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What Does the Law Say About Animal Cruelty in Pennsylvania?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Animal cruelty is now a federal offense, but two teenagers in Pennsylvania are facing state charges after they posted a video depicting them injuring a deer they had shot, but not killed. One of the defendants named in the case was age 18, and another was an unidentified 17-year-old boy. It was the 17-year-old… Read More »

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DrugArrest

The Problem with Treating Opioid Overdoses as Homicides

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

There is a troubling trend in Pennsylvania. The opioid epidemic has spiraled out of control in the commonwealth, as it has all over the country. Furthermore, the state prosecution is using the high number of deaths to prosecute these deaths as homicides when someone distributes the drugs and another person dies as a result…. Read More »

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What is Considered Endangering the Welfare of Children?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

A 39-year-old mother has been charged with endangering the welfare of children after co-sleeping with her child. The mom smoked marijuana and then went to bed with her two-month-old daughter. The bed they slept in was eight inches higher on one side than the other. Mom allegedly slept on the higher side, with her… Read More »

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CrimJustice

Need a Pardon? They’re Easier to Get From Governor Tom Wolf

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Before Governor Tom Wolf took office, it was very difficult to get a pardon in Pennsylvania. The process took four years, and few pardons were granted. After entering the office, the Governor faced an immense backlog of pardon applications. So, he initiated a new system in which more pardons would be granted, and the… Read More »

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CrimLawyer2

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Determine if Megan’s Law is Constitutional

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Pennsylvania, along with all other states comply with Megan’s Law, a federal law. Recently however, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has started hearing cases arguing that Megan’s Law is unconstitutional. The court has heard five cases in total arguing this point. Although the Justices are currently considering all arguments, it’s likely going to be a… Read More »

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Things to Know if You’ve Been Charged with Domestic Violence

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

In West Manheim Township, a mother was shot in the head and killed in the early hours of the morning while she was holding her nine-month old son. She was shot by her longtime boyfriend, who had confessed to the shooting, although he stated it was an accident. Those close to the woman said… Read More »

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When do Drug Charges Become Federal?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently a Pennsylvania woman was sentenced to 77 months to be served in a United States federal prison for selling heroin. She was first arrested in June of 2016, along with two men. She was arrested again in September of 2016, that time with another woman. The woman’s sentence came after pleading guilty to… Read More »

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Arson Charges are Complex in Pennsylvania

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

An interesting but sad story emerged out of Plumville this week. Two volunteer firefighters were accused of setting fire to a furniture store. After being taken in and questioned by police, the two also admitted to setting fire to an abandoned garage and carport in Indiana County. The story has many people in those… Read More »

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Can Police Search Your Phone Without a Warrant?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Nearly everyone today has a mobile phone they carry with them. Generally speaking, these are usually newer phones that allow you to connect to the Internet, allow you to send text messages, and use apps for daily tasks. Although smartphones today are extremely handy, they also leave a footprint of evidence that is easily… Read More »

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How to Challenge a Breath Test Result

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

You’ve been pulled over for a DUI and have just taken the breath test. The officer informs you that you have blown over 0.08, the legal alcohol limit in Pennsylvania. It’s easy at this point to start assuming the worst, and to think the prosecution will have an open-and-shut case against you. Fortunately, that’s… Read More »

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