Last year Pennsylvania passed a law which the Governor signed giving people with misdemeanor criminal records the chance to have their record expunged. Some criminal records can be expunged automatically but some will need the individual to file a petition with the court. Some convictions cannot be expunged under this law. Felony convictions cannot be […]

Loss of License for Drug Conviction

Anyone convicted of a drug offense knows there is the possibility of jail time, house arrest or probation.  The person convicted also knows he/she will be burdened with a criminal record.  What many people don’t know is that such a conviction carries a suspension of your driver’s license. Under 75 Pa.C.S.A. Section 1532(c) if a […]


My last blog was about the intersection with Facebook and the criminal law. Today the blog concerns the civil law and Facebook. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog there is a Georgia case regarding a parent’s liability for what their child writes on his/her Facebook account. In this case the […]

Car Searches According To Pennsylvania Law

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution states as follows: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to […]

DUI: Victims Speak Out

Whether in magazines or TV advertisements, attractive young men and beautiful women make drinking alcohol seem cool. Commercials for beer, wine and spirits associate the products with relaxation, having fun, or being sexy. However, never do commercials show reality: men and women driving under the influence (dui), and causing accidents leaving their victims severely injured, […]

The Cost Of Having A DUI

Repercussions from a DUI conviction significantly exceed the damage it does to your finances. Click here for more information on driving under the influence. It’s really important to know just how deep the roots of  a DUI go. Here are the top 15 costs of having a DUI on your record–just in case you think about […]

Driving Under The Influence

Causing A Death While Driving Under The Influence  Whenever a death occurs as a result of an automobile accident one of the first things the police investigate is determining whether alcohol or drugs played any part in the cause of the incident. If the driver is found to be under the influence of either substance […]

Probation And Parole

What’s The Difference? The difference between probation and parole is that one on probation has not done any jail time. One who is on parole has served a certain time in jail. Even for those who have been in jail pending the disposition of their case and are released with time served to a certain […]

Celebrities & Probation

Celebrities are not immune from law-breaking. From drunk driving, to assault, to shoplifting, those who have it all seem to make some very poor decisions in life. Chris Brown, Mel Gibson, and Hugh Grant has all spent time on (or are currently on) probation, living under the ever watchful eye of a probation officer watching […]

Traffic Violations

Pennsylvania, like most states, has a point system along with a suspension of driver’s license for those drivers who violate traffic laws in the state. Certain violations or an accumulation of points can cause a suspension of your license. Point System Title 75 Section 1535 lays out the points given for particular violations. Most violations […]

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