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State Lawmaker Pushes Marijuana Legalization After Study Shows Racial Disparity in Arrests

After a recent report reflected major racial disparities in the enforcement of marijuana crimes in Pennsylvania, State Rep. Ed Gainey of Pittsburgh decided to push to legalize (or at least decriminalize) the drug. A new resolution Rep. Gainey introduced into the state House of Representatives would “establish an advisory committee to conduct an ongoing study […]

Pennsylvania Legislature to Consider Bills to End License Suspensions for Non-Driving Offenses

Certain criminal offenses, including many drug crimes, may lead to the loss or suspension of a driver’s license in Pennsylvania. For example, those convicted of drug offenses and who serve several months in prison could complete their sentences and still have their licenses under suspension. There are now several bills pending in the Pennsylvania legislature […]

Criminal Threats: Not a Form of Protected Speech

Although the U.S. Constitution guarantees all citizens the right to free speech, that right does not protect all forms of speech. There are long-recognized limitations on what exactly constitutes free speech. There are, for example, prohibitions against libel, slander and criminal threats. A criminal threat involves one person threatening another with physical harm. This threat […]

Concealed Carry Requirements and Information in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania, like almost every other state, allows citizens to apply for concealed carry permits, enabling them to carry concealed firearms on their person or in their vehicles. In the Keystone State, anyone who is 21 years of age or older may submit an Application for a Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms to their county sheriff […]

Can I Go to Jail for Selling Fake Drugs?

From time to time, we hear a story about someone purchasing baking powder that the seller claimed to be cocaine or aspirin the seller passed off as OxyContin. In these situations, can the person who sold the “drugs” be sent to jail — even if the substances themselves were not real drugs? The short answer […]

What to Know About Juvenile Drug Possession

If you are an adult and you’ve been charged with a drug possession crime, your case would go through the regular court system. This process works differently for minors, who typically go through the juvenile court system instead. Any person under 18 who knowingly possess an illegal or controlled substance without a legal justification may […]

Major Pennsylvania Heroin Ring Busted Over the Summer

It was a big summer for law enforcement in Pennsylvania when it came to drugs. One of the biggest headlines was the bust of a $7.8 million heroin drug ring in the central part of the state, leading to 16 people being charged in connection to the drug trafficking system. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro […]

Berks County Man Faces Prison Time for DUI Causing Death

A man from Berks County faces up to 23 months in prison for his role in a crash that killed a passenger in his vehicle. Adam McIlvee, 23, was sentenced to up to 23 months in jail, followed by an additional five years of probation. He pleaded guilty in June to charges of driving under […]

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 […]

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