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What are the Colorado Marijuana Laws and DUI Penalties?

In 2012, Colorado successfully passed a popular initiative to amend the Constitution of the State of Colorado, outlining a statewide drug policy for cannabis. How do the Colorado marijuana laws effect DUIs, and what are the penalties for being…
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What Traffic Law Violations Cause Wrecks?

Vehicle safety regulations exist largely to minimize the number of auto accidents and improve the efficiency at which traffic moves. Disobeying a traffic law can often put other vehicle occupants and pedestrians at risk for injury in a traffic…
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Can you get a “DUI” if you are sleeping off the effects of alcohol in your car?

If you have had too much to drink and do not want to drive your car, do not sleep off the effects of the alcohol in your car. The Illinois Supreme Court has found that a man who was sleeping in his car with the car running and a blood-alcohol…
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Can you be guilty of "driving under the influence" without actually driving?

It is safe to assume that most Pennsylvania drivers realize that it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol. But some of the details and workings of the Pennsylvania statute may surprise you. For example, while the crime is called…
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Can you be guilty of "driving under the influence" without actually driving?

It is safe to assume that most Pennsylvania drivers realize that it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol. But some of the details and workings of the Pennsylvania statute may surprise you. For example, while the crime is called…
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Can the police ever search without a warrant?

There are numerous circumstances under which a search may lawfully be made without a warrant. The search can be conducted without a warrant if the safety of the police officer is involved. It may also depend on whether the police are in hot…
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Can the police break a door down and enter the house to arrest a person?

Laws related to this area are known as Knock and Announce rules. The general rule is that the police officers must announce their authority and purpose in executing a search warrant. Implied in this general rule is that a suspect should be given…
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Can persons sentenced to life imprisonment be eligible for parole?

In Pennsylvania, persons convicted of premeditated murder must be sentenced to life imprisonment or death. Once sentenced to life imprisonment, they are not eligible for parole, but must serve the entire life sentence unless they secure commutation…
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Can driving violations from out-of-state be reported to your home state?

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a member of the Driver License Compact. The Compact is an agreement among some of the states of the United States to engage in mutual enforcement of penalties for serious driving violations. Thirty-nine states…
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BAIL: Getting out of Jail

Most people want nothing more than to stay out of Jail. Once arrested, the law requires that the prosecution file charges and bring you to court within 48 hours of your arrest. So, you have two options. You can immediately bail out, or wait…