Traffic stops in Pennsylvania are a major source of drug arrests. Criminal defense attorneys, however, are always careful to examine closely the facts of a traffic stop that ends in a drug arrest. The police must have reasonable suspicion to stop the vehicle in the first place and then they must have reasonable cause to conduct an intrusive search of the occupants and the vehicle.
Authorities in Pennsylvania regularly monitor the internet for predators seeking sexual contact with minors. The police don't have to look too far when a potential violator places explicit ads on a popular online service. If the suspect agrees to meet a purported minor for sexual contact, and arrives for a designated meeting, the individual will be arrested and in immediate need of criminal defense representation.
What motivates a man to travel from his state to another state for the purpose of prowling on someone's property? Pennsylvania authorities have arrested a 34-year-old male who resides in a nearby state for trespassing, loitering and prowling at night, along with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, regarding an incident that occurred on Dec. 22. Criminal defense counsel will begin representation as he or she does in all cases, i.e., by conducting a thorough investigation of the facts and events from all perspectives, including the defendant's.
Traffic stops in Pennsylvania are a substantial source of drug arrests and prosecutions. When the authorities question a driver stopped on an alleged traffic violation, they may observe suspicious activity that can lead to a reasonable suspicion, and then probable cause, to make an arrest for drugs. Criminal defense attorneys are adept at investigating such circumstances to determine if the police went over the bounds of constitutional propriety in their procedures.
Generally, in Pennsylvania constables are used to serve court papers and engage in other miscellaneous law enforcement activities. A constable is elected to office but must become state certified prior to engaging in the full realm of authorized activities. Like anyone else, constables will have to retain a criminal defense attorney and defend any criminal charges brought against them.
What happens to the criminal justice system when it is the prosecutor himself who is arrested and charged with crime? This is the question being pondered in Mercer County where District Attorney Miles Karson has been charged with 17 misdemeanor crimes by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office. To be sure, even a prosecutor must obtain counsel and present a criminal defense to the charges just like anyone else in that situation.
Arrests for marijuana possession in Pennsylvania were up by 33 percent between 2010 and 2016, according to a report issued by the American Civil Liberties Union. The law enforcement trend in the state disproportionately targeted African-Americans, who are now eight times more likely to be arrested for possession than whites, even though usage of the drug is similar among persons of different races. The study has resulted in calls from various officials and some criminal defense attorneys for legalization of the drug.
Most people are understandably nervous about guns and ammunition after the many mass shootings that have plagued the country in the past few years. It was therefore a given that a college student who is accused of displaying a gun recently inside a Pennsylvania college and saying that he was upset, would be immediately confronted by authorities and arrested on gun charges. When the police searched his truck, they say that they found 200 rounds of ammunition and a disassembled semi-automatic rifle in the vehicle. Despite the incriminating sound of the reported facts, he may nonetheless have at least a chance to present a criminal defense to one or more of the charges.
When a parent defies a family law custody order in Pennsylvania and leaves the state with the child, the parent becomes a fugitive from both federal and state charges. The federal authorities will usually act to track the fugitive parent and return him or her to the location of the original custody order. Criminal defense counsel may develop some viable defenses to the charges when the parent is returned to the Commonwealth for prosecution.
Too many drivers in Allegheny County have convictions on their driving records because of errors on two of the state's most common breathalyzer tests, the Intoxilyzer 8000.