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CRIMINAL DEFENSE / Articles
 

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DUI: What Most People Don’t Know (But Should)

By Caroline G. Donato- An arrest for DUI is often frustrating. The frustration doesn’t always stem from a feeling of “getting caught” or culpability, but rather, many clients are frustrated because they don’t believe the arrest was fair. A classic example: imagine going out to dinner with your spouse and friends. You have one or two 6 oz. glasses of wine over the course of a 1.5-hour dinner and stop drinking before dessert arrives. By the time you get in your car, you feel fine. It was a late dinner, so you’re tired but other than that, you do not feel...

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Peter Kratsa and Caroline Donato Named Top Lawyers by Main Line Today Magazine

July 27, 2018 - MacElree Harvey, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Peter Kratsa and Caroline Donato were named to Main Line Today's 2018 Top Lawyers list. Both Mr. Kratsa and Ms. Donato were listed among top criminal defense attorneys by the magazine, with Mr. Kratsa listed as number 1. Main Line Today (MLT) is a regional lifestyle magazine, serving Pennsylvania’s Western Suburbs. Each year attorneys are nominated via peer balloting, then vetted through MLT’s editorial process. The full list of MacElree Harvey attorneys named Top Lawyers in their respective areas of practice can be viewed here.   About MacElree Harvey, Ltd. Attorneys at Law | Centreville,...

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Caroline G. Donato Recognized in 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star List

May 16, 2018- MacElree Harvey, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Caroline G. Donato has been selected to the 2018 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service, and publication, selects outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas through a rigorous, multi‐phase process. The 2018 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list recognizes attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing law for 10 years or less. Approximately two and a half percent of attorneys in Pennsylvania received this distinction. Ms. Donato was named in the area of Criminal Defense. The Super Lawyers...

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Peter Kratsa President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

April 30, 2018– MacElree Harvey, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Peter E. Kratsa, Esq. was recently appointed President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL).  PACDL is the premier network of leading defense attorneys in the region with a mission to educate, advocate and inspire by providing support for criminal defense lawyers, promoting effective competence, leveling the playing field, and protecting freedoms. Mr. Kratsa is a criminal defense attorney with over 20 years of experience defending individuals and entities accused of criminal activity. His practice includes representation of clients in state and federal criminal trials, grand jury investigations,...

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Sexual Harassment or Sexual Assault? Terminology Matters

By Caroline G. Donato In the last couple of years, the news has been replete with stories involving allegations of sexual misconduct or assault. Such allegations range from workplace harassment to rape. Prominent examples include President Trump’s Access Hollywood “locker room talk”; Senator Al Franken’s allegations of sexual harassment; Matt Lauer’s allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior in the workplace; Donovan McNabb’s allegations of sexual harassment; Pennsylvania US Representative Patrick Meehan’s allegations of sexual harassment; and, accusations against Harvey Weinstein for rape and sexual assault. There is no dispute that every accusation must be given serious consideration and attention. The ongoing debate appears...

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To Trust The Jury Is To Trust The Process

By Caroline G. Donato It was around 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2017. Pete Kratsa and I were sitting in his office waiting for the phone to ring. It was the culmination of a five day jury trial, weeks of contentious pre-trial litigation, and nearly two years of attempting to persuade the Commonwealth to withdraw the charges and convince two different courts to dismiss the charges. Going to trial was not a fleeting decision. It was a last resort. Our client was a young college student wrongfully accused of Rape. From the outset it was our position that the evidence was...

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How to Choose a PA Criminal Defense Attorney

Being in the position of having to retain a criminal defense attorney is not something any rational person would actually look forward to. While my clients are generally pleased with the outcome of their cases, when we say our goodbyes they uniformly tell me they hope to never see me again. I get that. The above said, good people (whom I frequently refer to as “the uninitiated”) find themselves in the foreign position of having to select a criminal defense lawyer, whether due to a pending government investigation or recent charges. This article offers some “Do’s” and “Don’ts” to guide the...

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Why You Should Not Talk to the Police Without an Attorney

“But, the Officer Said I Didn’t Need a Lawyer!” Let me preface what I’m about to say by allowing that some of my very best friends are police officers and detectives. I respect the work they do. We can be good friends outside of work, but at the same time professional and appropriately detached within our work, and fight fair between the lines. The professional collegiality is one of the things I like most about practicing as a criminal defense lawyer in Chester County. The above said, if one of my detective friends were investigating something I allegedly did (…I didn’t do it), theywould be...

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MacElree Harvey Names New Shareholder

[This article was originally published on macelree.com] MacElree Harvey is pleased to announce that Peter E. Kratsa has become a Shareholder in the firm. “Peter Kratsa is a knowledgeable and excellent criminal defense lawyer who leads the firm’s newly formed Corporate Compliance, Investigations and Criminal Defense Group. As the chair of the litigation department, I am happy that Peter’s talents have led to him becoming a Shareholder in the firm and know those talents will serve the firm’s clients well in even more ways in the future,” said Al Gollatz. Peter Kratsa is a Shareholder with over 20 years of experience practicing law, focusing on criminal law...

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Protection from Intimidation Order: Another Reason to Avoid Social Media

“Can I get a Restraining Order?” That’s a question I’m typically asked once or twice a year by a discontented neighbor, co-worker, or student.  Until July 1, 2015, my answer was “…not unless you slept with them or are related to them.” In my experience, such disagreements abated and, frankly, both parties were better off for having avoided court proceedings. Well, post- July 1, 2015, the answer to the above question is quite different when Pennsylvania’s “Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation” statute was passed by our typically (over-) reactionary Legislature. In addition to provisions allowing for Restraining Orders for victims...

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