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Posts tagged "Criminal Defense"

Drinking and boating in Pennsylvania

The summer boating season is in full swing, and the state of Pennsylvania offers a variety of lakes that are key spots for recreation and relaxation, including Lake Erie. But the enjoyment can abruptly come to an end if your boat gets pulled over or you find yourself in an accident.

Do I have to a take a sobriety test?

Getting pulled over by the police is usually one of life’s most stressful moments. Even if it’s just for a broken taillight, seeing the flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror can still cause your adrenaline and heart rate to spike.

The hidden costs of a DUI

Everyone knows that a DUI conviction comes with fines. In Pennsylvania, even your first offense could mean you pay fines. If you already have other convictions on your record, you could pay far more.

Negotiating plea bargains as a defendant

A plea bargain is something that is quite unique to the United States court system, and in addition, it accounts for around 90 percent of all cases in criminal courts. If you are a defendant in a criminal court case, it is very important that you understand how plea bargains work so that you are empowered to make the best decision for you.

Dealing with false accusations

Being accused of a crime that you did not commit can be an extremely stressful and emotional experience. You will be going through a wide range of emotions, from the worry of the consequences you might face from something you did not do, to the anger toward the person that wrongly accused you, to the worry about what people might think of you or how they might change their opinion of you. Here is how to take action if you have been falsely accused of a crime.

What are the common challenges to breathalyzer test results?

Breathalyzer tests are frequently conducted by law enforcement officials to try and establish whether a person was over the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit permitted while driving. A Breathalyzer test is not the most accurate or reliable way to establish BAC. A blood test is. However, a Breathalyzer test is a convenient way to establish a preliminary result on the scene.

Should I settle for a plea bargain?

Plea bargains are very rare globally, but very common here in the U.S. In fact, around 90 percent of all criminal cases are settled by plea bargaining. It offers some benefits to both sides, both the prosecution and the defense. However, some people argue that the scale of justice is what really suffers.

What are punishments for drug-related crimes in Pennsylvania?

While medicinal marijuana has been legalized as a way of treating certain medical conditions in Pennsylvania, the possession of the drug for recreational use has not. Instead, it remains one of the many drugs, like meth and cocaine, that can easily land you in jail if you're caught in possession of it.

What is the law in Pennsylvania on assault?

Pennsylvania has two main categories of assault recognized in court: simple assault and aggravated assault. This blog will briefly define what these terms mean, what factual circumstances are sufficient to form these charges, and what the sentences consist of.