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  • Drug Crimes: Penalties for Buying vs. Selling

    || 20-Nov-2015

    In the state of Pennsylvania, both buying and selling drugs are criminal offenses. Aside from legal prescription use and sale, controlled dangerous substances (CDS) such as marijuana, cocaine, LSD, heroin, and prescription drugs are strictly prohibited from being possessed or sold. A charge for either of these drug crimes can carry a myriad of harsh penalties, exposing a person to the possibility ...
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  • While fracking efforts in the Marcellus Shale region have created a number of jobs for the surrounding area, the rise in drilling accidents has been an unfortunate and unintended side effect. Since 2010, more than 20 confirmed incidents have been reported of varying severity, with at least two occasions leading to lives being lost. These accidents include explosions, pipeline breaches, fires, and ...
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  • 5 of the Most Common Internet Crimes

    || 22-Jun-2015

    These days, it seems that the internet is everything. From smart phones to tablets, we access the web more often now than ever before and while it certainly has its perks, the internet is also a hotbed of crime and illegal activity. Internet crimes are no laughing matter. Often classified as federal offenses, convicted individuals can find themselves dealing with the consequences of their behavior ...
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  • Miranda rights are reminiscent of old detective shows, but they still have value in today’s day and age. First established in 1966, the Miranda warning requires police officers to inform suspects of certain facts after the arrest and before questioning takes place. Your Miranda rights include all of the following aspects: You have the right to remain silent Anything you do or say can be used ...
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  • The Effects of Being Convicted of Domestic Violence

    || 1-Apr-2015

    Domestic violence is an act that occurs between family or household members, intimate partners, or individuals who have a child together. Punished as a serious crime, those convicted of domestic violence can find themselves dealing with the consequences many years into the future. Attempts to cause bodily injury, rape, false imprisonment, or physical abuse of a child can all be considered domestic ...
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  • Deadly Weapon Enhancement

    || 14-Feb-2014

    When tempers flare and physical violence occurs, people don't always realize the ramifications of their actions. What many people may view as a simple bar fight, prosecutors may view as an assault with a deadly weapon. Pennsylvania law defines different levels of "physical attacks" in terms of simple assault and aggravated assault. However, lingering behind as assault could be the ...
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  • What is My Injury Case Worth?

    || 27-Dec-2013

    After being injured at the fault of another person, you are entitled to compensation for the damages involved. We take into account the financial, emotional and physical hardships that you may be enduring after an accident. Different types of accidents and injuries can warrant different values of compensation. The worth or value of the case will depend on a variety of different factors, including: ...
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  • Can I get a DUI for Smoking Pot?

    || 12-Dec-2013

    YES! Under Pennsylvania law, if you are driving a vehicle and if you get pulled over, then a police officer may request that you submit to a blood or urine test if he reasonably suspects you are impaired or if he has reasonable suspicion that you may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If the blood or urine test comes back positive for marijuana (any amount above 1ng/mL), then you are ...
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  • How Much is a Medical Malpractice Claim Worth in PA?

    || 11-Nov-2013

    Every medical malpractice case is different and the amount settled on varies according to the elements of the unique case. A claim may involve both economic and non-economic damages that play a part in determining how much a case may be worth. When it comes to economic damages, you may pursue compensation for all of the following: Medical expenses (past and future) Therapy costs Surgical costs ...
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  • Toyota Wins Lawsuit Involving Faulty Braking System

    || 11-Oct-2013

    Toyota Wins Major Lawsuit Involving Faulty Brake System According to CNN.com, a California jury sitting in a Superior Court in Los Angeles rejected the claim that Toyota was responsible for the death of a woman who crashed her car after the brake system failed. The wrongful death claim, brought by the family of the deceased driver, alleged that the driver tried to slow the car, but the vehicle ...
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  • A Lack of Government Transparency

    || 11-Oct-2013

    Government Transparency and the Sunshine Act Citizens from across the nation have been calling for more accountability and transparency in the functioning and decision-making process of all forms of governing bodies. As recently as this summer, former NSA employee, Eric Snowden, released a massive wave of information revealing our federal government's involvement in "spying" on ...
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  • Tragedy on Interstate 40

