Attorney Lauren Wimmer interviewed concerning a criminal defense case
5/22/2019Philadelphia Attorney Lauren Wimmer was recently interviewed by NBC Philadelphia and Philadelphia Magazine about a case involving art theft. Lauren Wimmer represents the artist in the case. Philadelphia Magazine asked why the artist would need a criminal defense lawyer. Spoiler alert: Wimmer had to explain that her client was (briefly, absurdly) a suspect in the investigation. You can read how everything unfolded on phillymag.com. For NBC Philadelphia, Wimmer explained how her client had been victimized twice: First, when his artwork was stolen from Penn Medicine's Perelman Center; Second, when he became a suspect in the crime, despite not looking anything like the suspect in the surveillance footage. Read the full coverage at nbcphiladelphia.com. (Photo Credit: Tim Barton)
The Collateral Consequences of a Felony Conviction
4/3/2019A felony conviction carries severe consequences that can change your life forever. Depending on your charges and the circumstances of your case, you could be facing anywhere from three-and-a-half years to 20 years in prison. While time in prison may be the most serious penalty you face, you should not overlook the other penalties that may be imposed and other consequences if you are convicted. Many of these consequences can affect your life long after you’ve been released from prison and may be a burden you carry the rest of your life. Fines In addition to a lengthy prison sentence, many felony convictions carry the possibility of having to pay an onerous fine. These fines are determined by the category of the felony you are charged with and the circumstances of your case. For example: First-degree felony: a fine of up to $25,000. Includes crimes such as murder, aggravated assault, rape, kidnapping
Philadelphia Due Process Rights Lawyer
4/1/2019A Criminal Defense Lawyer in Philadelphia Helping People Deprived of Due Process Get Justice It may seem like only constitutional violations are a relatively rare occurrence and that it can only happen to someone else. The truth of the matter is that ordinary people are deprived of their constitutional rights every day. Unfortunately, many of these cases go unreported, and people suffer the loss of their rights not knowing how to defend themselves. Attorney Lauren Wimmer believes that, when it comes to protecting our constitutional rights, ordinary people are most deserving of legal representation. She provides dedicated and passionate legal representation to people in the Philadelphia metro area and across Pennsylvania. If you think your rights have been infringed, call us at 215-712-1212 or contact us online in order to schedule a free consultation and discuss how we can help you.
What is Drug Court?
3/25/2019It has been widely reported the criminal prosecution and imprisonment tends to harden criminals, especially non-violent offenders who may be suffering from drug addiction. There is a nationwide-trend to find less damaging methods to deal with low-level drug offenders that not only keep them out of the criminal justice system but help them find treatment for their substance abuse issues. Pennsylvania has a number of these diversionary programs, which includes Philadelphia's drug court program. Pennsylvania Drug Charges In order to demonstrate the value of drug court problems, it may be helpful first to review what happens when people are charged with drug crimes. Convictions for drug crimes carry severe penalties in Pennsylvania, even if it's only a first-time simple possession charge. If you’ve been charged with a drug crime, here are the potential penalties you may be facing if you’re convicted: Possession of a controlled substance:
Can You Retain an Attorney Before You Are Indicted or Charged?
3/18/2019There 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 crim
When is Police Force Considered Excessive?
3/4/2019Your 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
2/25/2019If 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
2/18/2019Violent 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
2/11/2019Methamphetamine, 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?
2/4/2019A 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?
1/28/2019State 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