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Pennsylvania DUI Laws Among the Most Lenient in the US

A new study by WalletHub listed Pennsylvania as one of the most lenient states in the nation in terms of strictness of driving under the influence (DUI) laws. In analyzing and comparing DUI laws across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the organization determined Pennsylvania ranks 49th out of 51. Some of the […]

Pennsylvania Officer Arrested for DUI After High BAC Test Results

In an alarming bit of irony, an officer from Pennsylvania Liquor Control Enforcement has been charged with driving under the influence after he was pulled over with an extremely high blood alcohol level. The 34-year-old officer, Michael Rutkowski of Nanticoke, was tested for alcohol  consumption after getting into a car accident when officers found that […]

Potential Legal Issues in Underage Drinking Cases

While underage drinking is, in the long run, certainly not the most serious crime that a young person can be found guilty of, it definitely has plenty of harsh penalties in the aftermath of the incident and will stay on the defendant’s record for years. The most common penalties for underage drinking include a possible […]

New Legislation Could Lead to Harsher Penalties for Pennsylvania White Collar Crime

It appears that the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee will be considering new legislation that would make penalties tougher on Pennsylvania public officials who are found guilty of white collar crime. The bill, which was written by Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks County), would expand the crimes that would require guilty public officials to forfeit their pensions. […]

PA Crimes That Can Lead to Suspension of Privileges

In many cases, a first-time offender can expect to receive a fairly lenient sentence for a misdemeanor conviction — often little more than a fine or probation. However, the conviction may lead to unanticipated consequences. Certain crimes can result in the suspension of various privileges granted under the laws of Pennsylvania, including your license to […]

Straight Shooting: Kids and Guns

Just like in the aftermath of the Amish school shooting in Lancaster County in 2006, kids and guns have been in the news a lot after the Newtown school massacre and for good reason. In 2011, minors under age 18 made up over one quarter of those arrested for illegal possession of weapons in Pennsylvania. […]

Proposed New Legislation to Reduce Penalties for Teen Sexting

While vast improvements in communication technology offer many benefits, some of these innovations lead to new types of criminal violations. Many parents do not suspect that text messaging can result in their kids facing criminal charges, but prosecutors in Pennsylvania and around the country are becoming extremely aggressive about pursuing sexting activity as child pornography. […]

What to Do if You are Falsely Accused of Child Molestation

Child molestation is an emotionally charged crime that sparks public anger and cries for justice.  The anger stems from growing public awareness of how personally devastating sexual abuse can be to children.  Reaction is often swift and decisive to keep our children safe. In many states, professionals like teachers, social workers and healthcare providers are […]

Will a DUI Conviction in Pennsylvania Affect My Insurance?

You face many serious penalties when convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in Pennsylvania — including fines, license suspension, alcohol safety school requirements, installation of an ignition interlock device, and jail time. Not surprising, right? But many people are surprised by the effect a DUI conviction can have on the cost of their car […]

What Happens if Drunk Driving Caused an Accident?

The way Pennsylvania law treats driving under the influence (DUI) is different when an accident occurred because of the infraction. By different, we mean harsher. For example, on a first offense where the blood alcohol level (BAC) is between .08 and .099 percent, the driver who was apprehended due to simple driving behaviors (such as […]


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