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July 2015 Archives

Underage Drinker Released After Winning Rock, Paper, Scissors

According to a Huffington Post article, a woman at a Texas music festival was not issued an Underage Drinking citation after she beat the officers at a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. The event was apparently recorded and went viral. The officers are now in trouble and have been banned from working the same concert in the future.

Posting Nude Photos of Ex Is a Crime in Pennsylvania

Many people are now aware of the recent passage of "revenge porn" statutes across the country, but many people do not even know what the phrase "revenge porn" means. Generally speaking, it often arises in the context of one person posting naked or nude photos of an ex-paramour or spouse on social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter.

Underage Drinking and Marijuana Use by Pennsylvania High School Seniors

According to a recent article, the percentage of high school seniors and even younger students that have consumed alcohol in Pennsylvania is higher than the national average. The article draws its data information from a 2013 Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency report.

Ohio Judge Imposes Unique Sentences on First Time Offenders

After being a criminal defense attorney in State College for almost 11 years, I have seen Pennsylvania judges impose sentences on thousands of people, and those sentences generally include a period of jail time, probation, community service, payment of costs and fines, and completion of counseling. The sentences are relatively uniform, and in many cases, the sentences are "cookie cuttered," meaning the person being sentenced receives the same sentence as the last person and individual consideration is not given. For example, almost all drunk driving offenders are sentenced to the severe mandatory minimum  sentences, and no consideration is given to whether or not the person completed an alcohol counseling program or sought treatment for alcohol addiction.