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Posts tagged "criminal defense"

Woman wins a gun, paperwork error gets her charged with a felony

A 46-year old Tyrone woman probably thought she had gotten lucky when she won a drawing for a gun. She had entered the raffle at a Rush Township business, and the prize was a Remington 597 .22 caliber long rifle. She went to pick up the gun in January of last year.

2 facing felonies, 'defiant trespassing' charge for bar break-in

Two young men have been charged with felony burglary and several misdemeanor charges after allegedly breaking into The Saloon bar on Hiester Street early Sunday. The misdemeanor charges included theft, possession of controlled substances and "defiant trespassing," which involves continuing to trespass after being given notice to leave.

Pennsylvania government highlighting the 'Pathway to Pardons'

When people think of pardons, they often think about the president or a governor pardoning someone facing the death penalty or some other serious offense. People don't often think about the millions of people out there - in Pennsylvania and across the country - who spend every day dealing with the effects of having a criminal conviction on their records.

2 more Penn State fraternities suspended due to alcohol violations

University officials announced over the weekend that two more fraternities will be suspended. That brings the total to six fraternities suspended this year. The university suspended three others in 2015.

Does the government have access to your emails?

If you've ever wondered whether the U.S. Department of Justice has asked Microsoft or Google for your emails, you're probably still wondering. That's because the DOJ often issues gag orders that prevent your email service from letting you know you're under investigation.

The steps a field sobriety test consists of

When drivers in Pennsylvania and other states are pulled over by a police officer, it is likely they are in a slight panic mode. No motorist likes to get pulled over, and no motorist ever enjoys getting a ticket following a stop. What about stops that involve more than just a simple traffic violation? If an officer is under the suspicion that a driver is under the influence of alcohol, a driver will be subjected to some tests. It is not only important to understand what these tests are but also why they are used. This awareness could help a driver assert defenses if he or she is facing a drunk driving charge.

Why you need to remember your right to remain silent

A run-in with the police is almost never a pleasant experience. Whether you are the one being arrested, or police just want to ask you a few questions, speaking with police can make most people nervous. This is especially true for young adults like Penn State students, many of whom have never had to deal with the police before.

Bank manager's concern over check results in local man's arrest

In the digital age, you might have wondered whether anyone in the banking industry is paying attention to small cues that something just isn't right with a check. In the old days, the signature might be matched to a sample before funds were released. In today's world, it's easy to assume that computerization has moved us beyond that kind of personalized attention.

DOJ forensic science group to set standards for testimony

In 2015, the Department of Justice initiated an effort to review federal standards for forensic evidence and testimony. The move was in response to FBI revelations that its microscopic hair analysis unit had overstated the scientific certainty of their evidence in over 90 percent of cases the agency reviewed. The FBI's revelations and others have led to serious concerns about the reliability of several common forensic techniques and how analysts are trained to testify about them.