Robbery is a serious offense punishable as a felony under Pennsylvania law. Whether the robbery is a third-degree felony, a second-degree felony, or a felony in the first degree depends on the facts and circumstances of the case. At the Law Office of Steven F. O’Meara, we understand how intimidating criminal law can be. Below, […]

Everyone knows non-consensual sex is against the law.  If either party indicates they don’t want to have sex, the other party must respect that, or face potential criminal charges.  However, there are times, under Pennsylvania law, where even when someone says “yes” to sexual acts, the law does not recognize subsequent sexual conduct as consensual. […]

Pennsylvania DUI laws are lengthy and complicated.  Understanding DUIs – and understanding the nuances of “actual physical control” is essential.  Without this understanding, you could be charged with a crime, even if you were trying to act responsibly.  This is where a DUI defense attorney can help. A Brief Explanation of DUI Laws in Pennsylvania […]

Recent statistics show that the crime rate in Pennsylvania is 25% lower than the national rate, which is good news. But any criminal lawyer will tell you that there are still thousands of people who need a strong defense after being arrested for violent crimes, no matter where you live. The Law Office of Steven […]

Domestic violence is and has always been a significant problem in our society. Only within the last several decades is there any public discussion regarding this issue. Assault upon a loved one is not always what you see on television and the movies. Typically, its portrayed as a drunken husband hulking over his beating his […]

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recently enacted a statute which offers a huge break to any Pennsylvania licensed driver whose privilege to drive has been or will be suspended due to a charge of driving under the influence or a refusal of chemical testing. (blood or breathalyzer) The great news is that you can limit your […]

If you have been charged with a crime in Pennsylvania you may have spent some time researching what might happen in court.  Perhaps you came across terms you haven’t previously seen.  Specifically, you may be wondering what the term “Pre-Trial Diversion Program” means. The Law Office of Steven F. O’Meara explores the possibility of a […]

If you have the great misfortune of being arrested for a misdemeanor or felony offense and you do not qualify for any type of pre-trial diversionary program you may have to go to trial before a jury or judge. The law of criminal procedure requires that a judge, or jury of your peers finds you […]

In Pennsylvania, the defense of self-defense is referred to as “use of force in self – protection.”  It is one of the most misunderstood defenses in criminal law.  In this blog post, we take the time to discuss the Pennsylvania statute on the issue.  We also take some time to discuss some examples of what […]