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Can Police Search Your Cell Phone After an Arrest?

Law enforcement officers have the right to search your person upon placing you under arrest. This includes searching the area in your immediate vicinity, along with your pockets, clothing and bags. But if officers pull out your phone, are they allowed to start searching through the data contained on it? Or do they require a […]

What Sentencing Options Exist in Juvenile Court?

Because jail is usually not an option when a minor is convicted of a crime, juvenile courts have a wider variety of sentencing options available. There are still forms of “incarceration” that can be used for juveniles, but generally, whether or not the juvenile is incarcerated, the focus of the court system is to rehabilitate […]

What to Do If Asked to Take a Lie Detector Test

If you’ve watched crime dramas on TV, you are probably familiar with the general concept of a lie detector test. Basically, a polygraph works by measuring your body’s physiological response to certain questions asked of you. The general philosophy is that your body will have obvious natural responses if you give an answer you know […]

What is Obstruction of Justice?

Obstruction of justice involves any action that interferes with the prosecution or investigation of a criminal offense. There is a great deal of flexibility in what can and cannot be considered obstruction of justice. It often involves hiding suspects from the authorities, lying to police officers or warning someone about a potential subpoena. Some common […]

York County Judge Rules Law Enforcement Overzealous in Property Forfeiture

A judge in York County recently ruled that local law enforcement engaged in a pattern of seizing property with high resale value in criminal cases, even if that property was not linked to drug money or other illegal activities. In the case, a 46-year-old man was arrested in March 2016 for selling heroin to a […]

Supreme Court Property Forfeiture Ruling Not Expected to Affect Pennsylvania

A February decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on a drug distribution case in Indiana will apparently not affect the methods used by police and district attorneys in Pennsylvania when it comes to property forfeitures of defendants in criminal cases. The Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Timbs v. Indiana, finding that the Eighth […]

Will Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Legislation Lead to Changes in DUI Law?

It has now been more than a year since the state of Pennsylvania legalized the use of medical marijuana. All people who use medical marijuana in the state must follow warnings about using the substance and driving, and also must carry their medical marijuana cards with them wherever they go. Any drivers using medical marijuana […]

Berks County Among the Most Dangerous for DUIs in Pennsylvania

Fortunately, the number of impaired driving deaths appears to be on the decline in Pennsylvania over the past several years. However, there are still some areas of the state where driving under the influence remains a particular problem. In a ranking based on deaths per 100,000 residents, Berks County ranks as the sixth-most dangerous county […]

What You Need to Know if Charged with Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer

When you have been placed under arrest, it is in your best interests to be calm and cooperative, even if law enforcement officers are not treating you with the respect you deserve. Lashing out and striking an officer will only make matters worse. You may be charged with additional crimes, such as aggravated assault of […]

‘Operation Ice Dog’ Leads to 18 Arrests in Berks County

A recent drug bust called “Operation Ice Dog” in Berks County resulted in 23 people being charged with crimes. The bust itself netted 18 arrests, while five other suspects remained at large. The charges included attempted homicide, conspiracy and dealing drugs like methamphetamine, fentanyl and prescription opioids. At the press conference announcing the bust, Berks […]

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