We heard about the story in February and first believed it was simply an accident. But, this week, charges have been filed against eight members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity for involuntary manslaughter following the death of a pledger.
If you have never been wrongly accused, it can be hard to believe anyone would confess to a crime he or she did not commit. However, organizations such as the Innocence Project continue to offer solid proof that false confessions are not a rare occurrence.
As anyone who watches police procedural dramas knows, criminal cases can be resolved in a number of different ways. Sometimes they are resolved by a criminal trial in which the prosecution and criminal defense each present their cases to the judge and jury. Other times, the case is resolved when the defendant pleads guilty to one or more of the charges filed. This blog post will provide a brief introduction to the plea negotiation process.
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.
Domestic violence remains a serious issue in America. The statistics can be staggering. According to The National Domestic Violence Hotline, there are twenty four victims of rape or physical violence or stalking every minute in the United States. Almost one in every three women and 10 percent of males have experienced physical violence or rape in their life. A recent incident in College Township, Pennsylvania, reminds us that the problem is real, and that the issue is taken very seriously by authorities.
Getting pulled over and charged for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Pennsylvania is serious. If convicted, you could face criminal penalties that include license suspension, monetary penalties, mandatory use of an ignition interlock device and jail time.
A young man living in the State College area faces three misdemeanor counts of "unlawful dissemination of an intimate image" and a count of harassment, which is also potentially a misdemeanor.
You have the right to remain silent. It sounds so simple. It sounds so familiar. It is the first line of the Miranda rights which are read to people when they are arrested. It is also the primary way to help your case if you are arrested.
A criminal defense case always begins with the facts. Let's assume you are under 21 underage drinking, and you are drinking alcohol with some of your friends. Unfortunately, one of your friends has drank too much alcohol and has passed out. Or maybe there was a fight and your friend is bleeding. Please call 911, and don't worry, you will not be arrested for underage drinking as well.