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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

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    Not guilty on 1st Degree MURDER CHARGE (dec. 2022, Pottsville, Pa)

    Mr. Nenner's client faced first degree murder, third degree murder and various other charges. The Commonwealth alleged that Mr. Whitted stabbed and killed a driver after an incident at a red light in West Brunswick Township. Throughout the trial, Mr. Nenner argued...

    MURDER, Att. Murder CHARGES – Negotiated Significantly Lower prison sentence (Feb. 2022, PHILA)

    Mr. Anderson faced murder and attempted murder charges after an incident in Northeast Philadelphia involving the shooting death of Anderson’s sister’s boyfriend and the boyfriend’s roommate who was shot 5 times and survived. The decedent had previously beaten the...


    The Commonwealth alleged that Mr. Shelton shot and seriously injured a male in a bar in North Philadelphia called Circles. There was video of the shooting which happened outside the bar. However, Mr. Nenner presented witnesses who testified that the person in the bar...


    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 Charges in Philadelphia PA State Court – Possession of a Controlled Substance

    In most criminal drug cases in Philadelphia, there are two common charges or offenses: Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. In addition to these drug charges, there are other drug related charges, such...

    Drug Charges in Philadelphia PA State Court – What is “Possession”

    Page last reviewed and updated: October 20, 2019 One of the most common types of criminal state (PA) cases in Philadelphia is possession of drugs. Possession of a Controlled Substance (PCS) and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (PWID) often...

    Pennsylvania Second Degree Murder (AKA: Felony Murder) Law

    Philadelphia criminal lawyer David S. Nenner discusses the current status of second degree murder law in Pennsylvania. This is also known as the felony murder rule. Get info about PA court decisions and the agency theory. Not every case of death during the commission of a felony will result in a second degree murder conviction in PA.

    Philadelphia Murder Cases – Police Investigation Tactics

    Questioning Police Officer Tactics in Philadelphia Murder Cases Within the last 10 years, there have been several murder Philadelphia criminal cases in which the accused individuals were acquitted of the crimes. In these cases, the individuals spent months, if not...

    Murder Charges in Pennsylvania – Murder Law in Pennsylvania

    An explanation of Pennsylvania murder laws including Section 2502. What is murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree and murder in the third degree. Get a summary of the definitions under Pennsylvania criminal law.