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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.

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.

Two men face drug charges, other charges in State College

Drug and other criminal charges can impact an accused individual's life for a lifetime and create a criminal history that may cause personal, professional and education-related challenges. Two men are facing drug charges, burglary charges and other charges following a recent incident in downtown State College. The two 19-year old men were allegedly found in a bar by an employee after hours when the bar was closed. The two men ran from the employee and were arrested by police.

Understanding marijuana crimes in Pennsylvania

Though marijuana use may be becoming increasingly acceptable in the views of some, it remains illegal in the state of Pennsylvania. Even misdemeanor marijuana possession can impact a student's education and job opportunities which is why drug charges should never be taken lightly. There are several different drug charges accused individuals may face related to marijuana.

Pennsylvania family arrested for alleged drug ring

Drug charges are serious criminal charges and require a swift response. In a Pennsylvania community about an hour west of the State College area a family was recently arrested on drug charges. The relatives are accused of operating a drug distribution ring. A total of five family members, ranging in age from 27 to 51, were arrested on felony charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. The family is accused of running a cocaine distribution ring in the area.

State College man faces felony drug charges

Individuals accused of drug charges have legal protections to be aware of. A State College man was recently charged with felony drug charges for allegedly selling controlled substances to a confidential informant. According to authorities, the 26-year old man allegedly contacted the informant to purchase Suboxone. The drug is used to treat narcotic addiction but has a high risk of addiction itself. According to the informant, the informant had purchased marijuana from the 26-year old man in the past.

Man faces multiple misdemeanors, felony, after drug investigation

Sometimes how you act during an investigation can seriously affect your fate. A 33-year-old man from State College, Pennsylvania, learned this by reportedly failing to cooperate with police officers, as well as battling the officers. The incident began when a State College police detective met with a suspect at Snappy's on University Drive last Friday afternoon. The officer had a search warrant tied to a drug investigation.

Drugs use common, and so, too, are drug charges

Drug use has taken a terrible toll on communities across the Keystone State. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose from heroin and other opioids is now the number one cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania. More than 3,200 people died from drug overdoses in this state in 2015. That represents an increase of over 20 percent from 2014. Many more people are struggling with the impact of drug addiction every day.

How drug court may help those facing drug charges

Over the past several years, there has been a trend away from treating the commission of minor drug offenses as a criminal matter and toward treating it as a health concern. Many drug users would like to get help with breaking the cycle of addiction, but they may not know where to turn for such assistance. Has this trend been reflected in Pennsylvania law and policy?

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