Pennsylvania Senators have approved a bill that will toughen DUI penalties for repeat offenders with overwhelming support. The final passage (reconsidered) of SB 961 received 45 votes in favor of the bill with only four nays and one no vote. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. If the bill passes, the potential penalties for repeat DUI offenders in Pennsylvania will become significantly more severe.
You are riding with a friend who is pulled over for a traffic stop. The police officers search the vehicle and find drugs under the back seat. You are charged with possession of drugs and arrested, even though you had no idea your friend had drugs in the vehicle. What should you do?
St. Patrick’s Day 2018 is on Saturday, which means a lot of people will not need to worry about getting up to go to work the day after St. Patrick’s Day. Therefore, many people in Erie and Edinboro will be celebrating the holiday with alcohol. Sadly, some people will face serious criminal charges on Monday because they celebrated a bit too much over the holiday weekend. Below are several of the alcohol-related criminal charges that you could be facing if you are not cautious this weekend.
There are many reasons why you should consult with an attorney who practices criminal defense. Some of the reasons may be obvious, but there are some reasons that many people do not consider. Below are four of the reasons why we urge you to contact our law firm to speak with an attorney. You deserve to have someone with legal experience protecting your legal rights. The state has a legal professional to represent its interests; you deserve the same.
Many people fear that they will lose their guns if they are arrested in Pennsylvania. Committing some crimes in Pennsylvania can result in losing your gun rights. Therefore, securing an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Erie as quickly as possible is important. Your attorney can fight to have the charges dismissed or reduced to a lower charge that may not impact your gun rights. We urge you to call (800) 401-2066 immediately to speak with our Erie criminal defense attorney. Exercise all your constitutional rights by refusing to answer questions without an attorney.
When you think about the consequences of a criminal conviction, you probably think about jail, fines, loss of driving privileges, probation, alcohol or drug programs, community service, and ignition interlock devices. If so, you are correct. These punishments are just a few of the potential consequences of being convicted of a crime in Pennsylvania. However, these are not the only consequences of a criminal conviction.
Many of the consequences of a conviction are not imposed by the court. Some consequences are simply collateral consequences that result from being convicted of a crime. Unfortunately, some of these consequences can impact your life for a long time.
The holidays are a wonderful time of year for parties and get-togethers. However, the number of DUI accidents and DUI charges increase over the holidays. According to Scram Systems, fifty-one (51) percent of drunk drivers admit to drinking more during the holidays. In addition, sixteen (16) percent of adults say they drink too much during the holiday season, and fifty (50) percent admit that alcohol plays a significant role in family holiday gatherings.
If you are hosting a holiday party this year, it is important that you take steps to try to prevent your guests from drinking and driving. Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming too much alcohol places everyone in danger and puts your guests at risk for a costly DUI conviction.
Date rape is a problem on many college campuses throughout Pennsylvania and the United States. It is a crime that must and should be aggressively prosecuted and punished. No one should be forced to have sexual relations or have sexual encounters when they are impaired by drugs or alcohol.
With that said, you can be falsely accused of date rape. A person becomes angry at another person for ending a relationship or refusing romantic advances claims to be sexually assaulted as revenge. In some cases, a person could be sexually assaulted but name the wrong person because the victim was impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the assault.
Whatever the reason for the false accusation, it is crucial that the person accused seek immediate legal advice from an experienced Edinboro criminal defense attorney.
A recent article published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) suggests that college students are at a higher risk for marijuana use than non-college students. According to the article, analysis of data from a national survey reveals that young adults who attend college are at a significantly higher risk of marijuana use compared to young adults who are not enrolled in college.
What Does the Study Show?
The research was funded by the NIDA and conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan. Scientists analyzed survey data from an annual report from Monitoring the Future. Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study that examines the values, attitudes, and behaviors of college students and young adults.
The simple answer to this question is “Yes, you can be charged with rape AND kidnapping in Pennsylvania.” The facts and circumstances of the case determine whether the prosecution will add the charge of kidnapping to the list of criminal charges associated with sexual assault.
In many cases of sexual assault, the prosecution adds a charge of kidnapping because the victim was unlawfully confined for a “substantial period in a place of isolation” with the intent of committing a felony, conflict bodily harm, or terrorize the victim. Rape and other sexual assaults meet the definition of inflicting bodily harm and/or committing a felony.