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Ross Township Man Arrested with Duffel Bag Full of Meth Paraphernalia

By Gary E. Gerson |

What could be more innocent than a bag full of mason jars? It depends what else is in the bag. You can get arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia if you have a group of items that would be legal by themselves but which are rarely found together except in the context of preparing… Read More »

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Pennsylvania Senator Charged with Possession of Sexually Explicit Images of Minors

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Mike Folmer, a Republican who became a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate has resigned after being arrested on charges of possession of sexual abuse of children after pornographic images that appear to detect minors were found on his phone. Folmer is known for being one of the first conservative politicians in Pennsylvania to… Read More »

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Latrobe Police and K9 Zeus Search Vehicle and Seize 10 Bricks of Heroin

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If the police find drugs in your possession, it does not automatically mean that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Depending on the quantity of drugs found and on whether you have any previous convictions, you might be eligible for pretrial diversion instead of a conventional sentence. If you do go to trial,… Read More »

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Man Arrested in Connection with Overdose Deaths at Pittsburgh Party

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The drug education courses which elementary school students were required to take in the 1980s tended to deal in scary scenarios that did not address the realities of drug addiction. The truth is that drug addiction can happen to anyone and that preventing it and recovering from it requires compassion and the efforts of… Read More »

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Medical Marijuana and Defendants’ Rights in Pennsylvania

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People with medical marijuana cards have more freedom to possess and consume cannabis in Pennsylvania than people who do not have them, but simply being a medical card holder does not give you free rein to do all sorts of things that are illegal for other people. If the police catch you in possession… Read More »

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Parents Face Child Endangerment Charges After Infant Ingests Fentanyl

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Children accidentally ingesting illegal drugs is many parents’ worst fear, even parents who themselves are no strangers to drugs and their effects. Thus, parents carefully inspect their children’s trick or treat candy every Halloween and hope that their young teens are telling the truth about how much parental supervision there will be at a… Read More »

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The Sippy Cup Murder: A Case of Child Endangerment and So Much More

By Gary E. Gerson |

Almost any criminal offense is subject to more severe penalties if the victim is a child. For example, you can get a traffic ticket for failing to wear a seat belt, but transporting a child in a car without an age-appropriate child car seat is a more serious offense. Likewise, sending a text message… Read More »

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Meek Mill’s Probation Is Finally Over, but He Promises to Continue Fighting to Reform the Criminal Justice System

By Gary E. Gerson |

In 2017, when Robert Williams was 20 years old, he was convicted of felony weapons charges and felony drug possession. He was sentenced to up 11 to 23 months in prison, to be followed by five years of probation. In reality, his punishment lasted 12 years, only ending in 2019, when a Pennsylvania court… Read More »

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Pittsburgh Police Officer Faces Criminal Charges After Alleged Drunken Hit-and-Run Accident with a Bicyclist

By Gary E. Gerson |

Leaving the scene of a car accident without talking to police or, at least, without talking to the person you hit and making sure they are not injured, is one of the worst things you can do. It can escalate a minor inconvenience into a civil lawsuit, a traffic ticket into criminal charges, and… Read More »

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Pennsylvania’s Laws on HIV Exposure Leave Plenty of Room for Ambiguity

By Gary E. Gerson |

Despite that advances in treatment have made HIV infection a manageable and, in many cases, preventable condition, AIDS is still the scariest disease that many people in the United States consider a real threat. For people who were alive in the 80s, the images of the extraordinary suffering of people with AIDS were unlike… Read More »

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