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January 2017 Archives

Understanding Pennsylvania's assault laws

Students getting back into the swing of things for the spring semester at Penn State also means plenty of late nights spent partying at campus bars. For some students, excessive alcohol consumption also means a loss of good judgment. If someone looks at you the wrong way, bumps in to you or says something mean, a minor slight could quickly turn into a fight. This is not uncommon to see on a Saturday night in State College.

I have a clean record. What can I do to keep it that way?

Everyone makes mistakes. For some college students, however, a mistake or an attempt at "harmless fun" could have serious effects on your future. Just one misdemeanor criminal conviction or arrest tied to your name could make it hard to find a job once you graduate. It could mean being unable to move to a different state to explore new possibilities.

When celebrating big wins can turn into criminal charges

Every year, there are news reports across the country of overzealous college students taking to the streets to celebrate a big win by their school in football or basketball. It was no different recently at Penn State, when the Nittany Lions won the Big 10 football championship game.