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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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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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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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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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Leave the Police Chases for the Action Movies: Stop and Contact a Defense Lawyer

By Gary E. Gerson |

High speed police chases often form the climactic scenes in movies.  Even real-life police chases, and even at relatively low speeds, can attract viewers’ attention; in the summer of 1994, millions of Americans were glued to their television sets as police pursued O.J. Simpson, who was suspected of murdering his ex-wife, as he rode… Read More »

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Not Only Driving While Intoxicated, but Even Walking While Intoxicated Can Be a Crime If a Child Is with You

By Gary E. Gerson |

Many crimes become more serious if the victims are children.  Even if the child has not suffered physical harm because of the defendant’s actions, the mere presence, or even potential presence, of a child can escalate the charges.  For example, selling drugs near a school is a worse crime than simply selling drugs.  Sexual… Read More »

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Whitehall Township Man Faces Drug Trafficking Charges After Probation Officers Finds Drugs and Paraphernalia in His Apartment

By Gary E. Gerson |

If a judge sentences you to probation, it means that you stay out of jail, at least for now.  It also means that you will be subject to very close scrutiny by probation officers and police.  Violating the terms of your probation can get you a longer prison sentence than you would have gotten… Read More »

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

By Gary E. Gerson |

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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