General Links:

A Collection of Links that may be useful for Criminal Defense Attorneys:

1) Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
Read the text of current state laws for free on the web.

2) Pennsylvania Direcotry of Psychologists
A directory of Pennsylvania psychologists arranged by town with links to their web pages.

3) Hieros Gamos
THE comprehensive legal resource site.

4) Findlaw
A plethora of legal research tools including an A-Z offense specific dictionary search tool for the criminal defense attorney.

5) The Jurist
A University of Pittsburgh publication offering legal news, commentary, discussion and resources.

6) AcademicInfo
Resources and research tools for current and prospective criminal justice students.

7) Pa. Continuing Legal Education Board
The links in the menu on the left provide access to information, forms, frequently asked questions about legal education requirements for Pennsylvania lawyers.

8) National Legal Aid and Defender Association
A resource for those representing equal justice in Pennsylvania.

9) Pa. Juvenile Defenders
A website dedicated to criminal defense of juveniles, with criminal law updates and links to state and local juvenile defender offices.

10) American Bar Association

11) Pennsylvania Bar Association

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Criminal Defense Resources in Pennsylvania:

1) The Unified Justice System of Pennsylvania – This is the oldest appellate court in the nation. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court makes final interpretations of state law. Thousands of cases are submitted to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court each year; however, the court retains the discretion to hear only the cases that it deems important for the state.

Commonwealth Court Chief Clerk’s Office
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 2100
P.O. Box 69185
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9185

2) Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing – This Commission was created by the General Assembly in 1978 with the mission of creating a consistent and rational statewide sentencing policy that is fair, no matter the severity of the crime. According to 42 Pa.C.S. §2154, the court is to adopt sentencing guidelines that are to be “considered by the sentencing court in determining the appropriate sentence for defendants who plead guilty or nolo contendere to, or who were found guilty of, felonies and misdemeanors.”

009 Brumbaugh Hall
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park Campus
Phone: 814-863-2797

3) Pennsylvania Criminal Code – This online database contains reference material for Pennsylvania’s state statutes. The website reflects changes effective through 43 Pa.B. 202 (January 5, 2013).

4) Pennsylvania State Police – Created in 1905, this is the oldest uniformed police organization in the country. The Pennsylvania State Police are responsible for many criminal investigation and support services, in addition to highway safety supervision.

Pennsylvania State Police Department Headquarters
1800 Elmerton Ave.
Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 783-5599

Pennsylvania & Local Resources:

  1. – The official website of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  2. Montgomery County – The official website of Montgomery County
  3. Bucks County – The official website of Bucks County
  4. Norristown – The official website of the Municipality of Norristown
  5. Doylestown – The official website of Doylestown Township
  6. Lehigh County – The official website of Lehigh County
  7. Berks County – The official website of Berks County
  8. City of Allentown – The official website of the City of Allentown
  9. City of Reading – The official website of the City of Reading

Court Resources:

1) Pennsylvania Courts – A wealth of information about the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania has been assembled on this website, including court opinions, policies, dockets, and calendars.

2) Montgomery County Courts – The Montgomery County Courts page provides a calendar and hearings list, court forms, and local rules, along with other helpful information.

3) Bucks County Court – The main Bucks County Court page offers links to general court information, as well as links divided among civil, domestic, and criminal matters.

4) Lehigh County Court – The Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas page offers a wide variety of information regarding the general jurisdiction court located in Allentown.

5) Berks County Courts – Information on jury services, court administration and helpful forms and scheduled are listed on the webpage for the Berks County Court of Common Pleas.

6) Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) – The AOPC is the administrative arm of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. This website offers insight into the departments and units within the AOPC, conducting business with the AOPC and other information regarding the court system.

Criminal Law Resources:

1) Pennsylvania State Police Department – The Pennsylvania State Police website offers information on traffic and crime initiatives, explains services provided to the public, and gives safety tips for citizens.

2) The Pennsylvania Point System Fact Sheet – Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation explaining how points are added to a driver’s record when he or she is found guilty of certain driving violations.

3) Pennsylvania DUI Association – This organization’s website offers information about the enforcement of DUI laws in Pennsylvania.

4) Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department – The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department website provides forms, a most wanted list and a warrant list, as well as information regarding department services.

5) Bucks County Sheriff’s Department – The Bucks County Sheriff’s Department contains information about weapons permits, warrants, and duties of the sheriff’s department.

6) Norristown Police Department – The Norristown Police Department website provides information on police programs and additional law enforcement links.

7) Federal Drug Classification Schedules – This site describes the distinguishing characteristics of Schedule I, II, III, IV, and V drugs.

Legal Resources:

  1. Federal Resources
  2. Federal Branches of Government
  3. Executive Office of the President (EOP)
  1. Pennsylvania Bar Association – The official PBA website provides a wealth of information regarding the practice of law in Pennsylvania.
  2. Montgomery Bar Association – The MBA website is a valuable resource for attorneys and citizens in Montgomery County.
  3. Bar Association of Lehigh County – The BALC website offers information on events, schedules and announcements for membership and services including law journal and referral service.

Judicial Branch of the Federal Government:

Legislative Branch of the Federal Government:

  1. United States House of Representatives
  2. United States Senate
  3. Legislative Agencies & Commissions
  4. The Library of Congress