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Proposed Tougher Laws for Repeat DUI Offenders Goes to State House of Representatives

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,… Read more »

Can I Be Charged in Pennsylvania for Drugs in the Car if I am a Passenger?

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?

Avoid Alcohol-Related Criminal Charges on St. Patrick’s Day

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… Read more »

Four Reasons You Should Not Face Criminal Charges Without a Defense Attorney

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… Read more »

Can I Lose My Gun Rights if I Am Arrested in Pennsylvania?

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… Read more »

Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in Pennsylvania

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,… Read more »

Are You Hosting a Holiday Party and Serving Alcohol?

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… Read more »

What Do I Do If I Was Wrongly Accused of Date Rape?

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… Read more »

Are More College Students Using Marijuana?

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… Read more »

Can I Be Charged With Rape And Kidnapping In Pennsylvania?

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… Read more »