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  • Criminal Defense

    The latest posts for Criminal Defense are listed below.
    • What's the Difference Between a Federal & State Crime?

      There are lots of different criminal offenses, and in fact several are illegal on many different levels. The majority of offenses are prosecuted either on the state level or on the federal level. However, few people actually understand the difference between these two designations and what it might mean for their case. On this blog, we’ll explain it in greater detail. Priority of Jurisdiction ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Current Events

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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 ...
    • Teen Sexting and Common High School/College Offenses

      Teenagers, high school students, and college students do not always make the most informed or thought-ahead of solutions. This is because oftentimes, youth do not consider long-term consequences to their actions. In today’s day and age, many teenagers are relying on technology as their primary form of communication, whether that means sending an instant message, text, or photo. Many teens partake ...
    • Ohio Deputy to Be Prosecuted for Shooting Photographer

      The Ohio Attorney General’s office has stated that the Sheriff’s Deputy who was involved in the shooting of an unarmed photographer will be prosecuted for his actions. Deputy Jake Shaw, who has been placed on administrative leave, could face serious assault with a deadly weapon charges after the Clark County prosecutor requested the use of special prosecutors. The situation began in the ...

    Domestic Violence

    The latest posts for Domestic Violence are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • What to Do if You've Been Wrongfully Accused of Domestic Violence

      Domestic violence is met with grave consequences in the legal realm, and even if you are innocent, the penalties are incredibly damaging to your personal and professional life. This is why, if you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, it is essential you do everything in your power to protect your best interests as well as your reputation. This is best done with the help of our Scranton ...

    Drug Crimes

    The latest posts for Drug Crimes are listed below.
    • How a "Cannabis Vacation" Can Get You in Trouble in Pennsylvania

      States around the country are starting to legalize the recreational consumption of marijuana, and that’s led those who are enthusiasts or otherwise simply enjoy consuming the substance to make trips to these states in order to enjoy it for themselves without the added risk of trouble with the law. For this reason, tourism to states like Colorado, California, Massachusetts, Vermont, and several ...
    • What Is an "Implied Consent" Law?

      “Do I have to blow?” It’s a fairly common question we receive from potential clients who are wondering if they accidentally weakened their case. They’re referring to whether or not they actually legally had to take a breathalyzer test, which requires blowing into a mouthpiece which then detects how much alcohol is in someone’s breath. This is a confusing question because many people may not ...
    • 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. ...

    DUI

    The latest posts for DUI are listed below.
    • What Is an "Implied Consent" Law?

      “Do I have to blow?” It’s a fairly common question we receive from potential clients who are wondering if they accidentally weakened their case. They’re referring to whether or not they actually legally had to take a breathalyzer test, which requires blowing into a mouthpiece which then detects how much alcohol is in someone’s breath. This is a confusing question because many people may not ...
    • How Accurate Are Field Sobriety Tests?

      In order for law enforcement to legally arrest someone, charge them with DUI, and then have them take a chemical BAC test, officers must first legally establish probable cause. Probable cause is a “reasonable suspicion” that someone has committed a crime based on available circumstantial evidence. In order to establish this standard, officers use field sobriety tests, which are tasks that are ...
    • 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 ...

    Marijuana

    The latest posts for Marijuana are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Record Sealing

    The latest posts for Record Sealing are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Search & Seizure

    The latest posts for Search & Seizure are listed below.
    • What Could Be Considered "Drug Paraphernalia?"

      When it comes to drug crimes, there is perhaps no more vague of an accusation than possession of “drug paraphernalia.” In essence, this law is designed to try and stamp down on people who have tools used to ingest illegal narcotics or controlled substances. However, because so many everyday household items can be used to do this, the laws have become pretty hazy. What the Laws Say Pennsylvania’s ...
    • Did Congress Pass a Bill Violating the Fourth Amendment?

      The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution mandates that all citizens of the United States are granted protection from unreasonable searches and seizures. This means law enforcement and other authorities are bound by certain restrictions and guidelines when it comes to conducting searches in order to look for evidence of a crime being done, such as obtaining a search warrant or developing ...
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