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.
Shoplifting occurs when someone takes items from a store without paying for them. These items may be concealed in a bag, in pockets, or under the person’s clothing. It can happen in any retail store by career thieves or first-time offenders. Perpetrators are often identified by security cameras or store personnel who may search bags and verify receipts. Many stores have store personnel who spend their entire time on the store floor watching for shoplifters.
Shoplifting is a serious charge, and it can have serious consequences for your future. One of the first concerns for someone caught stealing from a store is if they will have to go to jail. This is completely understandable. If you are charged with shoplifting, we urge you to contact our office to speak with an Edinboro criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
In order to pull you over and investigate a potential incident of driving under the influence, a police officer must have probable cause that you have violated the law or are in the process of violating the law. Probable cause refers to reliable information existing to support a reasonable belief that someone has committed a crime. It often doesn’t take much for a police officer to show a probable cause for a DUI. You should certainly be interested in your rights if you have recently been arrested for a DUI, because a police officer who has crossed the line may mean that your charges are thrown out. This is only the case, though, if the police officer violated your rights. In order to pull you over, the officer must have probable cause.
Charged With a Felony or Misdemeanor?
Being accused of any crime in Pennsylvania can be unnerving and a conviction could lead to serious ramifications. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony, it is imperative that you hold off from making any statements to or agreements with the police until you have had a chance to consult with your Erie criminal defense attorney.
While most people are already familiar with the concept that felony charges are more serious than misdemeanors, the definitions of these can differ from one state to another. Crimes in Pennsylvania are divided into four categories: felonies, misdemeanor, summary offenses and homicide. Maximum penalties apply based on the type of crime that you have been charged with.
- First degree felonies carry up to 20 years and $25,000 in fines.
- Second degree felonies can carry a penalty of up to 10 years and $25,000 in fines.
- Third degree felonies can lead to 7 years in jail and a $15,000 fine.
- First degree misdemeanors have a maximum sentence of 5 years and $10,000 in fines.
- Second degree misdemeanors can carry up to 2 years and a $5,000 fine.
- Third degree misdemeanors can be linked to one year and $2,500 in fines.
A summary offense will typically carry a maximum penalty of 90 days in county jail as well as a $300 fine. Regardless of the type of crime that you have been charged with, it is always a good idea to consult with a knowledgeable Erie criminal defense attorney immediately.
Get Your Free Consultation From A Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Attorney Today
Small missteps in the early parts of your case can lead to big problems down the line. An experienced defense attorney can help explain your rights and help you figure out what to expect next. Do not hesitate to consult with a knowledgeable Erie criminal defense attorney as soon as you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony in Pennsylvania.
Talk to An Attorney Before Giving Any Statements
The police might try to tell you that you have a better chance of avoiding serious penalties if you speak with them and cooperate with their questions, but you could actually end up hurting your case – remember that anything you say can (and probably will) be used against you. That’s why it’s recommended that you consult with an experienced attorney as soon as you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, as your free case evaluation is completely confidential.