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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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Man Arrested in Connection with Overdose Deaths at Pittsburgh Party

By Gary E. Gerson |

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

By Gary E. Gerson |

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

By Gary E. Gerson |

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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ASAP Bari Avoids Jail and Probation by Pleading Guilty to Misdemeanor Marijuana Charges

By Gary E. Gerson |

The leading news story this week about the legal troubles of celebrities has played out far from Pennsylvania.  The parents of every college student who works his or her fingers to the bone studying to maintain a high enough GPA to keep a much-needed scholarship have been powerless to avoid gawking at the headlines… Read More »

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Swissvale Barber Arrested for Selling Drugs Just Outside Barbershop

By Gary E. Gerson |

Drug “busts” involving undercover police or detectives are a familiar plot development in current movies and television series. The movies and series are entertaining viewing because of the dramatic irony: the seller does not know the true identity of the buyer, and the audience is waiting for that critical moment when the truth becomes… Read More »

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Drug crimes: heroin overdose numbers skyrocket

By Gary E. Gerson |

As the heroin epidemic gets worse and worse in Western Pennsylvania, authorities are trying to figure out how to best curtail the number of overdose deaths that have occurred over the last several years. On Monday, reports out of Washington County show that this past weekend likely saw three more deaths. This, after first… Read More »

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PA drug charges lawyer discusses overdose epidemic

By Gary E. Gerson |

One of my main duties as a Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney is to help people who have been arrested on drug charges. I enjoy helping people in these situations, especially people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time and really don’t deserve the potential sentence an unforgiving judge may set before them…. Read More »

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