Medical marijuana use has been legal in Pennsylvania for more than a year now. Police and criminal defense lawyers say that it's high time DUI laws in the state reflect the changes in authorized marijuana use. Some users are unaware of how severely the drug can impact their motor skills and need to be reminded not to operate a vehicle after having used pot.
Prior to 2019, it was possible to lose your license for a plethora of reasons unrelated to driving. Carrying alcohol while underage? You could lose your license. Did you purchase cigarettes when you were still 17? You could have lost your license, too.
When you're faced with a DUI, the best thing that can happen is for the charges to be dropped. This happens more often than you may believe.
Most people know that there is no excuse for getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated, but that doesn't mean that they won't do it.
Being a suspect in a bank robbery is frightening and potentially life-changing. Those accused in Pennsylvania need to mount an aggressive criminal defense to fight the charges. Two women recently arrested for robbery, among other charges, will have to do just that. The 29 and 42-year-old women were arrested in connection with allegedly robbing a bank of more than $35,000 in 2018.
Having a criminal record when being accused of another crime may make fighting the charges more difficult. It may be the primary reason for seeking legal advice. A 40-year-old Pennsylvania man, who was convicted as a teen of voluntary manslaughter in the death of a police officer, is now facing drug and gun charges, and he will need to mount an aggressive criminal defense to fight the charges.
Two teenagers are facing charges in connection with the recent death of a 38-year-old woman. The Pennsylvanians, aged 17 and 18, will each need to mount an aggressive criminal defense against the charges, which could potentially change the course of each of their lives. The 18-year-old has been charged with second and third-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy; the other teen is charged with robbery and conspiracy.
Sometimes when people lose their tempers, things can get physical. Even well-meaning individuals can get carried away in certain volatile situations as may have been the case with two Pennsylvania women this past Thanksgiving Day. However, the husband of the younger woman will need to mount an aggressive criminal defense to fight drug-related charges against him, although those charges are not directly related to the incident for which police were called.
It's not only illegal to possess illicit drugs, but it's also illegal to possess the accouterments of drugs -- namely, drug paraphernalia. If law enforcement officials find that you're in possession of items used to take, manufacture, sell, measure, package, conceal or weigh illegal drugs, for example, you could be charged with a crime.
The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the presumption of innocence for those accused of crimes until -- and only if -- they are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. In Pennsylvania, two individuals are likely looking into their options for criminal defense as each now stands charged with murder, along with several other charges. The defendants are an adult man and teenage girl.