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How Serious is Retail Theft in Pennsylvania?

How Serious is Retail Theft in Pennsylvania?

According to the Pennsylvania Court System, about 50% of all retail theft offenses committed within the state between 2013 and 2017 resulted in convictions, and in 2017 alone there were 243,305 cases of shoplifting. In Pennsylvania, you will find that shoplifting is a...

Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law

Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law

Under Pennsylvania's Clean Slate Law, which is the first of its kind, an estimated 30 million criminal records will be sealed by the Pennsylvania court system. The goal of this law is to effectively give eligible, non-violent offenders a clean slate with which to seek...

Pennsylvania Probation Reform

Pennsylvania Probation Reform

A bipartisan probation reform bill has been suggested by Pennsylvania senators to tackle a number of issues with the state’s current probationary system. The proposed bill would set caps on how long probation can last and how long someone can be sent to prison for...

How Much Do You Know About Common Traffic Violations?

How Much Do You Know About Common Traffic Violations?

It might not surprise you that speeding is the most common traffic violation in Pennsylvania, but there are other traffic violations that can seriously impact both your driving record and your wallet. In addition, Pennsylvania has a point system that penalizes repeat...

What Happens When You Violate Parole?

What Happens When You Violate Parole?

While some people may use the terms “parole” and “probation” interchangeably, they represent very different legal scenarios. Probation takes the place of going to prison; whereas parole is a conditional release from prison before you have served your entire term....

The Aftermath of a DUI

The Aftermath of a DUI

Getting your first DUI in Pennsylvania may not mean jail time, but your second offense certainly could. After your first offense you can expect to have your license suspended and receive some hefty fines. Additional DUIs will result in massive fines, mandatory...

Do Police Announce DUI Checkpoints?

Do Police Announce DUI Checkpoints?

The short answer to this question is YES! Police do often announce DUI checkpoints in advance, although they are not legally required to publish notice via newspapers or social media, they often do so. Police are only required to provide “notice” of a DUI checkpoint....

He is Only a Kid

He is Only a Kid

You often read or hear on the news about stories of young children being sentenced as adults. When many people see these compelling stories they ask themselves how can the court treat this child as an adult. You hear the parents of the child saying, “he is only a...

Sleeping It Off

Sleeping It Off

You had a fun night with some friends, and a few drinks. It is really late. You get into your car and put the keys in the ignition, but realize you had too much to drink. Instead of driving home or calling a cab, you decide to sleep it off. It is cold outside so you...

I Wasn’t High!

I Wasn’t High!

Marijuana use is at an all-time high in the country and legal in some states. However, in Pennsylvania, marijuana is still considered a controlled substance. If you were arrested for a marijuana related DUI in Delaware County, Chester County or the Philadelphia area...

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