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Implications of new Pennsylvania DUI Legislation

Pennsylvania DUI laws have changed. Our Pennsylvania Legislature, which generally doesn’t seem to get a lot accomplished, did manage to pass a piece of DUI legislation, which has subsequently been signed into law by the Governor on October 27, 2014.  It would appear that the legislation is a reaction to a recent series of articles in one of our local newspapers, decrying both the lack of enforcement of existing DUI-related legislation, as well as perceived “loopholes” allowing for multiple DUI offenders to escape enhanced punishment (i.e. longer jail sentences). In short, effective sixty days from the signing of this legislation by the governor,...

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Attorney-Client Privilege: The Primary Principle of Criminal Defense

I distinctly recall the look of concern (perhaps, skepticism) on my wife’s face the first time we met. The cause for her concern arose when our conversation hinged on my answer to the question “What do you do for a living, Pete?” “I am a criminal defense lawyer,” I answered. Then the inevitable next question: “How do you defend people knowing they are guilty?” As this was neither the time nor the place to debate the topic, my answer was short “easily.” The attorney-client privilege, applicable to all areas of the law, is especially vital in the practice of criminal defense....

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Peter Kratsa Named “Awesome Attorney” by Suburban Life Magazine

MacElree Harvey is proud to report that 7 of its lawyers, including Peter Kratsa, were named Awesome Attorneys by Suburban Life Magazine. Each year, readers visit the Suburban Life website to cast their votes on the best attorneys practicing in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties, as well as Philadelphia. Follow this link to the article in the December 2013 issue of Suburban Life and check it out on a newsstand near you!...

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Peter Kratsa Achieves Prestigious AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

In 2013, MacElree Harvey partners John McKenna, William Wilson and Peter Kratsa were awarded top AV Ratings from Martindale Hubbell, the preeminent peer rating organization for attorneys. The AV Rating signifies that John, Bill and Peter have been recognized by their peers as having excellent legal abilities as well as the highest ethical standards. The following is a description of the Ratings by Martindale-Hubbell: The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. The...

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