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In Pennsylvania, even legal pot can cause legal trouble

With the state's recent legalization of medical marijuana, Pennsylvania is now in the final phases of implementing the law. And medical marijuana dispensaries have been popping up across the Keystone State, including the first to open in the State College area. Although medical marijuana may be perfectly legal in Pennsylvania - with a prescription and a patient card - patients must still use caution to avoid drug charges, DUI and other potential pitfalls.

Assistance navigating DUI charges

Pennsylvania is an "implied consent" state. What this means is that in exchange for the privilege to drive on the state's streets, roads and highways, you agree to consent to a chemical test if a law enforcement officer has formed a reasonable suspicion that you are driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or a controlled substance. If you refuse the test, you could lose your license and face some heavy financial penalties.

Helping your children adjust after a long visitation

With the arrival of summer vacation, many children in Pennsylvania will go on more extended visits with their noncustodial parents. This might be a nice break for you, but upon their return, you might wonder if your ex replaced your well-behaved children with a pack of wild animals. Suddenly, they are unruly, defiant and challenging of your authority.

Pennsylvania residents are relatively safe from crime

Pennsylvania, one of the nation's most populous states, with several major cities and several million residents, also happens to be one of its safest - at least when it comes to crime. This is according to a survey from WalletHub, entitled "2018's Safest States in America." However, a closer look at the statistics on which this ranking is based reveals that, in spite of its relatively low rates of violent crime, Pennsylvania's criminal defense attorneys will continue to be needed for quite some time.

Pennsylvania defendants have right to an attorney

The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees a criminal defendant the right to effective representation by a competent attorney. The Fourteenth Amendment made this right universal; it applies in both state and federal cases. When an individual is arrested or questioned by police, they should almost always refuse to speak without the presence of an attorney. A seasoned criminal defense lawyer can help ensure that a suspect's rights are protected.

Snowball effect leads to Centre County meth lab bust

Sometimes, especially where criminal charges are concerned, one thing can lead to another and a person can find themselves bogged down in a legal quagmire. This can be especially true if a person was careless or indiscreet, essentially inviting drug charges that were filed against them. When an officer stops someone, they must have reasonable suspicion to do so. In order to search or enter a home, an officer needs a warrant, or in the absence of a warrant, articulable probable cause. Officers don't need any of these things, however, if they are invited into a home.

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