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  • What Are Your Miranda Rights?

    Most people have seen a crime show on TV where the perpetrator finally gets arrested and the cops quickly start reciting a series of phrases, almost like poetry. “You have the right to remain silent.” “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” These are known as your Miranda rights, and they’re extremely important to know should you ever find yourself in trouble with ...
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  • Three Criminal Justice Myths We See on TV Shows

    Do you watch crime shows on television? If so, you’re not alone. Crime shows of all types are some of the most popular and beloved series on the silver screen, with some of the biggest names running for years. While some of these shows go through rigorous efforts to make the stories as realistic and believable as possible, the truth of the matter is that criminal justice in its purest form just ...
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  • Can Drug Offenses Be Expunged in Pennsylvania?

    Having a criminal conviction on your record can have consequences that impact you for the rest of your life. Criminal background checks are a common part of seeking employment, and those with a conviction may also struggle to find a place to live as many landlords and tenants don’t want to rent to someone who has a previous record of run-ins with the law. Thankfully, there’s a way to scrub your ...
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  • How to Appeal a Drug Crimes Conviction

    Courts are designed to ensure those who are accused of an offense receive a fair trial, but trials aren’t always as fair as they should be. No system can remove the human condition, and that means courts aren’t immune from mistakes or bias that may unfairly skew the results. This isn’t something you’ll want influencing the outcome of your trial, particularly if you stand accused of a drug offense. ...
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  • What is a "Search?"

    The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution protects U.S. citizens from “unreasonable” search and seizure. In other words, citizens have the right to privacy, be it in their homes, in their cars, in their pockets, and much more. Thus, law enforcement and authority figures are barred from stopping you without reason and searching you for evidence that shows you may have committed a crime. This is ...
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  • Are Breathalyzers Completely Accurate?

    When you’re arrested and charged with driving under the influence, you’ll be required to take a blood alcohol content test through one of three common chemical methods: urine, blood, or breath. The breath test is by far the most common in that it’s non-invasive, easy to conduct, inexpensive, and produces results quickly. However, while many people believe that these tests are infallible and a ...
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  • How Do Police Test for Marijuana Intoxication?

    Most drivers know that they can be arrested and charged with a crime if they get behind the wheel after having a few too many drinks. However, the law doesn’t specify that you must be intoxicated by alcohol, and in fact it also applies to drugs including marijuana. However, the breathalyzer, the most reliable and fastest way to determine blood alcohol content levels, is useless when trying to ...
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  • What Is Civil Forfeiture?

    If you’ve paid any attention to the news over the last several months, you may have heard the term “civil forfeiture” or “civil asset forfeiture” brought up. The controversial practice found itself in the limelight again roughly a year ago after Attorney General Jeff Sessions came out in support of the practice and sought to expand it. However, the move was overwhelmingly blocked by a bipartisan ...
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  • Things Needed to Prove Guilt in a Domestic Violence Case

    Domestic violence case are often extremely difficult to navigate, primarily because there is usually a lack of evidence and the charges are based off nothing more than the word of an alleged victim. While nobody wants to see perpetrators get away with their actions and victims not receive the justice they deserve, laws and general public attitude towards these accusations are generally not ...
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  • A Brief Overview of Pennsylvania's Firearms Laws

    Recent tragedies have turned the public discourse to the topic of firearms, and with proponents of both sides of the debate arguing fiercely, there’s bound to be a large amount of misinformation and falsehoods that come out and make their way into the public consciousness. As a result, people all around the state and even around the country are confused as to what is and is not legal in regards to ...
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  • An Overview of Pennsylvania's Marijuana Laws

    Laws are always changing, but today perhaps none are changing more often or more dramatically than those governing marijuana. What was a controlled and banned substance for decades is now being pushed for its medical benefits, and advocates believe that the ability to purchase and consume is a matter of personal liberty. This has led to sweeping changes in an increasing number of states across the ...
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  • Pennsylvania Begins Medical Marijuana Sales

    The state of Pennsylvania has long been known for its strict stance on marijuana, including medical marijuana. However, a program that’s been in the works for two years has just recently come to fruition as dispensaries around the state have begun to open their doors to sell highly-controlled and limited amounts of marijuana to customers who have received clearance from their doctor. The first ...
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  • The Three Commonly-Accepted Field Sobriety Tests

    Even as little as thirty years ago, law enforcement officers were obtaining probable cause to make DUI arrests by all sorts of means that were as wildly inaccurate as they were varied. This prompted a massive study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into these tests in order to find out which ones were the most accurate and how to make them better to lead to fewer mistakes, ...
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  • Will I Be Charged with a Felony or Misdemeanor DUI?

    Most people know about the crime of driving under the influence but few people know just what kind of crime it actually is. Is it a moving violation, like a traffic ticket? Or does it stick on your criminal history as well as your driving record? The answer is yes, driving under the influence, or DUI, is a criminal charge, and you could face either misdemeanor or felony charges for it. What many ...
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  • Sealing Your Record May Become Hassle Free Soon!

    Did you know that one out of every three Americans has some form of a criminal record that shows up on a background check? That’s the same number of people as those who have a college degree. Yet for those with a criminal record, life is certainly a lot more difficult, especially when it comes to finding employment or a place to live. That’s because more than 90 percent of all business run ...
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