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Could Cooperating With the Federal Government Really Help Your Case?

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Accused of a federal crime? If there is a larger piece to this crime that you have information about, you may be able to use this as leverage for a reduced sentence. However, there is more to consider than you may think when it comes to cooperating with police. For example, do you know what […]

Court Hears Testimony of Juvenile Mass Murderer to Determine if He Should be Tried as an Adult

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In the aftermath of the horrific mass killing spree at Parkland High School, American’s are facing a slew of questions, including how to prevent more child murders by juvenile mass shooters.  The Florida shooting happened while South Carolina has already been in the midst of dealing with its own school shooting.   On September 28, […]

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Legal Immigration + Legal Marijuana = Illegal Activity?

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services maintains broad authority to limit entry of foreigners into the United States, possessing full licence and a strong might to bar migrants entry into the country if the foreign citizen has committed a recognized crime–including infractions or petty misdemeanors as miniscule as a one-time speeding ticket, public intoxication, or failing […]

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New Jersey Drunk Droning Added to Current Regulations

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Bring the drone, leave the beer, and don’t even think about droning over that national park or high school football game. Droning regulation is growing and the 41st state to join in the strengthening of Unmanned Aircraft State Laws, New Jersey, is now the first state to also ban drunk droning. Perhaps this isn’t such […]

Kentucky Senate On Board to Strengthen Protective Measures in Case of School Shooting

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There have already been eleven school shootings this year in 2018, and it isn’t even February yet.  Sadly, the public has become used to hearing about tragic incidents like this, and so today we have a juvenile in custody charged with two counts of murder and twelve counts of first-degree assault along with another town, […]

Not Guilty Plea Request Denied by Attorney, Death Row Inmate Fights Back

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In Bossier City, Louisiana, a man that has maintained a claim of innocence has been put on death row for shooting and killing his mother, stepfather, and son of his separated wife in 2008.  The thing is, ever since he was detained and put on trial, Robert McCoy maintained that he is innocent and that […]

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What are the Colorado Marijuana Laws and DUI Penalties?

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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 pulled over while under its effects? According to a year-long measurement by the Colorado State Patrol, […]

What Traffic Law Violations Cause Wrecks?

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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 collision. Police enforce traffic laws rigorously, and if a violation results in an accident, the driver […]

Can you get a “DUI” if you are sleeping off the effects of alcohol in your car?

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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 level of 0.18 was guilty […]

Can you be guilty of “driving under the influence” without actually driving?

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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 “Driving Under the Influence,” you can actually commit the crime without doing any […]

Can you be guilty of "driving under the influence" without actually driving?

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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 “Driving Under the Influence,” you can actually commit the crime without doing any […]

Can the police ever search without a warrant?

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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 pursuit of a criminal or when they see illegal evidence in plain […]

Can the police break a door down and enter the house to arrest a person?

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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 a reasonable amount of time to come to the door before the […]

Can persons sentenced to life imprisonment be eligible for parole?

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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 directly from the Governor. While sentences short of life imprisonment are subject to parole, prisoners are not eligible […]

Can driving violations from out-of-state be reported to your home state?

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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 have signed the Compact, including Pennsylvania. The 11 states that have not signed are Alaska, Georgia, […]

BAIL: Getting out of Jail

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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 until your arraignment in court when your lawyer can ask the […]

Are thermal detection devices used by law enforcement an invasion of privacy?

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When a confidential informant advised Pennsylvania law enforcers that a suspected drug dealer was growing large quantities of marijuana in his home using artificial lights, a drug task force used a thermal detection device to confirm the report. The device, called a WASP, distinguishes appreciable and noticeable amounts of heat. Using the device, the task […]