Philadelphia Criminal Lawyer Update: Commonwealth Must Prove Causation Was “Direct and Substantial Factor” in Aggravated Assault By Vehicle While Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

In a new opinion in Commonwealth v. Spotti, 2013 WL 1490996, — A.3d — (April 12, 2013), the Pennsylvania Superior Court reversed defendant’s conviction for aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI because the defendant’s reckless driving...

Criminal Lawyer Update: Consent to Search Invalidated Because of Police Conduct

The Pennsylvania Superior Court in Commonwealth v. Moyer, 2008 Pa. Super. 173 (2008), holds a consent to search person and car vitiated as involuntary due to coercive circumstances. The relevant facts of the case are as follows: Two state troopers noticed the...