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  • Blood Draw Refusals Can Be Used as Evidence in DUI Cases
    Blood Draw Refusals Can Be Used as Evidence in DUI Cases

    In July of 2019, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a DUI defendant’s refusal to submit to a blood draw can be presented as evidence at trial. In May of 2015, a Pennsylvania man was arrested on ...

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  • Court Rules Vehicle Search Based on Marijuana Smell Unlawful
    Court Rules Vehicle Search Based on Marijuana Smell Unlawful

    In Pennsylvania, a judge ruled that officers acted unreasonably when they searched a vehicle in which they smelled drugs even after the passenger showed them his medical marijuana card. Background of ...

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  • Pennsylvania Files the Most Drug-Induced Homicide Charges
    Pennsylvania Files the Most Drug-Induced Homicide Charges

    In 2018, Mission LISA and Health In Justice Action Lab partnered to conduct a study focused on understanding the country’s prosecution of drug-induced homicide cases. Their research used artificial ...

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  • Pennsylvania’s Automatic Criminal Record Sealing Law in Effect
    Pennsylvania’s Automatic Criminal Record Sealing Law in Effect

    On June 28, 2019, Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate law went into effect. Provisions under this landmark piece of legislation allow for around 30 million criminal cases to be automatically sealed. The bill, ...

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  • What Are the Penalties for Eluding or Fleeing Police?
    What Are the Penalties for Eluding or Fleeing Police?

    Seeing the flashing lights of a police car behind you can be a panic-inducing experience. Under stress, you might not be sure of what to do, and instead of pulling over, you continue to drive while ...

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  • DUI and Commercial Driver’s License in Pennsylvania
    DUI and Commercial Driver’s License in Pennsylvania

    Individuals who hold commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) operate large vehicles, which include those that weigh 26,001 or more pounds, carry 16 or more passengers, transport students, or transport ...

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