    || 3-Oct-2013

    Tragedy on Interstate 40 A bus full of people coming from a religious event faced the sheer horror of a malfunctioning tire and violent impact. The church group was returning from a religious conference on their way back home to North Carolina when the front tire on the bus "blew-out" and the bus crossed the median and smashed into an SUV and tractor-trailer traveling in the opposite ...
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  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Six months home confinement and eighteen months probation in a federal felony drug case. Our client was in federal court because a federal grand jury sitting in Scranton, PA had returned a two-count Indictment against him and 13 other persons alleging a felony conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute in excess of 5 ...
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  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania One year probation, a $3500.00 fine and no supervised release in a federal felony case. We achieved probation and a fine for our client in federal court after he had faced possible multiple felony charges of money laundering, defrauding the federal government and false sworn statements relating to naturalization, citizenship or registry ...
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  • Mistakes, Tragedy, and Death

    || 13-Sep-2013

    A prank. A gun. A tragedy. These are the sad words that will replay in the minds and hearts of the citizens of Longmont, Colorado. Last Friday, a prank went horribly wrong and left a young woman dead and a family and town in shock. A young woman snuck into a house to scare a friend and the friend reacted by shooting who he thought to be an intruder. The legal consequences of such a tragic event ...
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  • Miranda Rights and the Boston Bomber

    || 23-Apr-2013

    Miranda Rights and the Boston Bombings An event praising the determination, physical prowess, and athleticism of all runners throughout the world turned into a tragic and chaotic episode because of the misguided hatred of two men. The Times Leader reports that the Boston Bomber may face the death penalty for his atrocious acts. The Marathon Bombings which rocked the streets of Boston and shocked ...
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  • Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania: Conclusions

    || 5-Apr-2013

    Advisory Opinions to Municipalities Since the Robinson Township decision, municipal governments are left with countless questions and concerns regarding their local ordinances which may or may not be upheld pending the PA Supreme Court decision. ACT 13 states that a municipality can petition for an advisory opinion from the PUC to determine if their zoning ordinance complies with ACT 13. If the ...
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  • Supreme Court Tightens the Leash on Police Dogs

    || 26-Mar-2013

    The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protects our right to be free from "unreasonable searches and seizures" and requires police to obtain a warrant before conducting a search. In recent years, society has watched with tacit compliance as our civil liberties and freedom from government oversight slowly eroded to pave the way for "homeland security." Although the competing ...
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  • Should You Let a Maintenance Worker into your Home?

    || 22-Mar-2013

    Investigators Continue to Search for Home Invader Posing as Gas Worker The Timeleader.com published a photo sketch of the man that entered a woman's home in Forty-Fort posing as gas utility employee and then assaulted her inside of her home. The owner of the home harmlessly let the man into her house and then suffered an attack from the imposter maintenance man. Investigators report that the ...
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  • Legal Challenges to ACT 13 As anticipated, ACT 13 was met with immediate and severe uproar from landowners and municipalities who sought to limit and control natural gas drilling and production within their jurisdiction. Dozens of municipal governments went to the courts soon after ACT 13 was implemented on April 16, 2012. The leading case challenging the constitutionality of the broad use of ...
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  • Oscar Pistorius Saga: Murder or Mistake?

    || 26-Feb-2013

    CNN reports that prosecutors in South Africa are seeking to charge Olympic hero Oscar Pistorius with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day. Pistorius stated that he fired shots into the bathroom believing that there was an intruder inside and adamantly denies any allegation that he intended to shoot Reeva. Although the shocking and ...
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  • Gun Control and the Right to Bear Arms: Part 2

    || 19-Feb-2013

    As the debate rages on across the nation and on every TV and Facebook account; I have narrowed down the arguments of gun control measures into three distinct groups. Absolutists Minutemen Defenders Both "Absolutists" and "Minutemen" lack sound arguments or legal justification for claiming legislation aimed at expanding gun control is unconstitutional. The real debate lies ...
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  • Genesis of ACT 13 – Pennsylvania's Comprehensive Oil and Gas Law Consolidation Several years after the "Renz" well was drilled and countless municipalities fought to deny gas drilling companies on their land; the political pressure and public outcry had reached a boiling point. The Huntley, Range Resources, muddied the waters of the Oil and Gas Act and new legislation was ...
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  • Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania: The Road to ACT 13 (Part 2) Gas Law before ACT 13 Prior to the natural gas boom which began around 2005, almost all regulations relating to Oil and Gas wells fell under the umbrella of the Oil and Gas Act of 1984, Public Utilities Commission ("PUC"), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP"), and local land use ordinances. ...
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  • Gun Control and the Right to Bear Arms

    || 18-Jan-2013

    As Liberals and Conservatives continue to attack and target each others' beliefs regarding gun control, I've paused and listened to the debate to try and determine the correct tension between an individual's right to bear arms and the need for public safety. Before jumping into the legal and political analysis behind the "war for guns" or the "war against guns," it ...
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