ENM Law News: Judge orders return of security deposit for client

April 29th, 2017

A recent client came to us because of a problem with a landlord. Our client signed a lease and gave the landlord a security deposit, but a disagreement then arose with the landlord over repairs that were supposed to be made prior to move-in. Our client decided not to move into the property and the [...]

Spotlight Issue: Custody rights of grandparents in Pennsylvania

March 31st, 2017

What custody rights do grandparents have in Pennsylvania? PA law sets forth the criteria to determine whether a grandparent can petition the court for any type of physical custody of a child (including full custody): – The grandparent’s relationship with the child must have started with the consent of a parent of the child or [...]

Spotlight Issue: Expungement of criminal offenses

March 2nd, 2017

A criminal charge, even without a conviction, can have a very negative impact on a person’s ability to obtain employment, get a loan or find housing. Is there anything that can be done to erase your criminal record? In some cases, yes: you may be eligible to have your record expunged or declared “limited access.” [...]

ENM Law News: “Not guilty” verdict in drug possession case

February 23rd, 2017

A recent client came to ENM Law when he was facing the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence. This client was on parole for murder when he was charged with simple drug possession. While a possession charge usually only carries a probationary sentence, this client was looking at a state sentence for the new charge [...]

ENM Law News: Summary Retail Theft charge dismissed

February 8th, 2017

A client recently came to ENM Law looking for assistance with a summary Retail Theft charge that had been filed against her. The circumstances surrounding the charge were a little bit unusual: she had been charged by private criminal complaint approximately 7 months after the offense was allegedly committed and the client had already paid [...]

ENM Law News: Successful Rule 600 motion

January 27th, 2017

Rule 600 of PA Criminal Procedure guarantees a criminal defendant the right to a speedy trial. Failure to bring a case to trial within the required period of time results in dismissal of the charges. Read more about Rule 600 here. A client recently came to Attorney Nevins because of a second offense DUI charge [...]

Spotlight Issue: Rule 600 Motion

January 27th, 2017

What is a Rule 600 motion and how can it help your case? The title refers to Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure Rule 600 which guarantees a speedy trial to criminal defendants. Rule 600 states that a trial must commence within 365 days of one of the following actions: 1 – the date that a written complaint [...]

Spotlight Issue: Child tax credit and custody

December 30th, 2016

Tax season is approaching and you may be asking how your child custody arrangement affects your taxes. Your custody arrangement may have a very specific impact on whether or not you can claim a child tax credit. The child tax credit allows a parent to claim a credit for each dependent child. But what happens [...]

Legal Update: Reduced waiting period in Pennsylvania for no-fault divorces

December 30th, 2016

There is a new answer to the question “How long do I need to wait for a no fault divorce in Pennsylvania?” Since 1988, Pennsylvania law has required that, unless both spouses are consenting to a no-fault divorce, the parties must be separated for a period of 2 years and the court must make a [...]

ENM Law News: Recent criminal cases

October 19th, 2016

Do you need an attorney for a criminal charge in Berks County? The answer is almost always “Yes.” But you shouldn’t choose just any attorney that you find online. You need an experienced criminal attorney who knows the best way to handle criminal cases in Reading, PA. We are those attorneys. Here are details on [...]