Know the Law: Traveling with a Firearm

Posted by on Dec 24, 2019 in Blog, Gun Laws, Gun Rights, Know The Law |

Pittsburgh news station KDKA reports that 35 firearms have been seized at Pittsburgh International Airport in 2019. When you’re traveling with a firearm, it’s important to remember that there are laws, regulations, and company policies that may prevent you from carrying your firearm in certain places. Cars and other automobiles Each state has different laws about how and whether you can carry a firearm in a car. Be sure to check the...

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Know the Law: Seat belt and Child Restraint Laws

Posted by on Dec 4, 2019 in Blog, Know The Law, Traffic Ticket |

This holiday season, the Pennsylvania State Police is doing Operation Safe Holiday to enforce seat belt and drunk driving laws. In Pennsylvania, you can receive a ticket if you don’t wear a seat belt or fail to ensure that your underage passengers are properly restrained. The Basics In Pennsylvania, all front-seat passengers must wear a seat belt.  Rear-seat passengers over the age of 18 are not required to wear a seat belt.  Just...

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Felony DUI Charges in Pennsylvania

Posted by on Nov 24, 2019 in Blog, DUI, Mandatory Sentence |

In Pennsylvania, Driving Under the Influence can be charged as low as an ungraded misdemeanor or as high as a felony.  When a DUI can be charged as a felony under Pennsylvania Law If you are convicted of DUI and have more than three prior DUI offensesIf you are convicted of DUI and were previously convicted of Homicide by Motor Vehicle While Under the InfluenceIf you are convicted of DUI and were 1.) charged with refusing to submit to chemical...

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Deer Hunting Season is Coming–How to Make Sure You Are Following the Law

Posted by on Nov 16, 2019 in Blog, Blog Posts, Criminal Law Basics, Gun Laws, Gun Rights |

Due to a recent change in Pennsylvania law, deer hunting season is starting two days early. Instead of the first Monday after Thanksgiving, the first day of buck hunting will be on Saturday, November 30th, 2019 with the first day of antlerless for most Pennsylvania regions starting on December 7th. Before the season begins, hunters should check to make sure that they are complying with the law. Checking to make sure that you are allowed to...

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Driver License Suspensions: Getting Back on the Road

Posted by on Sep 29, 2019 in Blog, DUI, Interlock Devices |

Getting to work, buying groceries, and getting your kids to and from school is almost impossible in most areas in Western Pennsylvania if you don’t have a valid driver’s license.  While ridesharing apps can help, they become expensive and time-consuming. If your driver’s license is suspended, you should check to see what you can do to either get a limited license from the state or to get your license back. Probationary and...

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BriefLaw: Commonwealth v. Monarch

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Blog, Case Law Summaries, Constitutional Rights, DUI, Legal Briefs, Mandatory Sentence |

Topic: DUI – Refusal of Chemical Testing – Birchfield – Mandatory Sentence – Alleyne Summary: The mandatory minimum sentence given by the Venango County Court of Common Pleas for a DUI chemical test refusal was unconstitutional. 1.) Defendants cannot be given a mandatory minimum sentence for refusing to submit to a warrantless blood test. 2.) A defendant who refused a blood test cannot be subject to enhanced sentencing based on the refusal to...

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