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Pennsylvania’s Good Samaritan Laws Are A Good Start, But They Still Have Too Many Loopholes

By Gary E. Gerson |

Few things are scarier than seeing someone suffer a drug overdose in your presence.  These days, Narcan nasal spray has become widely available enough that, if you happen to have it, you can reverse the effects of opioid overdose simply by administering it to the victim.  First responders always carry Narcan, and fear of… Read More »

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Lancaster Man Arrested For Drug Possession After Alleged Domestic Dispute

By Gary E. Gerson |

Charges of simple possession are far from being the worst-case scenario when it comes to facing criminal charges for drug offenses, but you should still take your drug possession case seriously.  If you do not have a criminal record, and if drug possession is the only charge you are facing, you could be eligible… Read More »

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Pittsburgh Woman Charged With Trespassing And Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia

By Gary E. Gerson |

After the initial panic that you feel when riding in the back of a police car after being arrested, you might start to remind yourself of all the ways that your situation would be worse.  Maybe the crime, such as drug possession, can be charged as a misdemeanor.  You might be able to avoid… Read More »

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About President Biden’s Executive Order To Pardon Defendants Convicted Of Simple Possession Of Cannabis

By Gary E. Gerson |

The War on Drugs raged through the 1990s, even though it had started decades earlier.  In 1994, the federal government enacted the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act.  Its provisions included new restrictions on the sale of firearms, expansion of sex offender registry requirements, and funding to expand law enforcement by hiring many… Read More »

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Philadelphia Doctor Who Operated Pill Mill Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

By Gary E. Gerson |

When kids go to the dentist, they come home with a bag of party favors, including toothpaste, toys, and stickers, as well as a balloon.  Even adults sometimes come home from dentist visits with freebies, although they are usually just toothpaste and dental floss, which are not much fun to use, but getting them… Read More »

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Pennsylvania Is A Hot Spot For Xylazine Overdoses

By Gary E. Gerson |

The answer to the question “What makes the opioid overdose epidemic so scary?” has been changing over the years.  First it was the pill mills that flooded the community with opioid pills that had technically been legally prescribed.  Then it was the abrupt cutoff of that supply, leaving the many thousands of people who… Read More »

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Allegheny County Man Gets Prison Sentence For Traveling While On Supervised Release

By Gary E. Gerson |

Supervised release, in which defendants get to live in their own homes while still technically serving their prison sentences, is better than mass incarceration, but it still means that law enforcement is constantly in your business, and any minor mistake can land you back behind bars.  Supervised release and probation are not the same… Read More »

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Variety Store Employees Accused Of Stashing Drugs In Wall Safe

By Gary E. Gerson |

Hey Jay’s New & Used, a variety store in Erie, Pennsylvania, captures the mood of a pandemic-weary Pennsylvania as well as anywhere does.  If you have time on your hands and limited funds, Hey Jay’s is the place for you.  The cash-strapped, restless souls of the world can find furniture, appliances, and tools for… Read More »

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Erie Man Pleads Guilty Four Years After Providing Drugs That Caused Fatal Overdose

By Gary E. Gerson |

The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the right to a speedy trial, but in practice, all kinds of delays can affect criminal cases.  In some cases, by the time the case gets to trial, years have gone by since the incident that led to the defendant’s arrest.  In some cases, these… Read More »

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Three Allegheny County Men Convicted Of Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

By Gary E. Gerson |

The constitutional rights of defendants in criminal cases matter at every stage of the legal process of investigating alleged crimes, determining whether a defendant has committed those crimes, and implementing an appropriate punishment if the defendant is convicted.  Defense lawyers do more than just try to persuade jurors that the defendant is innocent or,… Read More »

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