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Mount Airy Couple Charged With Drug Distribution And Held On Million Dollar Bond

By Gary E. Gerson |

The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects against cruel and unusual punishment, including excessive financial penalties before or after a conviction.  This means that fines as a criminal penalty should not be disproportionate to the crime and that bail amounts should not be disproportionate to the amount of danger the defendant, who… Read More »

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Pittsburgh Man Sentenced To 57 Months In Prison For His Role In Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

By Gary E. Gerson |

57 months doesn’t seem like such a long time until it does.  If your child is 57 months old, you have probably long since stopped calculating your child’s age in months.  On three-day weekends, car dealerships offer promotions where you can buy a car for little or no down payment and pay off your… Read More »

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Montandon Dad Charged With DUI And Child Endangerment For Falling Asleep In Parked Car While Daughter Was Present

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Every parent knows the dangers, legal and otherwise, of leaving a child in an unattended vehicle.  Sleep-deprived parents exchange hacks on social media for how to remind themselves not to go inside the house without first taking the sleepy baby out of the car seat in the back; one grandmother even drives barefoot when… Read More »

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Self-Appointed Police Informant Acquitted Of Drug Possession

By Gary E. Gerson |

You have probably seen police informants in the movies and on TV.  They interact with people suspected of drug dealing, and then they give the police the information and evidence they need to have probable cause to arrest the suspects.  Sometimes the informants even wear recording devices so that law enforcement can use the… Read More »

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Bicyclist Gets Hit By Feed Truck, Then Faces Charges For Manufacturing Methamphetamine

By Gary E. Gerson |

If you get hit by a car while riding your bicycle, you are lucky to walk out of the hospital emergency room and go home.  Accidents where a car strikes a bicycle can have long-term medical and legal consequences, but usually not of the kind that a Sunbury man who got hit by a… Read More »

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Allegheny County Man Sentenced To 66 Months In Prison For Drug Distribution While On Supervised Release

By Gary E. Gerson |

If you are facing criminal charges for the first time in your life, the actions of your criminal defense lawyer can affect how your life will be for years to come.  Even if you do not go to prison for your first offense, law enforcement and the criminal courts will have an excuse to… Read More »

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Parents Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter After Baby Drinks from Fentanyl-Contaminated Baby Bottle

By Gary E. Gerson |

It is entirely possible to get criminal charges, and even to spend years in prison, for something you did by accident.  Involuntary manslaughter is the crime of accidentally causing another person’s death.  It often occurs in conjunction with other crimes related to endangering other people.  For example, someone who drives drunk and causes a… Read More »

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Five Alleged Co-Conspirators Charged With Trafficking A Kilogram Of Fentanyl To Butler County

By Gary E. Gerson |

The United States is one of only a few countries where we do not measure by grams in kilograms in our everyday lives; for example, you probably know your approximate body weight in pounds, but not in kilograms.  For reference, a kilogram equals 2.2 pounds, so one kilogram of ground beef is enough for… Read More »

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Police Seize Suitcase Full of Drugs After Transaction in Front of New Stanton Motel

By Gary E. Gerson |

A criminal charge for drug possession, also known as “simple possession,” usually means that the amount of controlled substance seized was only enough for a few doses; therefore, the prosecution assumes that the defendant intended to consume the drugs himself or herself.  When the amount is more than enough for one person to consume… Read More »

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Westmoreland County Couple Arrested on Allegations of Operating Meth Lab

By Gary E. Gerson |

Depending on context, almost anything can be drug paraphernalia.  Is that souvenir spoon from the Liberty Bell gift shop hanging on the kitchen wall in its original decorative packaging, or is it on the kitchen counter, coated in residue that might be heroin?  Are those tiny plastic baggies full of spare buttons, or are… Read More »

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