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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IN THE NEWS: Drivers cited in Parkway North HOV Lane enforcement

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Blog, Blog Posts, In the News, Traffic Ticket | 0 comments

WPXI reports that 60 Pittsburgh-area drivers received traffic citations for improper use of the carpool/high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane on the Parkway North.  Under the law, the HOV lane may only be used by motorcycle operators and cars that are carrying at least two human passengers inbound from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM and outbound from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  There are no exceptions for fuel-efficient vehicles.   For more information, go to:...

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IN THE NEWS: Allegheny County DA explains right to videotape police

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Blog, Blog Posts, Constitutional Rights, In the News | 0 comments

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala issued a statement outlining the public’s right to videotape police officers. DA Zappala explained that a person has the right to videotape police officers who are on duty but people do not have the right to antagonize the officers or attempt to provoke an arrest. He also advised that police officers are not permitted to arrest individuals for videotaping police actions.  DA Zappala also...

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*UPDATED*: IN THE NEWS: 43 cited for Underage Drinking at Kenny Chesney concert in Pittsburgh, 73 More People Arrested for Other Offenses

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 in Blog, Blog Posts, In the News, Underage Drinking | 0 comments

According to the latest information, 73 people were arrested for crimes or were issued citations during the Kenny Chesney concert.  News outlets earlier reported that 43 individuals were cited for underage drinking.  The 73 arrests and citations are in addition to the underage drinking citations.  The offenses included “assaults including an indecent assault in the stadium concourse, public urination, disorderly conduct, underage...

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