LexisNexis Practice Guide: Pennsylvania Criminal Law

This publication is a practical guide to the practice and procedure of Pennsylvania criminal law, primarily geared toward the defense.

Select a format

Print Book :Softbound, Updated Annually
2019 Edition
ISBN: 9781522178231
In Stock
Price
$285.00
QTY
eBook :epub
2019 Edition
ISBN: 9781522178248
In Stock
Price
$285.00
QTY
eBook :mobi
2019 Edition
ISBN: 9781522178248
In Stock
Price
$285.00
QTY
International Order Inquiry

Product details

Topically organized, this practice guide covers the entire process of a criminal trial in Pennsylvania, from the initial representation of a client through sentencing and post-sentencing procedures and much more. Each chapter combines authoritative legal analysis with an expert author's practical insights, distilled from 25+ years of experience working in the Public Defender's Office of Cumberland County. Includes helpful Practice Tips that transition smoothly from legal analysis to practical application of a point of law.

Authors / Contributors

Table of Contents

 CHAPTER 1  JURISDICTION AND VENUE 
§ 1.01  Jurisdiction: Introduction
§ 1.02  Case Law Overview
§ 1.03  Single Criminal Episode
§ 1.04  Special Situations
§ 1.05  Venue: Introduction; Pa.R.Crim.P. 130
§ 1.06  Charges in More than One Magisterial District
§ 1.07  Proceedings Before Issuing Authority: Pa.R.Crim.P. 131
§ 1.08  Objections to Venue
§ 1.09  Procedures for Transferring Charges Before the Preliminary Hearing
§ 1.10  Change of Venue or Venire

CHAPTER 2  BAIL
§ 2.01  Constitutional Foundation
§ 2.02  Statutory Right to Bail
§ 2.03  Drug Cases
§ 2.04  First and Second Degree Murder
§ 2.05  Bail Inapplicable to Post-Conviction Relief Act (PCRA)
§ 2.06  Bail Before Finding of Guilt
§ 2.07  Bail After Finding of Guilt; Pa.R.Crim.P. 521
§ 2.08  Release Criteria
§ 2.09  Types of Release
§ 2.10  Bail Bond
§ 2.11  Conditions of Bail Bond
§ 2.12  Additional Nonmonetary Conditions of Bail
§ 2.13  Monetary Conditions of Bail
§ 2.14  Modification of Bail Before Verdict
§ 2.15  Duties and Powers of Bail Agency
§ 2.16  Qualifications of Surety
§ 2.17  Substitution of Surety
§ 2.18  Increased Amount of Monetary Conditions of Bail
§ 2.19  Duration of Obligation
§ 2.20  Return or Retention of Deposit

CHAPTER 3  PRELIMINARY HEARINGS
§ 3.01  Introduction
§ 3.02  Standard of Evidence
§ 3.03  Timing
§ 3.04  Waiver of Hearing
§ 3.05  Conduct of Preliminary Hearing
§ 3.06  Continuances
§ 3.07  Summary Offenses
§ 3.08  Appearance or Non-Appearance
§ 3.09  After the Hearing

CHAPTER 4  ARRAIGNMENT
§ 4.01  Introduction
§ 4.02  Foundational Rule
§ 4.03  Requirements at Formal Arraignment

CHAPTER 5  BILL OF PARTICULARS AND DISCOVERY
§ 5.01  Key Rules
§ 5.02  Key Cases
§ 5.03  Bill of Particulars: Overview
§ 5.04  Pa.R.Crim.P. 573: Overview
§ 5.05  Brady Material
§ 5.06  Discretionary Discovery
§ 5.07  Alibi
§ 5.08  Identification
§ 5.09  Scientific Tests and Expert Opinions
§ 5.10  Tangible Objects
§ 5.11  Coroners and Autopsy Reports
§ 5.12  Criminal Records of Witnesses
§ 5.13  Experts
§ 5.14  Disclosure by Defendant
§ 5.15  Discretionary Discovery from the Defense
§ 5.16  The Continuing Duty to Disclose
§ 5.17  Remedies
§ 5.18  Pretrial Motions and Discovery
§ 5.19  Discovery of Material of Third Party
§ 5.20  Sanctions for Failure to Provide Discovery

CHAPTER 6  OMNIBUS PRETRIAL MOTIONS
§ 6.01  Introduction
§ 6.02  Timeliness and Filing the Motion
§ 6.03  Timeliness
§ 6.04  Filing and Service of Motions
§ 6.05  After the Motion Is Filed
§ 6.06  Contents of the Omnibus Motion
§ 6.07  Disposition of Motions

CHAPTER 7  SEARCH WARRANTS
§ 7.01  Background
§ 7.02  Rules Governing Search Warrants

CHAPTER 8  PRIVILEGES
§ 8.01  Introduction
§ 8.02  Rape Shield Law
§ 8.03  Spousal Competency
§ 8.04  Spouses as Witnesses Against Each Other
§ 8.05  Confidential Communications Between Spouses
§ 8.06  Drug Overdose Response Immunity

