Philadelphia Criminal Lawyer Update: Pennsylvania Superior Court Weighs In on GPS Tracking Devices Under the Wiretap Act in Two Recent Cases

The Pennsylvania Superior Court rules that defendants must have a reasonable expectation of privacy to enjoy the evidentiary exclusionary rule provided in the Pennsylvania Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Act (“WESCA”) and that authorization orders issued...

Mere Encounter Escalates Into Investigative Detention

In a recent opinion in Commonwealth v. Hudson, 2010 PA Super 96, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that what began as a mere encounter escalated into an investigative detention when a police officer in Reading, Pennsylvania, took a defendant’s identification...

Inventory Search of a Lawfully-Immobilized Vehicle Held Lawful by the Superior Court

In a recent opinion, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that the inventory search of an immobilized automobile, immobilized under the Live Stop program was a lawful search, even though the automobile was not yet permitted to be towed. To read the case, click...

Criminal Lawyer Update: Hand Movements Enough to Justify Warrantless Search of Automobile? Since when?

The Pennsylvania Superior Court handed down a new case this month about warrantless searches of automobiles in In re O.J., 2008 Pa. Super. 234 (Oct. 1, 2008) (No, this case is not about O.J. Simpson, but it sure would be more fun if it were. It’s a juvenile...