Author Archives: Michael Skinner

Do I Need an Attorney for ARD after a DUI Arrest in Delaware County, PA?

One of the most common questions a person might ask after a DUI arrest in Chester County or Delaware County, PA, is whether they need to hire a criminal defense attorney to help them enter the ARD program. ARD stands for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program used in the courts throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. […]

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Expect DUI Checkpoints This Halloween Season

As the drunken driving prevention campaign from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes, “There’s nothing scarier on Halloween than a drunk driver.” According to NHTSA, a staggering 43 percent of all motor vehicle deaths during the five Halloween nights between 2009 and 2013 involved drunk driving. Additionally, 26 percent of all pedestrian fatalities […]

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Sandusky Scandal Incites Pennsylvania Sex Crime Law Reform

The recent scandal behind Pen State’s former football coach, Jerry Sandusky, receiving 40 criminal counts of sexual molestation and the subsequent firing of his colleague, Joe Paterno, by the university’s Board of Trustees, has stirred legislatures to push for policy reform surrounding sexual crimes and child abuse. After the Sandusky arrest, criticism quickly turned to […]

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The Long Wait on Death Row in Pennsylvania

Although Pennsylvania ranks high among states that impose death sentences, it ranks extremely low in actually carrying them out. There are currently 208 men and women on death row for an offense such as murder in the first degree, but no one has actually been executed since 1999. A whopping total of three people have […]

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How Gun Licensing May Curb Violence in Pennsylvania

Gun violence is a very real issue in the state of Pennsylvania. As recently as early October, State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, D-159 of Chester spoke to the community about gun violence and the possible solutions to the growing problem. Although gun violence is a serious issue, going through the proper channels to obtain a legal […]

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