CHAPTER 9  ACCELERATED REHABILITATIVE DISPOSITION (ARD) AND OTHER
 ALTERNATIVE DISPOSITIONS

§ 9.01  Key Rules
§ 9.02  Key Cases
§ 9.03  Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD): Overview
§ 9.04  Summary Offenses and ARD
§ 9.05  Court Cases and ARD
§ 9.06  Successful Completion of the ARD Program
§ 9.07  Discretion of Prosecutor
§ 9.08  Constitutionality
§ 9.09  ARD Revocations
§ 9.10  Other Alternative Dispositions—Sections 17 and 18 of Drug Act
§ 9.11  Specialty Courts

CHAPTER 10  PLEAS
§ 10.01  Introduction
§ 10.02  Rules Regarding Guilty Pleas
§ 10.03  Withdrawal of Plea
§ 10.04  Cases in Which Courts Considered Pre Sentence Motions to Withdraw a Guilty
  Plea
§ 10.05  Waiver of the Right to Withdraw a Guilty Plea is Viewed with Caution
§ 10.06  Post Sentence Withdrawal of Plea
§ 10.07  Guilty Pleas in Court Cases Before Magisterial District Judge

CHAPTER 11  SENTENCING
§ 11.01  Introduction
§ 11.02  Basic Sentencing Procedure
§ 11.03  Sentencing Guidelines
§ 11.04  Mandatory Sentences
§ 11.05  Procedures and Appeals
§ 11.06  Discretionary Aspects of Sentence: Substantial Question
§ 11.07  Legality of Sentence
§ 11.08  Credit
§ 11.09  Merger
§ 11.10  Restitution
§ 11.11  Alternatives to Total Incarceration
§ 11.12  Sexual Offender Sentencing
§ 11.13  Sexual Offender Registration
§ 11.14  Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

CHAPTER 12  PROBATION AND PAROLE
§ 12.01  Introduction
§ 12.02  Probation and Parole Revocations
§ 12.03  Requirements for Release on State Parole
§ 12.04  Violations of State Parole
§ 12.05  Obtaining Parole
§ 12.06  Parole Agent Power
§ 12.07  Searches by Parole Officers
§ 12.08  Sexual Offender and Parole Conditions
§ 12.09  Rescission of Parole
§ 12.10  County Probation Revocation

CHAPTER 13  POSTSENTENCE PROCEDURES
§ 13.01  Introduction
§ 13.02  Collateral Order
§ 13.03  Basic Postsentence Motion
§ 13.04  Bail Pending Appeal
§ 13.05  Responsibility of Counsel
§ 13.06  Postsentence Motions Filed by Both Sides
§ 13.07  Preservation of Issues
§ 13.08  Rule 1925(B) Statement of Matters Complained Of
§ 13.09  Waiver and Pa.R.Crim.P. 1925(B)

CHAPTER 14  POSTCONVICTION RELIEF ACT
§ 14.01  Introduction
§ 14.02  The Act
§ 14.03  Timeliness
§ 14.04  Jurisdiction
§ 14.05  Discovery
§ 14.06  Review of Collateral Counsel Effectiveness
§ 14.07  Juvenile Lifers
§ 14.08  Dismissal Without Hearing
§ 14.09  No Merit—Anders/Turner/Finley
§ 14.10  Proper Standards
§ 14.11  Specific Claims
§ 14.12  Postconviction DNA Testing

CHAPTER 15  INTERSTATE AGREEMENT ON DETAINERS AND EXTRADITION
§ 15.01  Introduction
§ 15.02  Interstate Agreement on Detainers
§ 15.03  Extradition

CHAPTER 16  JUVENILE LAW
§ 16.01  Introduction
§ 16.02  Jurisdiction and Definitions
§ 16.03  Delinquent Act and Delinquency
§ 16.04  Transfer to Adult Court
§ 16.05  Transfer from Adult Court to Juvenile Court
§ 16.06  Procedures in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings
§ 16.07  Disposition
§ 16.08  Consent Decrees
§ 16.09  Notice to School
§ 16.10  Effect of Adjudication
§ 16.11  Record Dissemination
§ 16.12  Sexual Offenders and Offenses
§ 16.13  Juvenile Lifers

CHAPTER 17  FORFEITURE
§ 17.01  Overview
§ 17.02  Property Subject to Forfeiture
§ 17.03  Terrorism Forfeiture
§ 17.04  Procedure
§ 17.05  Burdens of Proof
§ 17.06  Sufficiency of Nexus Between Property and Criminal Activity
§ 17.07  Right to Jury
§ 17.08  Motion for Return of Property

APPENDIX A:  FORMS
§ A.1.  Checklist for Bail Hearing
§ A.2.  Alication Form for the Assignment of Counsel
§ A.3.  Checklist for Pretrial Discovery
§ A.4.  Checklist: Probation Without Verdict
§ A.5.  Disposition in Lieu of Trial (35 P.S. § 780-118)
§ A.6.  Forms Pertaining to Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)
§ A.7.  Forms Pertaining to Waiver of Counsel
§ A.8.  Forms Pertaining to Petition for Expungement
§ A.9.  Appearance and Waiver of Appearance at Arraignment
§ A.10.  Order for Dismissal Upon Satisfaction and Agreement
§ A.11.  Request for Transcript—Pa.R.J.A. 4007(A)
§ A.12.  Private Criminal Complaint
§ A.13.  Consent Decree Order
§ A.14.  Request for Transfer from Juvenile to Adult Court

TABLE OF CASES

TABLE OF STATUTES

INDEX