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How do ignition interlock devices work?

Pennsylvanian residents who are facing DUI-related charges will likely want to know about ignition interlocking devices as well. These devices can be installed in the car of anyone convicted of a DUI-related crime, even if it's a first time offense. is a good resource for all things related to ignition interlock devices. This site talks about safety statistics first, examining the dangers that drunk driving poses. This includes the number of fatalities that occur every day because of drunk driving. 

What differentiates medical from recreational marijuana?

Pennsylvania is a state in which medical marijuana is legal, but recreational marijuana is not. Marinaro Law Firm is here to help you differentiate between these two types of marijuana as well as explain the potential repercussions still tied to illegal marijuana possession.

Medical marijuana involves you being prescribed marijuana in the same way you would get any other medication. You must have an underlying cause that needs treatment. This can include sleeping disorders, anxiety, or physical ailments that cause a patient pain like cancer, arthritis, and more.

DUI checkpoints result in multiple arrests

Residents in Pennsylvania know and understand the importance of keeping people safe when on the roads, freeways or highways. However, it is also important that the rights of all citizens are properly protected and respected. During primary holiday times, it is not uncommon for law enforcement agencies to set up checkpoints in certain locations designed to scout out drivers who are drunk. To some, this might feel a bit like being hunted out by police.

These driving under the influence checkpoints appear to be somewhat effective if you consider a large number of arrests a measure of effectiveness. The York Dispatch indicates that in York County on the day after Thanksgiving alone, a total of 16 people were arrested and charged with drunk driving offenses by the state police. One of those 16 was also arrested a second time not long after being let out of custody but it is not known what the second arrest was for.

Justice system problems are difficult to combat

There are many things that can be improved in the criminal justice system in this country. Many problems are within the prison system itself, which is difficult for some to understand since they might not have first-hand experience. Criminal justice system reform is complex, but making a difference is possible.

Two major issues need to be addressed quickly. In the criminal justice system, there is a problem with poor individuals being more likely to be stuck in the system. In addition,  health care is a major issue for those caught in the system.

What will a DUI cost you in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvanian residents live in a state that takes DUI charges very seriously. If you have been accused of driving while impaired, you will likely be facing a number of harsh possible penalties that can severely alter your life if you're convicted.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation examines impaired driving in the state. First, they break down the cost factors. You aren't just going to be looking at a traffic ticket in many cases. You'll also need to factor in things like legal fees, impound costs, license restoration, and the cost of rehabilitation or education. Not only that, but your insurance premium will likely skyrocket, too. In the end, you could be looking at an expenditure of thousands of dollars.

How does your criminal record impact your life?

In Pennsylvania, drug-related crimes are treated very seriously. Marinaro Law Firm has worked with many people who are up against drug charges and understand all too well that your entire future could hinge on the outcome of your trial.

A criminal record can affect your life in more ways than you may initially think. For example, it's common knowledge that if you get charged with a DUI (driving while under the influence), you could lose your license or have it suspended. But did you know that a criminal record can even determine things like the jobs you get, the schools you can attend, and even your housing?

Confrontation over animal cruelty results in Altoona man's arrest

It may be easy for many in Lancaster to claim that they would always be able to think clearly and act appropriately in any situation. However, when confronted with a high-stress scenario, those same people may be surprised to see how quickly fear, doubt and frustration can get the best of them and cause them to act in ways that they normally would not. If such actions escalate to the point of being criminal, the hope is that the mitigating factors that led to them will be considered before assigning fault. 

A case that recently played out in Altoona may serve as an example of how stress may prompt one into rash actions. Law enforcement authorities were summoned to a local house after receiving reports of an injured animal on the property. The animal turned out to be a Chihuahua puppy, and its injuries were later attributed to a man in the house. While questioning the man about the incident, however, he became combative and ended up punching one of the officers. This led to him being arrested and charged with the aggravated assault of a police officer on top of animal cruelty charges. 

Evidence of drug crackdowns in Lancaster County

Recently, there have been quite a few cases and convictions involving heroin in Lancaster County and Pennsylvania in general. Prosecutors seem to work overtime on these cases, pursuing those accused of drug possession or trafficking to the extent of the law.

Is not uncommon to find a single drug possession incident that results in a long list of charges. These could be difficult to understand at first, seemingly abstract when written out on a court order. However, the consequences are often all too real.

Am I responsible for my own addiction?

Pennsylvania's Lancaster area maybe nationally known for its bucolic farmland and traditional communities, but residents know that there is also a thriving commercial and academic center in the city itself. And, as you are likely aware, with modern convenience also often comes some of the temptations of contemporary society.

Some people are able to resist these influences, but you would have a hard time doing so if you were a victim of addiction. Substance dependence is often a direct result of a psychological or physiological status that makes you more vulnerable to drug problems. It would not make sense to sit back and allow a criminal proceeding to ruin your chance at recovery if you suffer from a disease you have no control over.

How can I bounce back after my divorce?

If you’ve recently gone through a divorce in Pennsylvania, you may be experiencing a lot of tumultuous emotions. Working to get your life back on track is crucial in this case, whether that entails overcoming past regrets or transforming the look of your home. Psychology Today offers the following surprising tips on how you can bounce back after a divorce.

Don’t worry about things you can’t control

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