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What to Do When You Are Falsely Accused of a Crime in Pennsylvania

False criminal accusations in Pennsylvania can completely alter your life and tarnish your reputation. Whether you’re accused of theft, assault, drug possession, or any other criminal offense, understanding your rights and taking proactive measures is paramount. If you are falsely…

What Are Your Rights When the Police Pull You Over in Pennsylvania?

There’s often a misunderstanding on what a police officer can and cannot do during a traffic stop in Pennsylvania. In an effort to be compliant with police and act in good faith, you might end up making self-incriminating statements or…

What College Students Should Expect if Charged with a Crime in PA

PA universities, colleges, and technical institutes are remarkable centers of learning. But sometimes, college students learn lessons the hard way if they are arrested or charged with a crime. In mild scenarios, these charges could translate to a warning from…

How to Deal with Disorderly Conduct Charges in Pittsburgh

Even though disorderly conduct is often charged as a summary offense in PA, which is the least serious of crimes, you can still face jail and other negative consequences if convicted. The penalties are even tougher if you are facing…

Criminal Convictions That May Disqualify You From a CCW Permit in Pennsylvania

Charged With a Crime in Pennsylvania? It May Affect Your CCW Permit Under the Second Amendment, we have the right to bear arms. However, this right is not unlimited. This means that under certain circumstances, your right to carry a…

What Is Veterans Court in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania’s Veterans Treatment Court (usually called Veterans Court) is an alternative to incarceration for veterans facing criminal charges. Based on similar effective programs (such as Drug Courts), this specialized program helps veterans connect with resources for addiction, mental illness, or…

Should You Plead No Contest to a DUI Charge in Pittsburgh, PA?

If you find yourself facing a DUI charge in Allegheny County, you may wonder what a no contest, or “nolo contendere,” plea is and whether it might be a good option for you. Nolo Contendere is Latin for “I do…

DUI Blood, Breath, & Urine Tests in Pennsylvania

Being pulled over on suspicion of a DUI can be a stressful experience. Pennsylvania police officers may ask you to prove your sobriety and test your blood alcohol content (BAC) through a series of tests and questions. If you fail…

How to Get a DUI Expunged in Pennsylvania

Having a DUI record in Pennsylvania can be a major setback when it comes to applying for jobs, submitting rental applications, seeking professional licenses, and pursuing opportunities where a criminal background check is required. While many offenses can’t be erased…

When Does Self-Defense Justify a Violent Crime in Pennsylvania?

You always have the right to defend yourself from harm. However, self-defense laws in Pennsylvania can be vague and don’t apply to every case. If you injure or kill someone out of self-defense, it will likely be up to a…