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  • 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 ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 ...
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  • Synthetic Marijuana Can Still Get You in Trouble

    Relatively new, synthetic marijuana is also referred to as K2. Though you may believe synthetic marijuana is not punishable under law, it certainly is. Despite popular belief, it is still illegal to possess or distribute synthetic marijuana, and penalties can be quite severe. Synthetic marijuana is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, also known as the FDA, making it an illegal ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Do I Have to Submit to a Breath Test?

    When you are pulled over on suspected DUI, you are likely concerned about how to handle your interaction with the law enforcement officer. It is the police officer’s job to accurately determined whether or not you are driving while drunk, and he or she will administer a number of evaluations as a result. One of the foremost tests asked of you will be a breathalyzer test, in which you will be asked ...
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