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Caroline G. Donato Recognized in 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star List

May 9, 2019- MacElree Harvey, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Caroline G. Donato has been selected to the 2019 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service, and publication, selects outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas through a rigorous, multi‐phase process. The 2019 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list recognizes attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing law for 10 years or less. Approximately two and a half percent of attorneys in Pennsylvania received this distinction. Ms. Donato was named in the area of Criminal Defense. The Super Lawyers...

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Pennsylvania law criminalizing driving with any amount of marijuana in your system is unconstitutional. Here’s why.

By Caroline G. Donato, Esquire- The law on marijuana is a hot topic, particularly in states like Pennsylvania which have not yet legalized recreational use. Pennsylvania is mixed in how it treats marijuana. Medicinal use is legal. Recreational use is illegal, except in Philadelphia where recreational use is decriminalized. Until a new law passed in October of 2018, convictions for possession of a small amount of marijuana carried with it a license suspension. Effective April 22, 2019, there is no longer a license suspension. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has been on a “listening tour” of the Commonwealth to hear from constituents about...

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Why Cheating Your Kid’s Way into College is a Federal Offense

By Peter Kratsa, Esquire- As you may have heard, “Operation Varsity Blues” snared upwards of 33 affluent parents as alleged participants in a massive (as in $25 million) cheating enterprise designed to “guarantee” their children’s entrance into their college of choice. The feds even snared Aunt Becky from Full House… The mastermind of this endeavor, Rick Singer, who has already plead guilty and has obviously been cooperating with law enforcement, marketed two schemes to wealthy families in order to guarantee their children’s entrance into multiple highly selective universities, according to the Indictment.[1] He called these schemes “side doors” as opposed to the front...

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A Primer on Pennsylvania’s Wiretap Act

By Peter E. Kratsa- Technology, namely the ubiquitous cell phone, has made the ability to (stealthily) record otherwise private conversations much easier. In Pennsylvania, doing so will expose you to a potential felony violation of our Wiretap Act. Whether it’s the tech-savvy teen or the disgruntled spouse, many a client is alleged to have violated this statute, most without even realizing it. Here’s what to avoid. Pennsylvania is a “two-party consent state,” meaning, generally, that both parties to a private conversation[1] need to be aware of, and consent to, the recording of that conversation. Not all states are “two-party consent” states, as...

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DUI: What Most People Don’t Know (But Should)

By Caroline G. Donato- An arrest for DUI is often frustrating. The frustration doesn’t always stem from a feeling of “getting caught” or culpability, but rather, many clients are frustrated because they don’t believe the arrest was fair. A classic example: imagine going out to dinner with your spouse and friends. You have one or two 6 oz. glasses of wine over the course of a 1.5-hour dinner and stop drinking before dessert arrives. By the time you get in your car, you feel fine. It was a late dinner, so you’re tired but other than that, you do not feel...

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Peter Kratsa and Caroline Donato Named Top Lawyers by Main Line Today Magazine

July 27, 2018 - MacElree Harvey, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Peter Kratsa and Caroline Donato were named to Main Line Today's 2018 Top Lawyers list. Both Mr. Kratsa and Ms. Donato were listed among top criminal defense attorneys by the magazine, with Mr. Kratsa listed as number 1. Main Line Today (MLT) is a regional lifestyle magazine, serving Pennsylvania’s Western Suburbs. Each year attorneys are nominated via peer balloting, then vetted through MLT’s editorial process. The full list of MacElree Harvey attorneys named Top Lawyers in their respective areas of practice can be viewed here.   About MacElree Harvey, Ltd. Attorneys at Law | Centreville,...

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Caroline G. Donato Recognized in 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star List

May 16, 2018- MacElree Harvey, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Caroline G. Donato has been selected to the 2018 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service, and publication, selects outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas through a rigorous, multi‐phase process. The 2018 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list recognizes attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing law for 10 years or less. Approximately two and a half percent of attorneys in Pennsylvania received this distinction. Ms. Donato was named in the area of Criminal Defense. The Super Lawyers...

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Peter Kratsa President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

April 30, 2018– MacElree Harvey, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Peter E. Kratsa, Esq. was recently appointed President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL).  PACDL is the premier network of leading defense attorneys in the region with a mission to educate, advocate and inspire by providing support for criminal defense lawyers, promoting effective competence, leveling the playing field, and protecting freedoms. Mr. Kratsa is a criminal defense attorney with over 20 years of experience defending individuals and entities accused of criminal activity. His practice includes representation of clients in state and federal criminal trials, grand jury investigations,...

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Sexual Harassment or Sexual Assault? Terminology Matters

By Caroline G. Donato In the last couple of years, the news has been replete with stories involving allegations of sexual misconduct or assault. Such allegations range from workplace harassment to rape. Prominent examples include President Trump’s Access Hollywood “locker room talk”; Senator Al Franken’s allegations of sexual harassment; Matt Lauer’s allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior in the workplace; Donovan McNabb’s allegations of sexual harassment; Pennsylvania US Representative Patrick Meehan’s allegations of sexual harassment; and, accusations against Harvey Weinstein for rape and sexual assault. There is no dispute that every accusation must be given serious consideration and attention. The ongoing debate appears...

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To Trust The Jury Is To Trust The Process

By Caroline G. Donato It was around 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2017. Pete Kratsa and I were sitting in his office waiting for the phone to ring. It was the culmination of a five day jury trial, weeks of contentious pre-trial litigation, and nearly two years of attempting to persuade the Commonwealth to withdraw the charges and convince two different courts to dismiss the charges. Going to trial was not a fleeting decision. It was a last resort. Our client was a young college student wrongfully accused of Rape. From the outset it was our position that the evidence was...

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