Philadelphia Terroristic Threats Attorney
8/3/2020In Pennsylvania, terroristic threats is a commonly charged criminal offense. A simple argument between two individuals that escalates into a fight or a threat can become the basis for a terroristic threats charge. In the same way that terrorists inspire fear in order to accomplish their goals, an individual making a threat that causes someone else to fear violence can be charged with terroristic threats. For instance, if two individuals are arguing and one of them threatens to kill the other, the first individual could be charged with terroristic threats if it can be proven that the threat was made with the real intent to commit homicide. Under Section 2706 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, a person commits the crime of terroristic threats if the person communicates, either directly or indirectly, a threat to: (1) commit any crime of violence with intent to terrorize another; (2) cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly or facility of public transportation; or (3) oth
Philadelphia Post-Conviction After-Discovered Evidence Test
7/27/2020If you or someone you love has been wrongfully convicted of a crime or excessively sentenced after a trial or guilty plea, a knowledgeable Philadelphia criminal defense attorney who specializes in the Post-Conviction Relief Act, otherwise known as the PCRA, can help. A court case does not necessarily end with the jury announcing its verdict and a judge imposing a sentence. Whether a wrongful conviction takes place because of a legal error made by a trial judge or due to the ineffective assistance of counsel provided by the criminal defense attorney during your trial or appeal, both Pennsylvania and federal laws provide several ways to challenge a wrongful conviction. What Is the PCRA? The Post-Conviction Relief Act
The First Step Act
7/21/2020The First Step Act is a law enacted to support criminal justice reform. The Act became law when President Trump signed it on December 21, 2018 and it is a product of bi-partisan desire to cultivate better outcomes for criminal justice. It aims to reduce the population of the nation's federal prisons while also building strategies to keep the public safe. Reducing Recidivism with the First Step Act Under the First Step Act, the United States Attorney General is tasked with creating a risk and needs assessment tool that will be used by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). This tool will examine the recidivism risk and criminogenic needs of federal prisoners. Based on those risks and needs, prisoners will be placed in recidivism-reducing programs, activit
What to Expect if You are Indicted on Federal Charges in the District of New Jersey
7/14/2020If you have been accused of a federal crime, you likely have many questions about your immediate and long-term future. The workings of the federal justice system are not something that most people understand, especially when they are charged for the first time with a criminal offense in federal court. You might be wondering if you will be arrested, where you will be taken, how the federal bail system works, if you will need to appear in court, if you will be held in jail or allowed out before trial, if a plea deal is possible, or if you should be questioned when your New Jersey federal criminal lawyer is not present. At Wimmer Criminal Defense Law, we are committed to helping our clients navigate the federal criminal justice system and protect their rights and future. The Department of Justice reports that there is a
Federal Criminal Defense: Pornography and Online Solicitation
7/7/2020While First Amendment rights to free speech are protected by the United States Constitution, images of child pornography are not. Under federal law and state laws, child pornography is illegal. If you were charged with child pornography or online solicitation of a minor, you are facing serious allegations and substantial penalties. With so much to lose, you need the representation of an experienced Philadelphia federal criminal defense attorney immediately. Hiring the right attorney who will leverage his or her skills to determine which defenses are most appropriate for your charges and effectively apply them could reduce or even eliminate your charges.
Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer: RICO Cases
6/29/2020If you are facing federal racketeering (RICO) charges, you need an attorney who understands how to defend against allegations of serious criminal activity. When you hire an experienced Philadelphia federal criminal defense lawyer, he or she can go to work examining the facts surrounding your charges to determine if you have any defenses you may be able to raise. RICO violations can result in extremely serious consequences, and a federal criminal conviction can affect nearly every aspect of your life. For this reason, you don't want to risk your defense to just any attorney. The right Philadelphia federal criminal defense attorney can help to ensure that your case is resolved as favorably as possible. To learn more about your options, call or contact us online today. Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organiza
The Most Commonly Prosecuted Federal Crimes in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey
6/22/2020Every year, the United States Courts release various reports that detail the volume of cases that they handle. The reports include case data from every district court across the country, both civil and criminal, as well as bankruptcy cases. Reviewing this data can give insights into the federal court system that can be useful for criminal defense attorneys. At Wimmer Criminal Defense Law, we stay abreast of the data and the law in order to better serve our clients. We know how federal prosecutors think and we know how the federal court system works. Attorney Lauren A. Wimmer has experience in dealing with federal agencies such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and the
Am I Allowed to Smoke Marijuana While on Probation If I Have A Medical Marijuana License?
6/18/2020The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has unanimously held that a Lebanon County, Pennsylvania court policy prohibiting the use of medical marijuana for defendants who are on probation for criminal charges and possess a valid medical marijuana license issued by the State of Pennsylvania violates state law. Chief Justice Saylor issued the opinion. Pennsylvania law provides that a person with an approved serious medical condition who is a Pennsylvania resident and is certified by a doctor may participate in the State’s medical marijuana program pursuant to the 2016 Medical Marijuana Act
Have You Been Charged with Aggravated Assault in Camden County?
6/15/2020Aggravated assault is a very serious crime, one that you may be shocked to discover you are facing even if the alleged victim did not actually suffer harm. Understanding the complicated nature of an aggravated assault charge is the first step to building a successful defense. Without one, you could be facing years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. The best thing to do is speak with an experienced Camden County criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Call Wimmer Criminal Defense Law at 215-712-1212 for a free consultation. How is Aggravated Assault Different from Simple Assault? When you are charged with aggravated assault, it is important to understand the elements of the charge against you and how aggravated assault is different from simple assault. Under New Jersey law, you can be charged with simple assault in any of the following situ
Driving While Intoxicated or Under the Influence in New Jersey
6/8/2020DUI or DWI cases are often the result of a simple mistake - you thought you were able to drive, only to discover later that you were wrong. Unfortunately, New Jersey has some of the strictest DWI laws in the country, and a DWI conviction could have a lasting impact on your future. An experienced New Jersey DWI and DUI lawyer can help you navigate the process and get the best possible result. If you’re facing DUI charges, contact Wimmer Criminal Defense Law at 215-712-1212 to schedule a free consultation. We will evaluate your case, explain your options, and lay out what we think is the best strategy. Drunk Driving in New Jersey Driving While Intoxicated or Driving While Impaired (DWI) is the term used in New Jersey. Driving Under the Influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) is the term used in Pennsylvania. Just like every other state, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs