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What is the "plain-view doctrine" in Pennsylvania?

The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects citizens of Pennsylvania from unlawful searches and seizures. Fourth Amendment protections are a foundation of criminal defense in the Keystone State and across the country. Understanding exactly what the Fourth Amendment protects, and what it does not protect, is something that all citizens should make a point of learning. For example, if a search warrant or an arrest warrant is issued, the search or seizure that the warrant authorizes is presumed legal under the Fourth Amendment.

In Pennsylvania, separation can be grounds for no-fault divorce

Sometimes a marriage just stops working for one reason or another, and whether consciously or not, spouses start living their own lives without regard for the other spouse. Under Pennsylvania family law, this is known as living "separate and apart." And living separate and apart can ultimately be grounds for a divorce in the Keystone State.

Can your child lose financial aid because of a drug conviction?

If you are the parent of a college student who is facing charges for a drug-related crime, you may have concerns about the penalties and collateral consequences he or she may face if convicted. In addition to possible jail time, fines and related penalties, your college student may face collateral consequences which do not come directly from the criminal justice system.

Sexual assault must still be proven in a court of law

In this era of women and men coming forward with details of past sexual assaults and harassment, along with the prevalence of the #metoo hashtag in social media, it can be easy to automatically deem the accused guilty. But it is important to remember that, unless the accused has admitted to the conduct, it must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. A mere accusation - as the infamous Duke lacrosse and University of Virginia fraternity rape cases demonstrated - does not make the allegations true.

Police crack down on partiers in State College

With State Patty's Day in the bag and St. Patrick's Day on the way in the State College, Pennsylvania area, it's clear that law enforcement is cracking down. Those who are celebrating should plan to do so as safely and responsibly. On the other hand, folks who may have been caught up as part of the crackdown should seek the counsel of seasoned criminal defense attorney right away.

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