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    Philadelphia Gun & Violent Crime Cases on the Rise

    Shootings and gun cases in Philadelphia have risen sharply in 2020. Here’s a look at some of the most recent data provided by the Philadelphia Police Department:

    • From July 12, 2019 to July 12, 2020, there’s been a 55% increase in the number of shootings. (1018 versus 1578 shootings)
    • During the same period, there’s been a 31% increase in the number of shooting victims. (720 versus 946 shooting victims)
    • During the same period, there’s been a 24% increase in the number of aggravated assaults with gun. (1312 versus 1625 agg. assaults)

    In addition, Philadelphia is on track for a record number of homicides in 2020. According to data from the Philadelphia Police Department, there have been 221 homicides as of July 13, 2020, compared to 176 homicides by July 13, 2020. The jump in the number of homicides (45) represents a 26% increase.

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    With the sharp increase in violent crimes, the Philly Police Department is stretched thin, and very likely falling behind. Also, with recent citywide protests, law enforcement would certainly fall further behind.

    When pressure mounts due to increases in violent crimes and lack of resources, mistakes are often made during investigations. These mistakes can lead to illegal police conduct, like an unconstitutional search or seizure/arrest.

    In some cases, especially murder cases, police investigations may result in mistaken identity or a false confession. It’s critical for suspects and defendants to prepare the best defenses, including raising any legal issues like an illegal arrest or search.

    Search & Seizure Law Articles

    Pennsylvania Criminal Law – Running or Walking Away from Police When an officer approaches a person on the street or sidewalk, can the person ignore the officer and walk or run away? Under PA constitutional law, the answer is yes. But, an officer can chase and stop the person if the officer has reasonable suspicion of criminal activity; the act of walking or running away doesn’t qualify as reasonable suspicion.

    Car Searches in Philadelphia Drug/Gun Cases – Legal Rights of the Accused Traffic stops often result in searches and arrests for drug or gun charges. During a traffic stop, a driver, passenger and anything inside the car may be searched only if the officer has probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed.

    Search & Seizure of Drugs or Guns in Pennsylvania Criminal Cases – Exceptions to the Warrant Requirement Under state and federal constitutional law, warrants are required for an arrest or search of a home, personal items, etc. However, there are so many exceptions to the warrant requirement, that the warrant rule is basically nonexistent.

    David S. Nenner

    "Top Rated Criminal Defense Lawyer"


    Mr. Nenner's client was charged with multiple crimes (murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault, robbery, etc.) after a shooting death occurred at a gambling house in North Philadelphia. At trial, Mr. Nenner successfully presented a self-defense argument and convinced...


    Mr. Nenner’s client was charged with murder and gun charges in Philadelphia. The client was accused of shooting and killing another male on Arch Street near the 5600 block of Ithan Street in Philadelphia. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty after deliberating...

    Drug Possession Case – Motion to Suppress Granted

    Mr. Nenner presented evidence that to show that the traffic stop was a pretextual stop. The officer had no reason to pull the car over. The judge agreed and suppressed the evidence. As a result, the prosecution withdrew the charges.

    Attempted Murder Case – Not Guilty Jury Verdict

    Mr. Nenner presented a self-defense argument, and the jury returned a “not guilty” verdict after a 7 day trial in Philadelphia.

    3rd Degree Murder Case – Charges Dismissed for Co-Defendants

    Mr. Nenner represented co-defendants in a shooting death in North Philadelphia. Both cases were ultimately dismissed.

    Philadelphia Criminal Trials – Evidence Pointing to Another Perpetrator in Drug Possession or Drug Manufacture Cases

    In criminal trials in Philadelphia, one pretty common defense tactic is pointing the finger at another person at trial. This can raise enough doubt to result in a not guilty verdict by the judge or jury that the defendant was not the perpetrator of the crime. Here’s...

    Philadelphia Murder & Gun Possession Cases Increasing in 2021 – A Look at Common Charges & Defenses

    A look at PA criminal law for Murder (1st, 2nd, 3rd Degree), Aggravated Assault, Robbery, Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Firearm Without a License, Carrying a Firearm in Philadelphia (misdemeanor).

    Pennsylvania Murder Charges, Deceased Person’s Statements Used to Prove Guilt

    Defense Trial Strategies – Excluding Statements That Accuse the Defendant Prosecutors often look to a deceased individual’s statements made prior to a murder to show that the defendant is guilty. These statements may point to a history of violence between the deceased...

    Pennsylvania (State) Drug Charges, Dog Sniffs & Constitutional Law

    Federal and Pennsylvania state courts treat narcotics dog searches differently. So different that the same scenario could result in different outcomes in federal versus state court. For example, a Philadelphia resident is pulled over for speeding. During the traffic...

    Dog Sniff Searches of Cars in Pennsylvania Traffic Stops (Federal Law)

    Dog or canine searches of cars during traffic stops in PA often lead to drug possession/dealing charges and gun charges. For example, a police officer pulls over a driver for speeding. During the traffic stop, a canine search is performed revealing several bags of...