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Tag Archives: misdemeanor

What Must a Prosecutor Prove in a Resisting Arrest Case?

The crime of resisting arrest occurs when a person interferes with a police offer’s attempt to perform a lawful arrest. In Pennsylvania, it is a misdemeanor of the second degree (up to two years imprisonment, fine of up to $5,000.). To convict a person for resisting arrest, prosecutors must prove the following elements beyond a […]

The Consequences of Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Recently, around 3:00 in the afternoon, a taxi struck a Temple University student who was crossing a Philadelphia street. The vehicle left the scene, leaving her unconscious in the road. She was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. Surveillance cameras in the area caught the collision on film, and police are now seeking the […]

Qualifying for the Berks County DUI Alternative to Jail

A new father celebrating the birth of his son with a few beers gets arrested for a DUI (driving under the influence). Will he have to spend the first days of his new son’s life in a county jail? Berks County has an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program for DUI. This program is an alternative […]

A Big Difference: Drug Charges in Pennsylvania

If it seems like arrest on criminal charges is more common than it used to be — it is. A 2011 study found roughly 30 percent, almost one-third of Americans, are arrested on charges by age 23 — not including minor traffic violations.  The figure marks a big difference from a similar 1965 study that […]

Penalties for Pennsylvania Drug Charges

High demand and distribution of illicit drugs continues to be a serious issue for Pennsylvanians.  According to the PA Attorney General, illegal drugs are the number one threat to public safety in Pennsylvania. While cocaine, heroin, and marijuana pose serious threats, manufactured drugs like methamphetamine and club drugs are also readily available in our state.  […]

Where to Turn

Facing serious criminal charges. Being arrested is frightening—and conviction on criminal charges can affect your freedom and your future. Knowing what to do when arrested is essential, and can affect the long-term outcome of your case. If facing criminal charges, most people know to contact an attorney at once.  A good attorney works closely with […]


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