The Affluenza Defense

Posted by Perry de Marco, Sr. on 12 February 2014

Trial lawyers are often heard to say, “our profession is not a science but an art”. It is the art of persuading either a Judge or a jury as to the merits of the client’s position. A great legal argument is indeed a work of art.

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Posted by Perry de Marco, Sr. on 29 January 2014

On Friday, January 24, 2014, Vladislav Miftakhov, a 19 year old Engineering student at the Penn State University, Altoona Campus, was arrested and charged with Possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction and related offenses. According to a report by 6 ABC news in Philadelphia, Miftakhov, was under suspicion for operating...

Beware What You Post on the Internet

Posted by Perry de Marco, Sr. on 13 December 2013

Increasingly postings on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and others are coming under Law Enforcement scrutiny. In August of this year, a young Philadelphia man was arrested as a result of a Facebook posting where he is alleged to have urged his associates to quote “kill all rats”.

Preliminary Hearings

Posted by Perry de Marco, Sr. on 3 December 2013

Most clients underestimate the importance of the preliminary hearing. In Pennsylvania, the right to a preliminary hearing is provided for by Rule 542 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure. The technical purpose of a preliminary hearing is to make a judicial determination of whether there exists sufficient evidence as...