Can You Retain an Attorney Before You Are Indicted or Charged?

There is a common misconception that you don’t need to hire an attorney until you are indicted or charged with a crime. While it may not be absolutely necessary, hiring an attorney before you are charged has a lot of advantages and perhaps help you avoid being charged with a crime altogether. Law enforcement might suggest that you won’t get into trouble if you cooperate, but they will take advantage of you at every opportunity. An attorney can help you level the playing field and protect yourself against the unfair tactics that police and investigators like to use. You Are Likely a Suspect If you have any connection to a crime that the police are investigating, you should assume that you are a suspect if they are talking to you about it. They are not obligated to tell you that you are a suspect, and they might actually try to convince you that you’re not in the hopes that you’ll incriminate yourself. If you haven’t any connection to the crime in question, the best thing you

When is Police Force Considered Excessive?

Your rights under the United States Constitution do not vanish when you are arrested or charged with a crime. Specifically, the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the federal Constitution guarantee your rights to be free of unlawful searches and seizures and not to be forced to incriminate yourself. Other state and federal civil rights laws and statutes are in place for the purpose of safeguarding individuals’ rights before, during, and after the time of your arrest. The unfortunate reality of modern life is that the police violate these rights on a regular basis, sometimes with devastating results. When police officers and other law enforcement arguably go too far when making an arrest or chasing after a fleeing suspect, the law penalizes this behavior. However, when they are encountering individuals, such as when making an arrest, police officers are allowed to use some degree of reasonable force. Howeve

What You Need to Know About Suing a Police Department

If you’ve been the victim of police brutality or other unlawful police action, it’s easy to feel helpless. After all, the very people who are supposed to protect you from harm are the ones who violated your rights. Fortunately, you may have options. Both federal and state laws protect private individuals from being abused by police and other law enforcement officers. In some cases, victims may be able to recover significant compensation for the harms that they have sustained at the hands of the police and hold the officers that violated their rights accountable. If the cops violated your rights, it’s imperative that you speak to a lawyer right away. Philadelphia civil rights attorney Lauren Wimmer is committed to holding the police accountable and will not hesitate to file a claim against any law enforcement agency if the facts warrant it. To schedule a free consultation with Ms. Wimmer, call our office today at 215-712-1212. Section 1983 of The

Federal Firearms Charges Can Result in Significant Penalties

Violent crime is a serious problem in Philadelphia and across the country. Therefore, it is no surprise that the authorities are cracking down on federal firearms offenses and that sentencing judges in the federal courts are imposing significant penalties. Those penalties can include jail time, substantial fines, community service, and probation. In addition, a federal firearms conviction can result in collateral consequences that could affect for years after any court-imposed sentence ends. If you are currently facing a federal firearms charge or conviction in Philadelphia, you need a lawyer on your side who regularly defends these matters at trial and who has experienced working with federal prosecutors. Attorney Lauren Wimmer of Wimmer Criminal Defense Law knows what it takes to come up with a winning defense and trial strategy. Call us today to schedule a free case evaluation. Federal and State Laws When it comes to firearm charges

Why You Need a Strong Defense against Methamphetamine Charges

Methamphetamine, often referred to simply as "meth", is a powerful and dangerous substance which can lead to periods of intense euphoria. Because these drugs are extremely addictive and cause other serious problems, including mood disturbances, long-term anxiety, and confusion, it is illegal to possess or sell them in Pennsylvania. You can face meth charges at both the state and at the federal levels. The penalties upon conviction can be severe and depend largely upon the actual offense, the amount of meth you are in possession of, as well as your criminal history. Even first-time offenses can result in significant penalties, including substantial fines, probation, drug testing, and even jail time. If you are facing state or federal drug charges, you should speak to a Philadelphia criminal defense attorney as soon as you can. Your lawyer can explain what your charge is all about, as well as the potential penalties you could face if you are ultimately convicted. A law

What is Firearm Straw Purchasing?

A straw purchase, sometimes known as a “nominee purchase,” refers to any purchase where an agent enters into an agreement with to obtain goods or services for another person. Typically, that requesting individual is unwilling or unable to buy the goods or services for himself or herself. Following the purchase, the agent then transfers the good or service to the requesting individual. In some instances, straw purchases are legal transactions. However, in cases where the requesting individual uses the goods or services to commit a crime with the purchaser’s knowledge then the transaction is illegal. The same is true in cases where the requesting individual is not legally entitled to purchase the services or goods at issue. Straw purchases involving firearms are often illegal and can result in jail time, probation, and high monetary fines. If you are currently facing an illegal firearm charge, you should call Wimmer Criminal Defense Law today to discuss your case

What are White Collar Crimes?

State and federal investigators, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), take white collar crimes extremely seriously. If the criminal allegations involve individuals in multiple states or if the criminal enterprise is large scale, federal investigators may be involved. Normally, for a white collar crime to be prosecuted in federal courts, there must be a federal issue or law involved. If you have been suspected of or charged with participating in a state or federal white collar crime, the potential penalties upon conviction can be significant. Moreover, the personal consequences of a conviction can ruin your life and destroy your career. The skilled white collar crime defense lawyers at Wimmer Criminal Defense Law can investigate your charge and help you prepare a defense that offers you the best chances of success at trial. Defining White Collar Crimes White collar crimes are financially motiv

State versus Federal Possession with the Intent to Distribute Charges

Possessing a controlled substance with the intention of unlawfully distributing that substance is illegal under both federal and state law. A conviction can result in high fines and long periods of incarceration in either a federal or state prison. If you are facing possession with intent to distribute charges in either the federal or the state court systems, you need an experienced attorney representing you. At Wimmer Criminal Defense Law, our knowledgeable team of lawyers can represent you throughout your entire case and work towards obtaining the best possible outcome on your behalf. Federal Possession with Intent to Distribute Under federal law, in order to be convicted of possession with the intent to distribute, all three of the following legal elements must be satisfied: Illegal drug possession Specific intent to distribute the drug in question

Can I Avoid a Criminal Record if I Enter the Summary Diversion Program in Philadelphia?

What is a Summary Diversion Program? Can I Avoid a Criminal Record if I Enter the Summary Diversion Program in Philadelphia? The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and many of the offices in the various counties within Pennsylvania have developed special programs as an alternative to going to trial or simply pleading guilty and paying court costs and fines. These programs are often appropriate for defendants whom have never been arrested or previously convicted of a crime, the evidence against them is compelling, and they have been charged with a summary offense such as Disorderly Conduct, Underage Drinking, or Criminal Trespass. Disorderly Conduct (§ 5503) is often charged

Wire & Mail Fraud FAQ

Wire and mail fraud are two commonly charged - yet commonly misunderstood - federal criminal offenses. Federal prosecutors are able to add wire or mail fraud charges to many other fraud-related cases, often resulting in additional potential penalties. The following are some frequently asked questions regarding wire fraud and mail fraud. To discuss a specific case, please contact our criminal defense law firm as soon as possible. What is wire fraud? Wire fraud is any fraudulent act to achieve wrongful gain that makes use of the telephone, internet, or other electronic communications such as television or radio. This is a criminal offense set out by the Wire Fraud Act, which criminalizes any scheme using such communications that involve false misrepresentations, promises, or pretenses intended to defraud someone to gain money or propert