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Criminal Defense Archives

PSU fatal hazing case takes material step forward

It likely came as little surprise late last week to members of the student body and other individuals intimately involved with PSU that somber developments surfaced regarding the hazing-related death of a would-be fraternity brother during a so-called "bid acceptance night" this past February.

Do I qualify for an expungement?

By some estimates, one in three adults in the United States has a criminal record. For many people, these are for low-level offenses like marijuana possession, disorderly conduct or DUI. Unfortunately, that one-time mistake can stain a person’s record for decades. For some people, that can make it hard to find jobs that pay well.

Theft offenses can bring surprisingly heavy penalties

Although the term "theft" can be broadly construed as an umbrella-type depiction embracing a number of unlawful acts, it generally conveys a situation where an individual has taken property from another person or company without consent and intends to personally profit from that taking.

Arrests: An annual byproduct of State Patty's Day

The now relatively long-tenured period of mass revelry that marks the annual State Patty's weekend (since 2007) for students, other local State College residents and an increasingly growing number of participants incoming from other parts of Pennsylvania and adjoining states was its usual eventful self this year.

Asset forfeiture and the rights of the state to take your property

As more lawmakers and activists talk about reforms to the criminal justice system, one of the topics that always comes up is asset forfeiture. This little understood concept is one of the most powerful tools that the federal government and Pennsylvania have at their disposal; it is also a power that they frequently abuse.

Former Penn State All-American to face assault charges

Football fans in State College were treated to an amazing season from the Penn State squad - a season that ultimately ended in a heartbreaking defeat to USC in the Rose Bowl. But, nonetheless, it was a season that almost saw Penn State among the final four teams to advance to the College Football Playoff.

PSU student demographic: young, hopeful, vulnerable

If you perchance happen to be a PSU student, you're undoubtedly a unique individual possessed of curiosity, a passion for learning and excitement for the future. Candidly, many older adults envy you for those traits and deeply respect your drive and aspirations (with your parents, of course, thinking about such things all the time).

Taking the right approach to your criminal defense strategy

No Pennsylvania resident wants to be arrested and charged with a crime. But, the reality is that this happens every day. People in Pennsylvania can face misdemeanor charges, like driving while intoxicated or drug possession charges, or they can face more serious felony charges, such as battery charges, burglary charges or robbery charges. There are quite a few ways to break the law, and the criminal justice system in Pennsylvania will hold guilty people accountable to the fullest extent of the law.