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Medical Marijuana Use Allowed While On Probation in Pennsylvania

Many people want to know whether or not medicinal marijuana can be used while a person is on probation or parole in Pennsylvania.  In the past, the answer depended upon what county was supervising the probation or parole.  Some counties allowed medicinal use of marijuana, but other county probation departments did not. On June 18th… view more

Pennsylvania ARD No Longer a Prior Offense of DUI

The Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a ground breaking decision and held that participation in Pennsylvania’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program for a DUI offense cannot be used to treat a subsequent driving under the influence case as a second or subsequent offense for mandatory minimum sentencing purposes.  This decision will have a huge impact on… view more

Superior Court Overturns Cumberland County DUI Conviction

The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently reviewed a Cumberland County DUI conviction and concluded that the original judge had incorrectly denied the suspect’s request for suppression of evidence.  In the case, captioned Commonwealth v. Wallett 1677 MDA 2019, Wallett argued that her constitutional rights were violated when a police officer stopped her vehicle in a residential… view more

Pennsylvania Governor Allows Early Release Of Some Inmates

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping across the nation, the Pennsylvania governor issued an executive order that allows for a relatively small number of inmates to be released from state prison.  The goal of the order is to reduce the prison population and thereby reduce the number of people, both inmates and guards,… view more

Evidence Suppressed in State College DUI Case – Illegal Traffic Stop

The law applies to everyone, including police officer when performing their duties and conducting investigations.  If the police violate a person’s constitutional rights during an investigation, then the law requires that evidence seized as a result of the violation must be suppressed and cannot be used at future court proceedings.  It is a simple concept,… view more

Armed Mob Quarantines Men By Downing Tree

The Coronavirus epidemic is bringing out the best in some people, with people sewing masks for medical personnel, and community members coming together to support one another with physical, mental, and emotional needs.  Regrettably, bad times also brings out the worst in some people, exemplified by a recent vigilante incident in Maine.  According to online… view more

Can I use medical marijuana while on probation in Pennsylvania?

With the legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, more and more people are taking marijuana to treat ailments.  While Pennsylvania law allows people to take medical marijuana if they go through the approval process, the possession of marijuana is still illegal under Federal law.  People that get into legal trouble and are sentenced to probation… view more

Pennsylvania Top Prosecutor Recommends Legalization of Marijuana

The Pennsylvania Attorney General took to Twitter recently to throw his support behind the legalization of marijuana use for people over the age of 21.  Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor stated that “[c]ontinuing to criminalize adult personal marijuana use is a waste of limited law enforcement resources, it disproportionately impacts our minority communities and it does not… view more