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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Teacher’s Arrest Illustrates Career Consequences of DUI

Earlier this year, a special education teacher in western Pennsylvania resigned his position after being arrested for driving under the influence, resisting arrest, public drunkenness, and criminal mischief. The incident occurred just before 7 a.m.; the teacher allegedly crashed his car into the railing next to a baseball field near the entrance to Gateway High […]

Degrees of Homicide Under Pennsylvania Law

The unlawful taking of a human life is the most serious offense in our criminal code. But not all killings are equal. Here is a brief summary of Pennsylvania’s law of criminal homicide: Murder in the first degree — An “intentional killing.” Here the statute provides a further definition: “Killing by means of poison, or […]

What Is the Law on Parental Kidnapping in Pennsylvania?

According to The Herald of Sharon, Pennsylvania, a Sharpsville man was recently charged with the murder of his girlfriend and the kidnapping of their eight-month-old daughter. If the authorities are correct, this is a shocking crime to contemplate. But, unfortunately, child custody disputes often cross the line from civil court disputes to criminal violations. Although […]

What Exactly Is the Crime of Burglary in Pennsylvania?

A Reading man was recently arrested for a crime spree that included several burglaries of businesses in Lancaster County. Most people understand that burglary has something to do with the illegal entry of a premises and is generally connected to theft. But what exactly do prosecutors have to prove to secure a conviction for burglary? […]

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