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The benefits of accepting a plea deal

Television shows make it seem like most criminal cases go to court, with both sides arguing passionately in front of a jury. In real life, however, most criminal cases are settled in a much less dramatic fashion through a plea bargain. Both the prosecution and the defense tend to prefer plea deals to lengthy court trials, albeit for different reasons.

Pennsylvania men face drug charges after overdose death

Generally, possession of an illegal substance with the intent to distribute is a serious crime and often results in more serious consequences than drug possession for personal use. However, in Pennsylvania, you can also be charged with drug delivery resulting in death, which is perhaps the most serious drug charge of all. Drug delivery resulting in death can result in a sentence of up to 40 years in prison and is classified as a felony.

How your drug abuse problem may impact your divorce

When drug charges and divorce collide, the result can be messy. Perhaps your drug addiction is one of the reasons your marriage is falling apart. Maybe your spouse told the court about your substance abuse during the divorce proceedings and now you are facing a potential conviction during your divorce. 

What to expect if you refuse a Breathalyzer test

If a police officer suspects that you have been drinking and driving, it is likely that he or she will arrest you and ask you to submit to a Breathalyzer test to determine your blood alcohol concentration. If the test reveals a BAC level of .08 percent or more (for drivers 21 and older), you may be charged criminally for driving under the influence. However, many people wonder if they can legally refuse to take the test in the first place.

In Pennsylvania, can one be charged for someone else's drugs?

As most folks know, possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin or a synthetic like oxycontin or marijuana without a prescription, for example - is illegal. But what if a friend, relative or acquaintance leaves narcotics in someone else's car or room, and they somehow find their way into the hands of law enforcement? Could the unsuspecting non-owner face drug charges? Like it or not, it is possible that such a scenario could result in the person being charged with a crime.

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