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EXPUNGING A CRIMINAL RECORD

A petition and court Order of Expungement offers the opportunity to have criminal history information erased in very limited circumstances. This can be useful when applying for jobs that require a background check. Until recently only arrests that do not result in...

CAN THE POLICE TAKE MY DNA?

No, the police cannot take DNA in PA unless you have been convicted of certain sexual and violent crimes or if the Police get a search warrant. While the Pennsylvania DNA Act requires collection of DNA samples from persons who are convicted of felonies and serious...

Firearms – Right to Carry

Pennsylvania is an “Open Carry” state, which means that certain non-felons can openly carry firearms upon any public street or public property without a license, except in “First class” cities such as Philadelphia. But be careful because Pennsylvania law requires...