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How is the property division handled in a divorce?

When State College couples marry, they usually share a household and own assets and property in common. If the couple later divorces, they must divide this property between the two of them. In some cases, the couple can agree on who gets what. In other cases, the couple can agree to use mediation to help them divide their property. And in many more cases, the couple is not able to agree and a family law court must do the property division.

A quick guide to DUI laws for Pennsylvania college students

As a college student, chances are you have consumed alcohol at parties. Even when you are over 21 and out with your friends, it is important to be responsible and avoid driving under the influence (DUI). Penn State is holding a mock DUI scenario on April 4 to remind students about the consequences of drunk driving. Apart from devastating injuries and fatalities, a DUI can result in severe fines, jail sentences and other repercussions. Learn about the penalties for drunk driving in Pennsylvania.

Drugs use common, and so, too, are drug charges

Drug use has taken a terrible toll on communities across the Keystone State. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose from heroin and other opioids is now the number one cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania. More than 3,200 people died from drug overdoses in this state in 2015. That represents an increase of over 20 percent from 2014. Many more people are struggling with the impact of drug addiction every day.

How drug court may help those facing drug charges

Over the past several years, there has been a trend away from treating the commission of minor drug offenses as a criminal matter and toward treating it as a health concern. Many drug users would like to get help with breaking the cycle of addiction, but they may not know where to turn for such assistance. Has this trend been reflected in Pennsylvania law and policy?

Those accused of DWI in State College should move quickly

Lots of fine, upstanding citizens find themselves facing DWI charges. A month ago we talked about the Super Bowl and how many individuals attending parties are arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. With March Madness coming up and summer not far behind, police will likely be upping their patrols, meaning more folks may find themselves accused of DWI.

What is considered sexual assault?

Any form of unwanted sexual contact can be considered sexual assault. This is also applicable for a victim who is coerced or forced into unwanted sexual contact and victims who are incapacitated such as drunk or under the influence of drugs such as the date rape pill. It is also applicable to anyone who is unable to mentally comprehend the nature of sex acts, such as the mentally disabled. Generally speaking, sexual assault is the umbrella term for various acts if sexual misconduct such as unwanted touching or groping, to rape.

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