Recent Posts in Legal Rights Category

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Eynon Bank Robbed

    || 5-Jan-2013

    Robbery is the taking of another's property by use of force or intimidation and is a very serious and troubling crime. Victims of robbery are frightened by the severe invasion of their personal well-being and also are deprived of their valuable property or money. Banks are a common target because they hold large quantities of money and are easily accessible to the public. The Scranton ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Wilkes-Barre Man Steals Oven From Church

    || 8-Jun-2012

    Thief Returns Oven to Rightful Owner! Is it a theft if you return the item? Theft is the unlawful taking of another person's property, without permission, and with the intent to deprive the owner permanently of the use of their own property. Theft is a property crime. Many business and organizations are targeted by thieves because of their large amount of valuable items and lack of security. ...
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  • Teen Charged in Armed Robbery in Wilkes-Barre

    || 30-May-2012

    Robbery is the taking of another's property by use of force or intimidation and is a very serious and troubling crime. Victims of robbery are often frightened and rattled by the severe invasion of their personal well-being as well as the deprivation of their valuable property. Victims of home invasion have their personal security stripped away and must re-live the fear each day within their ...
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  • Edwardsville Sunoco Robbed

    || 26-Apr-2012

    Teenagers can stray down the wrong path both quickly and without a good understanding of the seriousness of their behavior. The reckless nature of misguided or wild teens often ends with trouble with police and prison. Society, schools, and religious organizations all try to steer teens in the right direction but all too frequently are left with the gut-wrenching realization that their efforts ...
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  • 9 People Arrested in Pittston Drug Ring

    || 19-Apr-2012

    Are you facing federal drug charges ? Call ROGAN LAW Drug charges are some of the most common criminal charges filed by police in Pennsylvania and across the country. Suspects are often charged not only with possession of the substance, but are also charged with the more serious offense of intent to deliver a controlled substance. According to Pennsylvania criminal law statutes, in order to ...
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  • PNC Bank in Hazle Township Robbed

    || 16-Apr-2012

    Robbery is the taking of another's property by use of force or intimidation and is a very serious and troubling crime. Victims of robbery are often frightened and rattled by the severe invasion of their personal well being as well as the deprivation of their valuable property. Banks are historically a very common target due to the nature of a bank holding large quantities of money. Banks have ...
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  • Stabbing, shooting, punching. or any type of offensive contact inflicted upon another person will land the aggressor in serious legal trouble. Assault is the knowing or intentional infliction of bodily harm upon another. Aggravated assault is more serious than simple assault and usually involves some object used as a weapon and/or intent to cause serious bodily injury to the victim. The object ...
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