IN THE NEWS: Pennsylvania Changes to Sex Offender Registration/Megan’s Law

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 in Blog, Blog Posts, In the News, Megan's Law, PCRA |

Starting tomorrow, the rules for who must register as a Megan’s Law sex offender in Pennsylvania will change.  Under the new law, sex offenders are classified by three tiers.  Tier I offenders will have to register for 15 years.  Tier II offenders will have to register for 25 years.  Tier III offenders will have to register for life.  If you are currently serving a period of incarceration for a sexual offense, are currently on parole or...

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BriefLaw: Commonwealth v. Abraham

Posted by on Jun 17, 2010 in Blog, Case Law Summaries, Ineffective Assistance of Counsel, PCRA |

Commonwealth v. Joseph Abraham  2010 PA Super 104 (6/08/2010) Topic: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel – PCRA – Collateral Consequences Summary: In view of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Padilla v. Kentucky, the fact that a consequence of a conviction is a collateral one will not protect an attorney from an ineffective assistance of counsel claim.  To be effective, an attorney must inform his client of any consequences...

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