In the News: Pa considers underage drinking amnesty law

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Blog, Blog Posts, Proposed Laws, Summary Offenses, Underage Drinking |

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering legislation that would grant amnesty to underage drinkers who contact the police or emergency medical services in an effort “to help a friend or acquaintance with a life-threatening, alcohol-related illness.”  While the law would protect underage drinkers who call for help, it also requires that the persons give their name and information to...

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BriefLaw: Commonwealth v. Marc Brigidi

Posted by on Jul 23, 2009 in Case Law Summaries, Summary Offenses |

Commonwealth v. Marc Brigidi 2009 PA Super 123 (7/06/2009) Topic: Underage Drinking – Breathalyzer Summary: The Commonwealth must offer proof of a breathalyzer’s calibration for the results to be admissible against a defendant charged with underage drinking. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to...

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In the News: Federal judge rules that ‘flipping the bird’ is valid under 1st Amendment

Posted by on Mar 24, 2009 in In the News, Obscenity, Summary Offenses |

In 2006, Pittsburgh Police Officer Brian Elledge cited David Hackbart with disorderly conduct for displaying his middle finger to Elledge and an unnamed motorist. After Hackbart filed suit in federal court, U.S. District Court Judge David Cercone ruled that displaying one’s middle finger is protected speech under the First Amendment and is therefore not a proper basis for a disorderly conduct citation. For more information, go to:...

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In the News: PGH Police to increase enforcement for St Patrick’s Day Parade

Posted by on Mar 10, 2009 in DUI, Summary Offenses |

On Saturday, March 14, 95 Pittsburgh Police officers will be patrolling the St. Patrick’s Day parade route and the Market Square area in Downtown Pittsburgh. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will also have 20 enforcement officers on duty in Market Square. Pittsburgh Police will also have an increased presence on the South Side. During last year’s festivities, Pittsburgh Police arrested 100 revelers. For more information, go to:...

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In the News: PGH Police report on post-Super Bowl activity

Posted by on Feb 3, 2009 in In the News, Summary Offenses |

The Pittsburgh Police released a report showing the number of citations and arrests resulting from the post-Super Bowl festivities in the City of Pittsburgh. The report shows that 50 citations were issued in Oakland while 8 were issued on the South Side; and 6 people were arrested in Oakland while 4 were arrested on the South Side. Those given citations or arrested were charged with Failure to Disperse, Arson, Domestic Violence, DUI, Drug...

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Commentary: Crimes often charged after celebrations and sporting events

Posted by on Jan 31, 2009 in DUI, Summary Offenses |

Pittsburgh Police have announced that, because of the Pittsburgh Steelers playing in the Super Bowl, 500 police officers will be on duty in the City of Pittsburgh to help maintain order and protect public safety. In the aftermath of major sporting events, many who are celebrating end up facing criminal charges. There are a handful of crimes and summary offenses that are likely to be charged after a major sporting event. These offenses include:...

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