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What if I’m Arrested While on ARD?

Every county handles ARD probation violations differently; however, a general violation of the program’s requirements can land you in hot water. Even an arrest and new criminal charges without a formal conviction can revoke your ARD probation. You may return…

Why Knowing the Number of PA Law Enforcement Agencies Matters

Pennsylvania has enacted laws to hold police officers accountable for misconduct, but how do citizens know that law enforcement actions are accurately reported? With PA Act 57, the legislature created a database that is supposed to track misconduct. More than…

The Problem with Online Sex Crime Sting Operations

The police will do anything to catch a suspect. They will even create fake situations online to engage people who may not have committed a sex crime without the opportunity created by the cops. An online sex crime sting involves…

Can My Social Media Be Used As Evidence?

Yes, in many cases, your social media posts can be used as evidence against you in a criminal case. However, there are ways to protect yourself. Limiting what you post could prevent the prosecutor from finding incriminating content. Always remember…

Illegal & Legal Weapons You Can Carry in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh weapon laws are broad. Knowing your local regulations is the best defense against the justice system. The type of weapon, its status, and your location all factor in when deciding whether you were lawfully or unlawfully possessing a weapon….

What Happens if You’re Arrested with Fentanyl-Laced Pills?

While heroin was once the most prevalent drug in Pennsylvania, law enforcement officers say fentanyl use has surged. This synthetic opioid is more potent than heroin and causes more than 15 overdose deaths per day in the state, according to…

How to Get the Most Out of a Plea Agreement

According to the Bureau of Justice Assistance, most criminal cases are resolved through plea bargaining. However, it can be hard to know when to accept a deal from the prosecutor. You must weigh the pros and cons of what is…

How to get Drug Paraphernalia Charges Dropped

One of the most common charges issued in the Pittsburgh area is drug paraphernalia charges. Many believe that an individual must be in possession of an illegal substance to be charged, but this is far from the truth. Drug paraphernalia…

Can Cell Phone Video Be Used as Evidence in Court?

It is very common for people to take their phones out and photograph or film exciting things in their daily lives. If you are witnessing a crime, it is understandable that you may begin recording the incident on your cell…

Do I have to get out of my car for the Police?

Are They Violating Your Rights? Knowing your rights in this day and age is extremely important while interacting with a Pittsburg police officer or other law enforcement agent in the state of Pennsylvania. Let’s say, you forgot to turn your…