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Aggravating Factors May Lead to Harsher Consequences

If you are facing criminal charges, there are some aggravating factors that, if present in your case, could increase the severity of the penalties you might face. The following are a few examples of these aggravating factors: Injury: Generally, the more severe the injury the victim suffered, the harsher the penalty the defendant could face. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sale of Prescription Drugs Can Yield Serious Penalties

It is illegal for anyone without a license to sell or give prescription drugs to another person. These drugs must come from licensed healthcare professionals — and only to people who have valid needs or prescriptions for the drug. This has become an increasingly prevalent issue throughout the United States, with prescription painkillers like Vicodin […]

Adults in Pennsylvania Who Let Minors Drink Face Potentially Stiff Penalties

Pennsylvania law takes underage drinking seriously, and adults in the state who let minors drink could face very serious penalties. As an example, on New Year’s Eve, police busted at least nine underage drinkers at a party in Jackson Township. There were two adults at home, who were charged with selling or providing liquor to […]

Law Enforcement Debating How to Handle Rising Murder Rate in Reading

Reading’s homicide rate finished 2018 at more than double what it was in 2017, a statistic that has alarmed both community members and law enforcement officers. City and county officials largely blame issues associated with drugs and gangs, but there have been differing opinions over which strategies can best resolve those issues. Reading has a […]

The Crime of Embezzlement from a ‘Vulnerable Adult’

Embezzlement is a type of theft that occurs when an individual entrusted with managing someone else’s money or property steals some or all of that money or property for personal gain. People most commonly associate embezzlement with corporate settings — such as executives who have organized schemes to steal from their company or clients. However, […]

When and How Can Criminal Charges Be Dropped?

Just because you have been charged in a court case does not necessarily mean your case will go to trial. You could reach a plea bargain agreement with the prosecutor, or the prosecutor could decide to drop your charges completely. Only a prosecutor can seek to drop your charges. The alleged victim in your case […]

What Happens When Police Stop Vehicles to Administer Sobriety Tests?

Police officers who suspect drivers to be legally drunk will likely pull over those individuals for some sort of traffic violation or suspicious driving movements, such as weaving, crossing the center line or extremely slow driving. While you are still in your vehicle, an officer will look for visible signs of intoxication based on how […]

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