PA Declares Heroin & Opioid Addiction an Emergency Disaster

Across the country, the abuse of substances like heroin and opioids have reached incredibly high levels, so much so that the governor of Pennsylvania recently declared a Statewide Disaster Emergency. Addiction to these substances has lead to increased levels of overdoses, deaths, and newborn drug addiction. In 2016, Pennsylvania saw 4,642 fatal drug overdoses. This […]

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Third or subsequent DUI

When an individual is charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Pennsylvania, they will face very serious consequences. Of course, like any other crime, the more offenses a person has on their record, the more severe the consequences are going to be. When an individual is charged with driving under the […]

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Understanding Gun Laws in PA

The Second Amendment states that Americans have the right to bear arms. However, this does not mean that there aren’t state laws that individuals must abide by. Compared to many other states in the northeast, Pennsylvania has relatively lenient gun laws. However, if you are in violation of the state of Pennsylvania’s Uniform Firearms Act, […]

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Drug DUI’s in Pennsylvania

When an individual is arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance in Pennsylvania, they may face serious consequences. This offense is considered a Drug DUI and is similar to an offense for driving under the influence of alcohol. If the individual undergoes a blood test and the results show that there is […]

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Classifications of Theft

In Pennsylvania, theft is a very serious crime that may result in life-altering consequences. There are many different classifications of theft because the penalties depend heavily on the value of the property that was stolen. If an individual is convicted of theft, they may be subject to jail time and fines. In addition, a conviction […]

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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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