Don’t Want Police to Search Your Phone Without a Warrant: Don’t Abandon It in a Public Bathroom Actively Recording

In an age where technology is changing faster than the law can keep up, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently addressed the issue of when police can legally search a smartphone without a warrant. Abandoned Smartphone In Commonwealth v. Kane, a Villanova University student hid a smartphone behind a “wet floor” sign in a co-ed…


Fighting a DUI Charge: Did Police Violate Your Constitutional Rights?

A recent decision by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania demonstrates that a driver’s impairment (or lack thereof) isn’t the only issue at play when fighting a DUI charge. When applicable, another avenue for fighting a DUI charge is to challenge the constitutionality of the underlying traffic stop. A Well-Being Check In Commonwealth v. Thimons, a…


Arrested for DUI: Can You Be Convicted with Layperson Testimony?

A recent decision by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania offers a sobering lesson on the evidence that can be used to convict a driver of DUI. Field Sobriety Tests In Commonwealth v. Wilkinson, a driver hit the front of another vehicle, ripping off its bumper, while traveling through an intersection. The police officer who responded…