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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 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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

When Are Police Allowed to Search Your Vehicle?

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures. However, it does not mean you are fully protected from a search if an officer pulls you over in your vehicle. There are some circumstances in which officers can search your vehicle without a warrant, including when the following are present: […]

Do Police Need Warrants to Extract Evidence from Social Media Profiles?

People are putting information about themselves and their lives on the internet more than ever, thanks to the explosion of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you are not careful with your privacy settings, you might find that content you thought you were just sharing with friends and family is actually available […]

Private Attorneys vs. Public Defenders: How Do They Stack Up?

When you are accused of a crime, you have the right to an attorney. As the arresting officer tells you while reading your Miranda rights, if you are unable to afford a private defense attorney of your own, you will be provided with an attorney known as a public defender. In either case, the job […]

New Anti-Hazing Law Introduced After Death of Penn State Fraternity Member

The Pennsylvania state legislature recently passed an anti-hazing law that was proposed after the death of a Penn State student who had been drinking at a fraternity house in early 2017. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill into law shortly after the legislature passed it. The bill allows prosecutors to seek stricter criminal penalties and […]

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Toughen State’s DUI Penalties

After years of receiving criticism about Pennsylvania’s relative weakness in the area of driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement, state legislators passed a bill in October that would impose stricter penalties on repeat offenders. The legislation is Senate Bill 961. It is expected to levy harsher penalties on those convicted of DUI starting in 2019. […]

Are Felony Drug Charges Helping Deter Opioid Use in Pennsylvania?

Drug-related deaths and overdoses are on the rise across the country, and Pennsylvania is one of the states hit the hardest by the opioid crisis. In fact, earlier this year, the state declared the epidemic a state of emergency, indicating just how serious the problem has become here. One of the tools state officials are […]

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