Patty's Day

Now that Penn State students are done celebrating the unofficial drinking holiday known as State Patty's Day, the real St. Patty's Day is coming up and it usually leads to a few arrests.

State College actually saw a drop in arrests and overall crimes during State Patty's Day, but it could be because the university paid 34 of 35 businesses with liquor licenses to stay closed, according to the Associated Press. Since it's unlikely that bars and restaurants are going to be closed on St. Patty's Day, it'll be interesting to see what the crime rate will be like this year.

So here are five ways to get arrested on St. Patty's Day:

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.

5 Tips to Protect Your Children From Strangers

When you were a child, your parent probably told you not to talk to strangers.

Now that you are a parent, you will similarly have to provide your children some advice and tips on dealing with strangers.

Children encounter hundreds of strangers every day, whether it be at school, in the park, or anywhere else. So advising your children to completely ignore strangers is probably not practical.

How to File a Complaint Against a Philadelphia Police Officer

What do you do when the friendly, protective presence of the Philadelphia police is not that friendly or protective? The Philadelphia Police Department has provided a complaint mechanism through which anyone can file a complaint against a Philadelphia police officer for inappropriate conduct.

Philadelphia police officers generally do a great job in stopping crime, apprehending criminals, and working to protect citizens. However, given the number of crimes that occur and the violent nature of the job, police officers sometimes do overstep their authority and engage in inappropriate conduct such as harassment and overzealous enforcement.

If you or someone you know has fallen victim to excessive or unwarranted conduct by the Philadelphia police, you will want to know the following steps for filing a complaint:

Traffic Stop Leads to False Arrest and Lawsuit

What do you do if you're faced with a traffic stop and you didn't do anything wrong?

This holiday season, with the abundance of police officers on the road, this is a question sure to be asked by many. A Pennsylvania man learned the hard way that cops aren't always so cooperative.

Reginald Johnson is now filing a lawsuit against the Seaford Police Department, according to NBC Philadelphia. The lawsuit arose after he was arrested when police officers believed him to be another person, namely, a wanted felon. According to WBOC News, a police tracking device went off as Johnson drove by the officers.

Elderly Man 'Pistol Whipped' in Upper Merion

Elder abuse is a terrible crime, especially when criminals target elderly strangers.

This week, police are scoping out leads in Upper Merion Township in the hopes of apprehending two suspects who attacked an elderly man on Monday.

The two suspects allegedly broke into the home of an 83-year-old man and stole items from his home. Joseph Petrellis escaped with his life but had to get seventeen stitches and suffered a swollen eye, reports ABC News. They also pistol-whipped him.


Ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier Charged in Sandusky Scandal

Penn State's former president, Graham B. Spanier, has been charged with eight criminal counts in the Jerry Sandusky scandal, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The charges include obstruction of justice, perjury, and endangering a child.

As you probably know, earlier this year Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach and founder of a charity for troubled children, was convicted of more than 40 counts of child sex abuse.

The sex abuse allegedly took place over several years. Several incidents were brought to the attention of university officials, as some of the acts took place on school grounds.

Spanier was the president of Pennsylvania State University during this time.

Saanvi Venna Laid to Rest, Family Friend Charged With Murder

An East Norriton family faced their grief head-on over the weekend, as they laid their ten-month- old daughter to rest.

Baby Saanvi Venna's murder made national headlines, when her grandmother was found dead in the family's King of Prussia apartment last week.

Saanvi's grandmother, Satayrathi Venna, 61, who apparently died protecting her granddaughter, was babysitting the child at the time, The Philadelphia Inquirer writes. The baby was abducted from her grandmother's care. The grandmother was found with her throat slashed, the baby missing, when parents Venkata Konda Venna and Chenchu Punuru came home to their apartment last week.

2nd Arrest for Wedding Brawl; Groom's Brother Says Cops Hit Him

We have more information on the Philadelphia wedding brawl. Now, a second man who was involved in the fight is facing felony charges.

To refresh your memory, last week we discussed a fight that took place at a wedding in Philadelphia. The fight was captured on video and posted. It showed a scene of pure chaos.