Author Archives: Michael Skinner

Alcohol Is Not the Only Way to Get a DUI in Pennsylvania this Labor Day

Labor Day holiday weekend is unofficially the end of summer for many Pennsylvanians. This leads to many people with the day off work Monday staying out late one last time during the weekend. Whether its cookouts or nights out at local bars, many people will partake in alcoholic beverages. Increased police presence and the likelihood […]

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Child pornography charges carry great stigma, but can aim at the wrong person

National news has turned its attention to Subway pitchman Jared Fogle, whose home was raided this week in a child pornography investigation. Fogle was the subject of much shaming and his employer severed its relationship with him. Fogle was not charged, and the investigation was actually aimed at an employee. Child pornography investigations can be […]

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Possible Changes to Pennsylvania’s Expungement Statute

On January 15, 2015, Pennsylvania Senate bill SB 166 was introduced, which would allow persons with certain misdemeanor convictions to expunge their records. This is an updated version of a similar bill that was proposed in 2013, but never voted upon. Currently, the law allows for expungement of convictions only in the following limited circumstances: […]

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The Second Amendment and Weapons Charges

American citizens have the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. However, some people do not realize there still are restrictions on who can possess firearms and what types of weapons are considered legal. People who violate these laws still could face weapons charges. The Second Amendment of the United […]

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What Happens in a Protective Order Hearing?

When a person is a victim of domestic violence, he or she may be able to protect themselves with a protective order. The protective order, also known as a restraining order, limits the interaction between people, which is seen as an essential way to keep victims safe. A judge also could impose other restrictions if […]

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Keeping Your License After a DUI Arrest

When a person is arrested for driving under the influence, he or she could face immediate consequences, such as having driving privileges suspended or revoked. This often is one of the hardest parts of a DUI arrest because it could create issues with employment and education. However, there are options and ways you can fight […]

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When is Registration as a Sex Offender Required?

When a person is convicted of a sexually based offense, he or she could face severe and long-term consequences, including being required to register as a sex offender. This could mean difficulty finding a job, restrictions on housing and a reputation as a potentially dangerous person. If a Pennsylvania resident has been convicted of one […]

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Philadelphia’s New Marijuana Law: What Suburbanite Pennsylvanians Should Know

With the enactment of City Bill 140377-A[1] which took effect on October 20, 2014, Philadelphia is now one of the largest metropolitan jurisdictions to formally decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession. In taking this step towards reformation of marijuana penalties, Philadelphia City Council follows the likes of Washington D.C. and other major cities which have […]

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Consequences of Drug Trafficking Offenses: Pennsylvania’s Controlled Substance Forfeiture Act

Recently, the Philadelphia Inquirer published an article regarding the draconian forfeiture policies of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.[1] The Sourovelis’ told the story of their son, who was caught selling just $40 of drugs outside the home he shared with his parents. Even after the crime and punishment had concluded, and even after their son […]

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Expect DUI Checkpoints This Holiday Season

The holiday season means holiday parties, and no one knows this better than local law enforcement agencies. They’ll be on the lookout around West Chester for people driving under the influence, from now until after New Year’s.  During this time of year, state troopers set up checkpoints along routes to stop drivers and check for […]

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