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Philadelphia Fentanyl Possession Attorney

3/30/2020
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Pennsylvania saw a substantial increase in fentanyl overdose deaths between 2016 and 2017, with a rise of 16.9 percent. Since fentanyl and synthetic fentanyl drugs are highly addictive and deadly, it is no wonder why the State of Pennsylvania and the entire nation take the sale and possession of these drugs so seriously. Possession of fentanyl is often charged as a result of possession of heroin. If you have been charged with fentanyl possession in Philadelphia, you need a Philadelphia criminal defense attorney who will protect your rights and fight to resolve your case as favorably as possible. Serious charges demand the help of a skilled legal team who will fight to defend your case. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation with attorney Lauren Wimmer. What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is an opioid drug. It works by attaching itself to the opioid receptors, which are the pain regulators in your body. This powerful class of d

Are the Police Allowed to Search My Cell Phone?

3/23/2020
If you are arrested, the police have the authority to search you. This includes your pockets and areas within your immediate control, but does that include the contents of your cell phone? The answer is complicated, but typically, the police need a search warrant to go through your cell phone. While there are laws about searches, seizures, and warrants, law enforcement officers do not always follow them. If you have been charged with a crime and had your phone or other property searched, it is always a good idea to consult with a Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer to determine your rights and options. 4th Amendment Protections and Exceptions Americans are protected from unreasonable search and seizure under the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This constitutional protection applies to both people and prop

What Happens If I Get Arrested in Philadelphia During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

3/18/2020
The President of the United States has called for national unity and recommended that people avoid large gatherings until coronavirus, COVID-19 is under control. The virus is now present in all 50 states. Many businesses in Philadelphia have closed its doors at the urging of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and the President. The Philadelphia Police Department has been placed in a unique situation during this difficult time for our nation. Keeping the crowded holding cells within the individual Districts filled with people waiting for a determination from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Charging Unit as to whether they will be charged and then video arraigned runs counter to the recommendations issued by the Center for Disease Control to slow the spread of coronavirus. At a news conference Wednesday morning, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw addressed the new police protocol during the coronavirus emergency. Similar to the summons process in the Ma

How Will Coronavirus Impact My Philadelphia Criminal Case?

3/16/2020
The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court will be closed until April 1, 2020 as a result of the spread of COVID-19. If you are scheduled for a preliminary hearing, trial, or Gagnon II violation of probation hearing in Philadelphia, your case will be continued to a later date. The Court made the following public announcement: FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR TEMPORARY CLOSURES DUE TO COVID-19 Philadelphia, PA - Due to public health concerns related to COVID-19, and based on recommendations from local and national public health authorities - including the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania (FJD) has ordered, effective March 17th, 2020, that all FJD courts and related offices, will be closed until April 1st, 2020, or until further order from the court, with the following exceptions: A

How to Get Your Criminal Charges Dropped

3/9/2020
If you have been wrongfully accused of a crime or your rights were violated during an encounter with the Philadelphia police, you may believe that the prosecutor will be reasonable and that justice will prevail. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Law enforcement and prosecutors often will try to strong-arm you into admitting things you don't need to discuss in order to help build their case. They may also overwhelm you with multiple charges in order to persuade you to accept a plea agreement for lesser charges. The bottom line is that once the charges are filed, prosecutors are very reluctant to drop them. If you have been charged with a crime, you need to speak with an experienced Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer. Attorney Lauren Wimmer has the experience, knowledge, and skill to get your charges dropped as quickly as possible. To schedule a free consultation with Ms. Wimmer, call Wimmer Criminal Defense Law at 215-712-1212 or

How to Get Probation in Philadelphia

3/2/2020
Criminal convictions often lead to severe consequences. Not only can you face jail time, significant fines, and other criminal sanctions, but you also risk your reputation, your job, and even your future. That said, with the help of an experienced Philadelphia criminal defense attorney on your side, you might be eligible for probation instead of more serious criminal penalties. If you have criminal charges pending against you and want to do everything you can to lessen the impact this experience has on your life, you should explore your options with Wimmer Criminal Defense as soon as possible. Call our office today to schedule a free case evaluation with a Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer. Criminal Case Process in Pennsylvania In Pennsylvania, most criminal cases follow a similar course. An alleged crime occurs, and the suspect is arrested. A base-level magisterial distric

Pennsylvania Crime Victim Representation Lawyer

2/24/2020
If you have been a victim of a crime such as child sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault, assault, a shooting or stabbing, or you have lost a loved one as a result of another person committing a criminal offense like Murder or Homicide by Vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. Every state has a crime victim compensation program that helps cover out-of-pocket expenses associated with being the victim of a crime. New Jersey has a Victims of Crime Compensation Office that may provide victims with up to $25,000.00 in benefits. In Pennsylvania, victims may seek assistance from the Victims Compensation Assistance Program. What many do not know is that they may be entitled to compensation in addition to any monetary funds provided through one of these programs. A civil suit may be filed against the individual who committed the crime or a third-party who

Were You Kicked Out of Community College?

2/17/2020
In the past, community colleges had a reputation for being less rigorous in academics than four-year universities and colleges. Thanks to higher academic standards and increased qualifications for teachers at community colleges, this is changing. Many students choose a community college over a university so they can afford their schooling, have a more flexible schedule, or stay closer to home. Considering these factors, being dismissed from a community college can present significant short and long-term problems for students. They may have little or no other choices when it comes to completing their education in a way that is affordable and conducive to their goals and lifestyle. If this happened to you, you might have legal recourse. Your school may have violated its own policies and procedures or even federal laws by dismissing you. A civil rights attorney may be able to assist you in pursuing damages for your dismissal. You could move on with your life and choose

Do You Need an Attorney for Simple Assault Charges in Pennsylvania?

2/10/2020
Being charged with a crime such as simple assault in Pennsylvania is a stressful experience. If you have found yourself in this position, you are likely uncertain of your future and how your case will ultimately be resolved. You may be worried about spending time behind bars and how your case may impact your career or those you love. Fortunately, the representation of an experienced Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer can protect your rights and ensure that your case is resolved as favorably as possible. Attorney Lauren Wimmer is a skilled advocate who is dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused. To schedule a free case evaluation with Ms. Wimmer, call our office today at 215-712-1212. What is Simple Assault in PA? Simple assault is addressed in

Cyber Harassment Charges in Pennsylvania

2/3/2020
The internet has opened up a world of endless possibilities and conveniences. The ability to transfer information instantly has fundamentally changed many day-to-day aspects of our lives. With all of the benefits of cyberspace also come some drawbacks, however. One of those drawbacks is the potential for cybercrime and online harassment. Since online communication lacks some essential characteristics of face-to-face or verbal communication, what you say and do online can be misconstrued or taken out of context and used against you.     If you have found yourself on the wrong end of criminal charges related to your internet use, an experienced criminal defense lawyer may be able to help. You should know that there are defenses that are successful against cyber harassment charges, and a lawyer familiar with Pennsylvania law will be able to bring your case to the best resolution possible. To schedule a fr