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Monthly Archives: August 2020


Cocaine or Clearasil? Field Drug Test Kits Can’t Tell the Difference

By Gary E. Gerson |

If you were a child in the 1980s, you probably owned a mood ring; maybe you bought it at a dollar store when one first opened in your town, or perhaps it was a party favor at a classmate’s birthday party.  The rings claimed to change color to reflect your mood; in fact, the… Read More »

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How to Stop Mugshot Shaming from Ruining Your Employment Prospects

By Gary E. Gerson |

Of all the scary thoughts that go through your mind when you get arrested for a non-violent crime, many of them relate to how the arrest will affect your chances for employment in the future if you get convicted.  Long after you have completed your probation, community service, or jail time and paid your… Read More »

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Johnstown Man Faces Federal Charges for Storage Unit Full of Illegal Drugs

By Gary E. Gerson |

In Pittsburgh and many other places in Pennsylvania, you will not face criminal charges for possession of small quantities of marijuana.  In December 2015, the city council passed a resolution to decriminalize marijuana possession, as long as the amount in the person’s possession does not exceed 30 grams.  Instead, if you have just enough… Read More »

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Can You Face Criminal Penalties for Illegally Owning Wild Animals in Pennsylvania?

By Gary E. Gerson |

Not everyone fits neatly into the categories of dog person, cat person, or person who is creeped out by all species besides humans.  Some people, if given the opportunity, will tell you that hedgehogs are man’s real best friend, some will tell you that rats are cuddlier than hamsters, and others prefer the companionship… Read More »

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