License Suspension for Drug Convictions: Is that really a “conviction”?

Pennsylvania’s Vehicle Code mandates a driver’s license suspension of “any person . . . convict[ed] of any offense involving the possession, sale, delivery, offering for sale, holding for sale or giving away of any controlled substance under the laws of the United States, this Commonwealth or any other state.”  75 Pa.C.S. § 1532(c). This is a surprise to many facing … Read More

Round Two: The Appeal

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice estimated that 69,348 state criminal appeals were resolved nationwide. On average, accounting for 143 appellate courts, that’s approximately 484 criminal appeals per court—a little over one appeal per day. See Report of U.S. Dept. of Justice (Sept. 2015) here: https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/casc.pdf Appellate litigation makes up a substantial portion of our justice system, and it … Read More