Tag Archives: Pennsylvania

Westchester Defense Attorney Discusses the Criminal Justice Reform Act Recently Signed into Law

  In what may be one of the most dramatic reforms in recent Pennsylvania history, the Criminal Justice Reform Act was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett in July. Looking to remedy the inherent flaws and growing strain on the inefficient Pennsylvania justice system, the Act hopes to reduce prison populations and cut costs […]

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Chester County Defense Attorney Discusses State Taxpayer Money Spent on Keeping Non-Violent Inmates Incarcerated

  New statistics regarding money spent on the Pennsylvania Corrections System were recently released, and unsurprisingly, they highlight some major issues with how the system operates. The most worrisome number mentioned by The Council of State Governments Justice Center, is the $49 million in taxpayer money used in 2010 to house non-violent offenders beyond the […]

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Controversial New Pennsylvania Wiretapping Bill Discussed by West Chester Criminal Defense Attorney

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives recently passed a revised wiretapping bill that would expand on the ability for law enforcement agencies to track suspected criminals. House Bill 2400 was voted through with overwhelming support, 145 to 52 on June 13, 2012. The bill contains some helpful provisions that would aid in developing a more effective […]

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Chester County Attorney Discusses Court Decision that Gives Added Protection to Juvenile Offenders

A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision has lead to additional protections being given to juvenile offender who get in legal trouble. These protections mostly pertain to the proper dissemination of juvenile offender information and the prevention of the school’s ability to take disciplinary measures for when a child gets in trouble off the school premises. […]

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West Chester Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses Supreme Court Argument Regarding Life Sentences Without Parole for Juvenile Offenders

The topic of juvenile offender sentencing has received national attention recently when the United States Supreme Court held arguments regarding the prospect of limiting the harshest of these juvenile punishments. This is particularly important to those in Pennsylvania, considering the state has the largest concentration of juvenile offenders who have been sentenced to life without […]

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Marijuana Usage among High School Seniors Reaches 30 Year Record “High;” West Chester Marijuana Crimes Attorney Michael Skinner Discusses Trend and Pennsylvania Marijuana Laws

According to the 2011 Monitoring the Future Survey (MTF) released last week by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana usage among the nation’s high school teens has steadily increased over the past four years, with high school seniors hitting a 30 year record peak in 2011.  The findings come as a result after surveying […]

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West Chester DUI Lawyer Michael Skinner Examines Increased DUI and DUID Arrests In Pennsylvania

  The end of 2011 closed out a decade of extreme and tough efforts by the Pennsylvania State Police on protecting the state’s roads and highways from drivers impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.  In 2010, Pensylvania arrests for driving under the influence set a record number and the police’s ninth consecutive year in which the […]

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Violent Crimes Attorney Michael J. Skinner Discusses Pennsylvania Armed Bank Robbery Laws and Punishments

Lamont Laprade, of Huntington, W.Va., was found guilty of robbing a bank at gunpoint in western Pennsylvania, Friday.  Authorities arrested Lamont Laprade as the getaway driver during a robbery and shooting of a teller at the Westmoreland Community Federal Credit Union, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, in January 2010.  45-year-old David Mathis, of Crafton, was also accused […]

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West Chester Traffic Crimes Attorney Discusses Law Enforcement Traffic Stop Increases during 2011 Holiday Season

During this 2011 holiday season, Pennsylvania state police are out in full force.  The standard increase in sheer number of officers alone is a given as well as their low tolerance level for criminal traffic offenses.  We assume they are looking for speeders and drunk drivers, and they are; however, this year, Pennsylvania state police […]

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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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