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Pittsburgh Woman Faces Child Endangerment Charges for Driving Drunk with Four Children in the Car

By Gary E. Gerson |

Before you bring a newborn baby home from the hospital, the hospital staff ensures that you have the infant safety seat installed properly in the car.  Installing child car seats can be a source of anxiety for first-time parents; every time the child outgrows one seat, they must figure out how to configure the… Read More »

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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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Discovery of Western Pennsylvania Woman’s Body in Refrigerator Leads to Criminal Charges

By Gary E. Gerson |

As Pennsylvania reopens in phases, the question remains as to how safe we actually are.  The stay-at-home orders helped to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus to the point that the state government has deemed it safe to reopen some previously shuttered businesses in most Pennsylvania counties.  Although the weeks of social distancing… Read More »

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Drug Bust Uncovers Trafficking Operation Between Philadelphia and Indiana County

By Gary E. Gerson |

With most of the population of Pennsylvania staying at home until COVID-19 cases decrease, some types of crime, such as home burglaries and street corner drug sales, have become less frequent.  This does not mean, however, that drug use and illegal drug trafficking have disappeared.  Complex operations to transport drugs across Pennsylvania are still… Read More »

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Considers Removing Medical Cannabis Restrictions for People Under Court Supervision

By Gary E. Gerson |

The United States government does not have the right to take away a person’s liberty except as a punishment for a crime.  Therefore, only after a fair trial and the other requirements of due process have been completed to prove that the defendant committed the crime of which he or she was accused can… Read More »

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Pennsylvania Man’s 33-Year Sentence for Sex Trafficking

By Gary E. Gerson |

The stereotype about human trafficking is that it involves bringing people into the country illegally and forcing them to work in dangerous conditions for little or no pay.  One famous depiction of human trafficking in the popular media is in the 2004 movie Crash, where the character played by Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges finds a… Read More »

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Johnstown Man Pleads Guilty After Authorities Seize 40 Grams of Fentanyl

By Gary E. Gerson |

In the past few years, fentanyl has become notorious as the scariest and most dangerous opioid, especially as the focus of media coverage of the opioid epidemic has shifted from oxycodone to heroin to fentanyl.  In 2016, when two famous musicians, Prince and Tom Petty, died from accidental fentanyl overdoses, it was the first… Read More »

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