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Activists Push for Pennsylvania to Stop Suspending Licenses for Non-Driving Offenses

In recent months, activists and those in the legal community have pushed Pennsylvania lawmakers to create legislation that would stop the suspension of licenses for individuals charged with offenses unrelated to driving. Currently mandatory license revocation applies to serious non-driving offenses such as drug crimes and failure to pay child support, but it can also […]

Why You Need a Lawyer When Facing Criminal Charges

In almost any circumstance in which you have been charged with a crime, it is in your best interest to retain an attorney. This is especially true if you could face harsh penalties like prison or jail time or significant fines. It is extremely difficult for the average person to competently handle his or her […]

Invoking Your Right to Silence with Police

If you’ve watched enough cop shows on TV, you know you have the right to remain silent after you have been arrested. Your Miranda rights, which stem from the case of Miranda v. Arizona (1965), are the rights officers are required by law to read to you when taking you into custody. These rights inform […]

Pennsylvania Youth Drinking and Driving Less Frequently

A recent report from the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) indicates there is a downward trend in alcohol use, drunk driving and alcohol-related arrests among Pennsylvania minors. The numbers in the report indicate that from 2011 through 2015, the rates of drinking among 12- to 17-year-olds declined by 18 to 20 percent. These numbers came […]

Pennsylvania State Trooper Gets Jail Time After Punching DUI Suspect

Pennsylvania State Trooper John Robert Sromovsky was recently sentenced to two-and-a-half to 12 months in county jail after being convicted by a jury of simple assault. The incident that prompted the charges came in September 2016. Sromovsky taunted, swore at and repeatedly punched a crying man who was belted into his seat in a patrol […]

Police Say Mother Framed Son for DUI

Local police in Williamsport say a woman framed her son for driving under the influence (DUI). According to a report by WNEP-TV, the 38-year-old woman from West Milton admitted to investigators that she put her 20-year-old son behind the wheel of a car in February, then called police and told them he had passed out […]

Calls Increase for Pennsylvania to Toughen DUI Laws

Pennsylvania’s driving under the influence (DUI) laws have been the subject of criticism for some time. Many consider the laws to be too lenient on offenders and point to some of the following statistics as evidence of that: Every year, there are 12,300 crashes caused by impaired drivers, resulting in an average of 9,000 injuries […]

AG Sessions: US Will Continue to Enforce Federal Drug Laws Despite Trump Marijuana Deal with Colorado

Earlier this year, a deal between President Donald Trump and Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado made headlines, as Trump promised he would support legislation to protect the state’s burgeoning marijuana industry. However, in recent remarks, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that despite the apparent deal, the federal government will continue to enforce the […]

Federal, State Authorities Ramp Up Fentanyl Enforcement

Both federal and Pennsylvania state law enforcement officials are more aggressively prosecuting drug crimes involving fentanyl, even going so far as to use statutes that had rarely been cited over the past few decades. In some cases, they are treating overdose deaths as homicides and are seizing larger quantities of the drugs and issuing conspiracy […]

Youngstown Area Residents Face Federal Drug Charges

Several people from the Youngstown area face federal drug charges for their reported involvement in a distribution ring for heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and fentanyl. Those illegal drugs likely made their way through Youngstown, Girard, Farrell and other nearby towns. Law enforcement officials charged the following people with 39 total counts in an indictment that […]

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