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 | 0 comments

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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In the News: PA Clean Slate Law gives chance to seal criminal records

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Blog, Criminal Records and Employment, In the News | 0 comments

On December 26th, 2018, Pennsylvania’s new Clean Slate Law took effect and made more people with certain misdemeanor convictions eligible to get their criminal records sealed. Under the previous law, many with convictions for lower level simple assault convictions found that they were not eligible to have their old convictions sealed. After lobbying and education efforts, the Pennsylvania legislature amended the record-sealing law to help...

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LAW NEWS: Pennsylvania changes DUI prior conviction standard for sentencing

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Blog, Blog Posts, DUI, New Laws, sentencing, Sentencing and Punishments | 0 comments

On October 20th, 2014, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a law changing the way courts handle prior drunk driving (DUI) convictions at sentencing. In Pennsylvania, you face harsher punishments if you have prior DUI convictions.  Before the change, prior DUI convictions only led to an increased punishment if the defendant was convicted of the prior DUI before committing the new offense.  With the change in the law, any DUI conviction that...

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LAW NEWS: Pa Legislature changes retroactive effect of Adam Walsh Act

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Blog, Blog Posts, In the News, Megan's Law, Sex Offender Registration, SORNA | 0 comments

On December 20, 2012, the Adam Walsh Act (SORNA) required many individuals who were convicted of sex offenses but not classified as violent sex offenders to begin registering as sexual offenders.  A new law passed in March 2014 has removed the registration requirement for individuals convicted of second-degree felony Indecent Assault between January 22, 2006, and January 1, 2007; Unlawful restraint (18 Pa. C.S.A. Section 2902(b)); False...

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IN THE NEWS: PGH area man allegedly shoots and kills intruder

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Blog, Blog Posts, Castle Doctrine, In the News | 0 comments

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that a Munhall, PA man shot and killed a man who had broken into his garage.  After calling 911, the homeowner informed the intruder that the police were on their way.  Munhall police reports that the intruder began an exchange of gunfire and was killed in the encounter.  Under Pennsylvania law, a person may defend himself and his home from intruders with deadly force.   For more information, go to:...

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