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A Look At Pennsylvania’s Drug Paraphernalia Laws

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, two Pennsylvanian men were charged with multiple offenses during a traffic stop. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence, and possession of a controlled substance as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. The passenger was arrested for possession of CBD and possession of drug paraphernalia. The laws regarding drugs in the… Read More »

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What Are The Arson Laws In Pennsylvania?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, a Bethlehem man was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for killing a woman and her son. The woman was 97 years old and the man convicted of killing her, Drew Rose, intended to rob her for rent money before setting her home on fire. The sentence the man… Read More »

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What To Know If You Have Been Charged With A Summary Offense

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, a man was arrested on charges of domestic violence at a self-storage facility in Evans City. Inside a storage unit was a man and a woman that was bruised and had red marks on her neck. The couple had been living inside the unit and the woman claimed the man had strangled her… Read More »

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Understanding The Crime Of Perjury In Pennsylvania

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, a grand jury decided that three former homicide detectives from Philadelphia should face criminal charges of perjury for their testimony in the 2016 retrial of the man charged with homicide. Grand juries are only used in federal cases, in which perjury is not an uncommon charge. Many people do not realize that many… Read More »

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FAQs About Megan’s Law

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, a Lock Haven man was charged and now faces up to 34 years in prison for posing as a 19-year-old to meet younger girls. The man, who is 26 years old, started an online relationship with a 16-year-old and asked her to send him sexually explicit photos before arranging to meet her in… Read More »

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Is Abandonment A Defense To Burglary?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, a man pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary after it was found that he  broke into an empty home. After the act, law enforcement found the man at a motel and in his luggage were the stolen clothing, checkbooks, and jewelry. The story is an interesting one because the home was not occupied at… Read More »

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There Are Defenses To Fleeing A Police Officer

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, Pennsylvania State Police announced they have found the vehicle an 18-year-old allegedly used to hit a trooper in Lancaster County days before. The police stopped the vehicle for a traffic infraction and the passenger inside the vehicle moved into the driver’s seat and fled the scene. The suspect is still at large and… Read More »

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Stalker

Four Common Questions About Stalking In Pennsylvania

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Police in the Philadelphia area have been searching for a man wanted in three sexual assaults over the past week. Recently, a woman told news outlets she had been stalked by someone and after seeing the footage released, she knew it was the same man. The story has people in Philadelphia and the surrounding… Read More »

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Can You Use Self-Defense In Pennsylvania?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, a man was found not guilty of criminal homicide. The man was involved in a marijuana deal that ended in gunfire and one person dead. The man faced charges of criminal homicide and several counts of attempted criminal homicide. During trial, his lawyer argued that the prosecution did not fully prove their case… Read More »

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As DUIs Decrease, Here Are Three Things You Need To Know About The Law

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

When the pandemic first began in early 2020, it was thought there may be fewer car accidents in total, and even fewer drunk drivers. According to a recent announcement from the Pennsylvania State Police, that prediction turned out to be true. In their statement, law enforcement said they made 18,412 DUI arrests in 2020,… Read More »

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