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December 2017 Archives

Pennsylvania DAs want to increase opioid sentences

In light of increased local and national concern over deaths caused by opioids and fentanyl, in particular, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association is pushing the state's Sentencing Commission for harsher guidelines for opioid offenses. The PDAA urged the changes less than two months after a kilogram of fentanyl was seized in Montgomery County. According to the PDAA president's testimony before the commission, this amount is enough to kill almost half a million people.

3 things you should know about underage drinking in Pennsylvania

College freshmen often consider parties to be the highlight of school. Indeed, for those just getting acquainted with collegiate life, it may seem like no big deal to partake in alcohol when all your peers are drinking. As many underage individuals learn every year, though, there are consequences to alcohol consumption, and the legal ramifications should not be taken lightly.

PSU admonition over drug offenses could trickle down to students

A grand jury investigating the death of an underage fraternity pledge, who died after a night of forced drinking, lambasted Penn State University and its administration. The report blames the university for turning a blind eye to a litany of incidents at the school and in its fraternity system. Citing the school's "shocking apathy" toward underage and excessive alcohol consumption, drug use, and even assaults, the report calls on Penn State to do more to prevent such behavior.

Is spousal support available in Pennsylvania?

Divorce can be a stressful experience, especially when it could result in a financial disparity between the parties involved. For example, a stay-at-home parent who has never worked outside the home would be in a far more precarious financial position than the family's sole breadwinner. Such circumstances are often present in high-asset divorces. Spousal support can help alleviate these types of economic imbalances that divorce can create.

Your rights when arrested for a drug crime in a traffic stop

Simply being pulled over by a police officer can be a daunting experience. A search and seizure that results in an arrest for a drug crime is even more frightening. In spite of the stress involved in the experience, if a person is arrested during a traffic stop, it is important to try and remain calm, be polite and pay attention to what is being said and done. Everyone has certain legal rights and everything the officer does must be done properly.

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