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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana: What You Need To Know

The number of medicinal marijuana users grown exponentionally the program’s inception in Pennsylvania in 2016. While medicinal marijuana has been around for years, there are still many confusing issues that lead to violations of the law and criminal charges for violators. People using medicinal marijuana often have the same questions: Can I grow my own… view more

Illegal Stop Leads to Suppression of Evidence in State College DUI

Unconstitutional Traffic Stop In a recent State College DUI case, a police officer conducted a traffic stop for a speeding violation.  The officer had followed the driver for approximately four miles and, using the police car’s speedometer, clocked the driver’s speed at 53.7 miles per hour in a posted 45 mile per hour zone.  During… view more

Judge Dismisses Charges in Centre County DUI

In a recent Centre County DUI case, a judge was required to determine whether or not the prosecutor had presented sufficient evidence to show that the suspect had been intoxicated to the extent that he was incapable of safe driving.  The charge was a bit outside the norm because the suspect had refused to submit… view more

Maryland PBJ is a “Prior Offense” of DUI in Pennsylvania

Almost eveyrone that is arrested in Pennsyvlania for suspicion of DUI immediately heads to Google to search.  They want to know what is going to happen and what penalities will be imposed for a conviction.  There are very severe mandatory minimum sentences for a Pennsylvania DUI conviction, and those sentences are increased substantially if the… view more

Pennsylvania DUI Conviction Overturned Under Two-Hour Rule

Everyone knows that a normal DUI charge requires a prosecutor to present evidence at a trial that a person was driving and the person’s alcohol level was over the legal limit.  In Pennsylvania, a driving under the influence charge for alcohol also normally requires that the blood or breath was drawn within two hours of… view more

Pennsylvania Court Holds Odor of Marijuana Alone Not Probable Cause

The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently issued a decision which considers the fact that Pennsylvania citizens can lawfully possess and use marijuana for medicinal purposes.  Many states across the nation now allow for medicinal marijuana use, and some areas have de-criminalized or even legalized marijuana use.  The fact that marijuana is not illegal in all circumstances… view more

Prosecutor’s Denial of ARD Upheld by Superior Court

Many first-time DUI offenders participate in a pretrial diversionary program called Accelerated Rehabilitate Disposition (ARD) that allows a person to have the charges dismissed and expunged upon completion of the program requirements.   Whether a person is approved to participate in ARD is generally up to the District Attorney in the particular county, and the District… view more