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Pennsylvania colleges have a high amount of reported crime

Criminal defense rights are important to all individuals who have been accused of a crime. A total of 1,701 crimes were reported by Pennsylvania colleges during 2015 which is one of the highest numbers of crimes reported on a college campus anywhere in the nation. The data is provided by the Department of Education's Campus Safety and Security survey. The survey tracks a wide range of reported criminal offenses including serious criminal offenses such as rape, burglary, assault and murder. When adjusted for the number of students in the state, Pennsylvania falls on the list.

Avoiding common Pennsylvanian criminal defense mistakes

It is important for individuals accused of crimes to understand their criminal defense rights and their importance. Because police and prosecutors make investigatory and charging decisions, it is important to understand criminal defense rights related to criminal charges and interactions with police and prosecutors. Certain pitfalls can affect an accused individual's case, and it is helpful to be familiar with what they are and avoid them.

What is a plea bargain?

If you are facing criminal charges, you may wonder what your options are. There are criminal defense options, as well as the option of a plea bargain which may be possible depending on the circumstances. It is useful for those facing criminal charges to understand what plea bargaining is and what it entails. There are three areas of negotiation involved in plea bargaining and plea bargains may be different types.

State College crime statistics for arts festival released

Summer is a busy time of year with many activities to attend. Crime statistics from the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts were recently released. According to State College police, reported criminal activity during the festival was normal to below usual. Police reported there were 69 non traffic-related incidents throughout the weekend in the area State College police cover. Underage drinking topped the list of most reported incidents with a total of 20 reports of underage drinking.

How can I get my case dropped?

If you are suspected of a crime, or if you are arrested, there are certain laws and protections in place to assure that your rights have not been violated when it comes to the process of your arrest and arraignment. In fact, you even have constitutional rights to protect you. Here are a few examples.

Preliminary hearings continue in frat house death

The tragic story of a 19-year-old fraternity hopeful at Penn State who was hazed to death on February 3, 2017, obtained national headlines. As details emerged, it became apparent that frat members possibly played a significant role in what ultimately led to the young man's death. The extreme hazing left the man with not only severe alcohol poisoning, but substantial injuries following multiple falls, including a fall down a flight of stairs.

New Jersey men hit with multiple criminal charges

Following two altercations at a State College residence, a 21-year-old man from Long Branch, New Jersey, has been charged with felony burglary and criminal trespass, as well as misdemeanor simple assault, criminal mischief - damage to property and recklessly endangering another person. His friend, a resident of Ocean, New Jersey, was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief - damage to property.

Eight students facing manslaughter charges in death at frat house

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.

A brief introduction to the plea negotiation process

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.

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