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An Overview of Possession of a Controlled Substance in Pennsylvania

Every state in the nation has strict regulations on controlled dangerous substances (CDS). The state of Pennsylvania includes drugs like heroin, cocaine and marijuana, along with the various chemical compounds used to create them, on this list. Pennsylvania divides CDS into five different “schedules.” Schedule I includes the most dangerous drugs, those with no recognized… Read More »

Aggravated Assault Laws in Pennsylvania

Assault is a crime that, in Pennsylvania, may be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony. It’s considered a felony, referred to as “aggravated assault,” when it involves inflicting serious bodily injury on another person — or attempting to do so. Assaulting someone with a deadly weapon or assaulting protected public employees or officials… Read More »

What Is an Order of Protection from Abuse?

A victim of domestic violence in Pennsylvania has the right to file a petition in court for an order of protection. The court will schedule a hearing to take place within 10 days of the filing. At this hearing, the defendant may present evidence to push back against the claims the plaintiff is making. If… Read More »

Frequently Asked Questions About Pennsylvania’s Gun Laws

The state of Pennsylvania has many laws regulating ownership and purchase of firearms in the state. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions our attorneys receive on this important issue: Q: How old must I be to legally possess a firearm in the state? The minimum age for firearm possession in… Read More »

What Does Pennsylvania Law Say About Possession and Distribution of Marijuana?

There are both state and federal laws regulating the possession, sale and manufacture of marijuana. It is currently a Schedule I drug in Pennsylvania, and thus the law considers it to have a high potential for abuse and no recognized medical value. Below is a general overview of how the law treats certain marijuana-related crimes… Read More »

An Overview of Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Laws

In Pennsylvania, state law protects all people equally when it comes to sexual assault and rape, regardless of the relationship between the alleged offender and the victim. For example, there are no exceptions for a rape that occurs within a marriage. Sexual assault occurs when a person forces someone else to engage in sexual acts… Read More »

What to Know About Embezzlement Cases in Pennsylvania

Embezzlement is a subcategory of theft that involves a person entrusted to manage the money of another individual or an organization stealing some or all that money for personal profit. The defendant in this case would have had legal access to the money, but not ownership of it. There are many different scenarios in which… Read More »

Could You Go to Jail for Shoplifting in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, a shoplifting conviction can result in serious penalties, including large fines and jail time. The shoplifter could also potentially face a civil lawsuit from the victim. Pennsylvania state law refers to shoplifting as “retail theft.” This crime occurs when a person takes any piece of merchandise from a retailer without paying the full… Read More »

What Is the Difference Between Residential and Commercial Burglary?

Many people have misconceptions about what constitutes a burglary and how the law views the burglary of a home versus that of an office. Burglary occurs when a person enters a building for the purpose of committing a crime, but there are some exceptions: the building cannot be abandoned, it cannot be open to the… Read More »

Montandon, PA Pastor Arrested on Internet Child Pornography Charges

The pastor of the Montandon Baptist Church was recently arrested and charged with 20 felony counts in connection with child pornography images traded via the internet. Thomas Mile Marker, 58, has been arraigned on nine felony counts of disseminating child pornography, 10 felony counts of possessing child pornography, and one felony count of criminal use… Read More »