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New Pennsylvania DUI Laws Target First-Time Offenders

The state of Pennsylvania recently enacted new rules on how it penalizes first-time offenders who have been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). As of August, the state has a new ignition interlock law, making first-time offenders eligible to have an ignition interlock system installed in their vehicle. Previously, these drivers could only have […]

Police Take Person into Custody for Making Threats to Suburban Schools on 9/11

Law enforcement officers arrested an individual who allegedly made several racist threats to students online in the Philadelphia suburbs. The threats were reportedly made on Sunday, September 10, but were made in reference to the school day on Monday, September 11. That was the 16th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and […]

New Pennsylvania DOC Program Aims to Reduce Re-Arrests

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections hopes to expand a pilot program it launched in Pittsburgh and Scranton on a statewide level after early evaluations indicate it could reduce the chances people will be re-arrested for new crimes after their release from halfway houses. The department’s initial study focused on approximately 200 people who spent time […]

Pennsylvania DUI Arrests Increase from 2015 to 2016

The Pennsylvania State Police recently released their statistics related to arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) in 2016. According to the data, state troopers investigated 4,520 crashes related to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and made a total of 19,518 DUI arrests last year. This represents a 3.8 percent increase from […]

Defense Options Available When Facing Public Intoxication Charges

There are several elements to a public intoxication offense. First, you must have been in a public space, rather than a private residence. Streets, sidewalks and parks are definite examples of public spaces. You must also have been under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance and caused a disturbance or endangered yourself or […]

What Happens If You Refuse to Perform a Field Sobriety Test?

When police officers stop drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs, they are likely to ask the driver to perform at least one field sobriety test (FST). You have the right to refuse these tests. Field sobriety tests Most police officers are trained to administer several types of FSTs. […]

Supplying Alcohol to Minors is Illegal in Pennsylvania

The legal drinking age in the United States is 21, and it is illegal in all states to sell alcohol to anyone who is underage. There are also prohibitions on providing underage people with alcohol, even if there is no exchange of money. The following is some important information to know about supplying alcohol to […]

What a Criminal Defense Attorney Will Do for You

Because of the complicated nature of the criminal justice system, it is nearly impossible to represent yourself effectively. Every case is unique, and only a legal professional with experience in a wide variety of criminal matters can provide you with the quality of representation you need. Below are a few things criminal defense lawyers can […]

What Happens if Police Officers Do Not Read You Your Rights?

Many people have a misconception that if they are arrested, but are not read their rights, they are able to escape any penalties that would arise from their alleged crimes. However, this is not often the case. If police fail to read you the Miranda rights, all that happens is the prosecutor would be unable […]

Drug-Related DUIs Become Even More Common in Pennsylvania

The latest statistics show drug-related arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) continue to become more common throughout Pennsylvania. Now, many state law enforcement agencies are training their officers so that they can more easily recognize when a driver is impaired. Drug-related impairment can look considerably different than impairment associated with consuming alcohol. According to […]

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