What makes juvenile crimes so different in Pennsylvania?

In many states, juvenile crimes are treated a little differently than others are. The same goes for those in Pennsylvania. Juvenile crimes can be defined as offenses committed by children under the age of 18. In the Pennsylvania court system, offenses committed by juveniles are considered “juvenile acts,” not “crimes.” There are a few other […]

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Criminal consequences of DWI

Across Pennsylvania, many people will be attending Halloween parties and be celebrating at bars. As much fun as this is for many people, it is important to consider state laws and general public safety. There are so many options available that can allow people to avoid drinking and driving, such as Uber, Lyft, and other […]

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Assault in Pennsylvania: Simple Assault vs. Aggravated Assault

The state of Pennsylvania recognizes two categories of assault: simple assault and aggravated assault. Aggravated assault is considered the more serious of the two, while simple assault commonly results in a misdemeanor charge. Regardless of the category of assault, both can carry harsh penalties. Simple Assault Simple assault is defined as any attempt to cause, […]

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Expungement in Pennsylvania

Expungement in Pennsylvania is defined as the removal of criminal history from a person’s permanent record. When a person has their record expunged, the negative public information will no longer be visible and it would be as if that record never existed. However, all information related to an arrest and/or conviction is not completely destroyed. […]

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Kidnapping Laws in Pennsylvania

What Constitutes a Kidnapping? According to Pennsylvania law, a kidnapping can occur in two different ways.  First, a kidnapping may occur if a person is  unlawfully removed by another person a substantial distance from the place where the person is later found.  The second way in which a defendant may commit a kidnapping is if […]

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What Are Miranda Rights?

Miranda Rights In 1966, the U.S. Supreme court ruled, in the case of Miranda v. Arizona, that whenever a person is taken into custody and before he or she is questioned, they must be told of their Fifth Amendment right.  The Fifth Amendment allows an individual to avoid making any self-incriminating statements or answer any […]

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Understanding the Consequences of Dealing Drugs in Pennsylvania

Distribution of drugs is illegal in Pennsylvania.  Controlled substances include illegal drugs and narcotics such as cocaine, heroine, marijuana, methamphetamines, and so on. Possession of Drugs with Intent to Deliver. Possession with the intent to distribute drugs, also known as “PWID”, is criminal offense under the Pennsylvania Controlled Substances, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act.  PWID […]

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Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in Pennsylvania

Driving While Drugged Driving while under the influence of a drug or combination of drugs is illegal in the state of Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvania is known for their zero tolerance against drugged driving.  Any person who is suspected of driving under the influence of a Schedule I, Schedule II, or Schedule III substance may be arrested.  […]

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Voluntary vs. Involuntary Manslaughter in Pennsylvania

Two types of criminal homicide, voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, involve the unlawful death of an individual.  Generally speaking, both voluntary and involuntary manslaughter are the lesser of murder charges in Pennsylvania. Many instances of voluntary manslaughter are crimes of passion.  This means that the murder occurred as a result of something that affected the suspect’s […]

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