Blog Posts in 2012

  • A Compressor Station in your Backyard?

    || 4-Dec-2012

    Natural Gas News: A Compressor Station in your Backyard? The recent natural gas boom in Northeastern Pennsylvania has created large amounts of wealth, construction, and concerns for many local residents. Many homeowners and local governments are uneasy and unsure about what they can do to prevent drilling companies from encroaching on their land and putting them at risk. As citizens and local ...
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  • Disorderly Conduct

    || 30-Nov-2012

    Are you afraid that having a Disorderly Conduct on your record will prevent you from getting into college, getting a good job, or even get you fired? These are all legitimate concerns! Don't risk losing what you have earned because the police gave you a citation for Disorderly Conduct. At ROGAN LAW, we can help ensure your legal rights are protected and you get the defense you deserve! In ...
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  • Defend Your Rights against an Underage Drinking Offense

    || 30-Nov-2012

    As much as tailgating, parties, and studying are a part of college life; so is the risk of being charged with an underage drinking offense. Many high school and college students are charged with underage drinking offenses for merely being present at a party with friends and classmates. Although the drinking age is 21 in the United States, you should not feel helpless and isolated to enjoy your ...
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  • Township Ordinance Fails to Prevent Compressor Station Operating in Residential Area New Century Pipeline (New Century) appealed a ruling from a Common Pleas judge stating that the Township of Bradford's ordinance banning a compressor station in a residential area. The natural gas company, New Century, argued that Bradford's ordinance was unlawful because a compressor station was ...
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  • Chemical Company's Negligence Leads to Meningitis Outbreak A New England chemical manufacturing company which produced medicine used in "steroid" injections on patients suffering from spinal injury has caused a nationwide meningitis outbreak due to their negligence. The company was injecting patients with a chemical mixture which contained a rare form of "fungal ...
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  • Lying on the Stand

    || 20-Jul-2012

    What should a lawyer do when their client might lie under oath? When faced with the dilemma of "knowing" his client intends to commit perjury as a witness during a trial, an attorney must choose between his duty as a zealous advocate for his client and his duty as an officer to the court and justice system. This is not an easy decision. A lawyer should take several preemptive steps to ...
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  • Methane Leak in Bradford County - Natural Gas Drilling

    || 13-Jul-2012

    Methane may have leaked into drinking water in Bradford County! According to the Scranton Times-Tribune, the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released a letter stating that the methane gas likley leaked out of a drilling station. Local streams and drinking wells were reportedly bubbling from gas that had leaked into the water. If you are concerned that you may be at ...
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  • Hydrochloric Acid Spill - Marcellus Shale

    || 13-Jul-2012

    4700 gallons of hydrochloric acid spilled out a drilling site last week about 80 miles northeast of Scranton! According to the Timesleader.com, the spill happened on July 4th. There are currently no reports of contamination of the local waterways, but DEP and local clean-up crews plan to sample the local drinking water on Tuesday. If you are concerned that your drinking water and local lakes and ...
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  • How Can I Get My Criminal Record Expunged?

    || 6-Jul-2012

    How can I get my criminal record expunged? Did you get an underage drinking offense? Want to get your DUI expunged from your record? Is a prior misdemeanor charge holding you back from getting hired by employers? In general, a criminal history record (criminal record) can be expunged when: 1. a person reaches 70 years old and hasn't had any criminal problems in 10 years; or 2. a person has ...
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  • Are you facing federal criminal charges? Is your freedom at stake? Federal crimes and sentences often carry very long and stiff penalties upon conviction or rendering of guilty plea. To ensure your rights are being protected you must first understand federal laws and guidelines. In dealing with sentencing issues in federal court for " sex crimes " and " child pornography " ...
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  • Obamacare Upheld!

    || 29-Jun-2012

    CNN.com reports that the heavily disputed Affordable Care Act " Obamacare " has been declared valid by the United States Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision. The deciding vote was cast by Chief Justice John Roberts, who has typically sided with the politically conservative members of the Supreme Court during his tenure as Chief Justice over the past seven years. The landmark case sets the ...
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  • What Makes a Law Unconstitutional?

    || 22-Jun-2012

    Under the Pennsylvania Constitution and subsequent case law, a law is unconstitutional if it is too vague or unclear to inform an ordinary citizen as to what conduct is prohibited under the law. Every year, laws are challenged throughout the United States and normal citizens are convicted of crimes which they didn't even know they were committing! This is an alarming trend. The more you know ...
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  • Closing Arguments in Federal Criminal Case

    || 22-Jun-2012

    How should a lawyer do a closing argument? Does the order of closing arguments matter? In a criminal case in the Federal Court System, Middle District of Pennsylvania, the order of closing arguments goes as follows: 1. Prosecution (Government) 2. Defense Attorney 3. Prosecution (usually a brief rebuttal) The challenge for any defense attorney to persuade a jury is more difficult because of the ...
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  • Right to a Speedy Trial

    || 13-Jun-2012

    The United States Constitution guarantees that all criminal defendants have a right to a speedy and public trial. Rule 600 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure generally requires that the Commonwealth bring a criminal defendant to trial within 365 days of the filing of the criminal complaint. Delay caused as a result of the defendant filing motions to continue or delay any portion of ...
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  • Scott Twp. Theft

    || 8-Jun-2012

    Are you facing theft charges in Lackawanna County? Call ROGAN LAW today to fight for your legal rights! Theft is the unlawful taking of another person's property with the intent to deprive the use of that property by it's rightful owner. Theft is one of the highest invasions of property rights behind burglary. In many cases, someone you know and trust can steal your property without ...
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