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Do you have a criminal history? You may be unpleasantly surprised.

Posted January 21, 2019

By Donna Mita, Paralegal, Peter E. Kratsa, Esquire, and Caroline G. Donato, Esquire– I have been a paralegal assisting criminal defense attorneys for over 20 years. During this time, I have worked on many expungements. Many people believe that if they were charged with a summary (such as disorderly conduct) or a misdemeanor or felony offense […]

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Are You Recording This?! A Primer on Pennsylvania’s Wiretap Act

Posted December 14, 2018

By Peter E. Kratsa, Esquire-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 […]

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DUI Investigation: What to Expect if You are Pulled Over

Posted July 30, 2018

By Caroline G. Donato– What most clients don’t realize is that, unless they haven’t consumed any alcohol, honesty about what and how much a driver might have consumed earlier in the night doesn’t make it any less likely the officer will investigate a DUI. Law enforcement uses the initial information offered by the driver to propel […]

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Sexual Harassment or Sexual Assault? Terminology Matters

Posted March 5, 2018

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 […]

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Peter E. Kratsa Receives PACDL 2017 President’s and Directors’ Commendation Award

Posted May 1, 2017

(Harrisburg, PA, April 28, 2017) – The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL) has selected MacElree Harvey partner Peter E. Kratsa as the 2017 President’s and Directors’ Commendation Award Recipient. Mr. Kratsa was honored in Harrisburg at the 2017 Joint Annual Conference of PACDL, the Public Defenders Association of Pennsylvania and the Juvenile Defenders […]

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To Trust The Jury Is To Trust The Process

Posted April 17, 2017

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 […]

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Attorney Peter Kratsa Featured on CNN

Posted August 26, 2015

Criminal Defense Attorney Peter E. Kratsa was featured on CNN today. He was interviewed regarding  “Pennsylvania vs. 2,447 Bottles of Wine,” a high profile case that has recently gotten national exposure. To learn more about the matter, please visit CNN.com.

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Implications of new Pennsylvania DUI Legislation

Posted November 13, 2014

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 […]

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