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Facing criminal charges better than fleeing

When an individual is charged with a crime or is on the verge of being arrested, the instinct to flee can be strong. After all, being convicted of a crime can have life-long consequences and far-reaching effects. Young adults like college students may be particularly tempted to hit the road when faced with a criminal charge. But time and time again, evidence shows that fleeing rarely works out to the benefit of the fugitive.

Arrested or charged with a crime? Call a lawyer right away

If you or a loved one has been arrested or face criminal charges in Pennsylvania, you need to contact an experienced defense attorney immediately. A criminal conviction can have long-term consequences that extend far beyond any sentence you could receive, like difficulty finding a job or even being deemed ineligible for college financial aid. Without a seasoned lawyer on your side, you run the risk of negative lifelong consequences.

How does medical marijuana affect gun ownership in Pennsylvania?

As 2017 ends and 2018 begins, Pennsylvania residents who qualify will have access to medical marijuana. However, due to a conflict between the state medical marijuana law and federal gun laws, gun owners will be caught in a dilemma. They will have to decide whether to use medical marijuana or keep their firearms, because they will not be able to legally do both.

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.

Criminal defense attorneys are an asset to your trial preparation

Many individuals live their entire lives without ever going through the legal justice system. They may avoid civil lawsuits either as the plaintiffs or defendants and they may never face criminal sanctions. However, when a legal matter, and particularly a criminal matter, arises, a Pennsylvania resident many feel unprepared and unsure of how to protect their rights since they have no prior experience on which to base their preparations.

Understand your defenses to allegations of sexual assault

Allegations of sexual assault are serious criminal matters that can impact the futures of those individuals who face criminal charges based on alleged inappropriate or deviant sexual conduct. In Pennsylvania, a person may be charged with sexual assault or indecent assault depending upon the facts of their case. This post will provide a basic review of these two laws and will introduce several of the defenses that individuals may offer at trial.

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.

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