June 2017 Archives

What are the benefits of a QDRO?

If you are one of the many Pennsylvania residents who must give a portion of your 401K savings to your spouse as part of your divorce settlement, you will want to know about the qualified domestic relations order. Many people might thinkj it seems logical that if you include details of how an account should be split in your divorce decree you should be able to take money out of the account and give it to your former spouse with no issue. However, this is not so.

What is the one-leg field sobriety test?

If you are like many people in Pennsylvania, you might have heard references to field sobriety tests in discussions related to drunk driving arrests. However, do you really know what these tests are and whether or not they are accurate? FieldSobrietyTests.org explains that there are three such tests approved for use by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yet none of them are completely accurate.

Growing marijuana in Pennsylvania is still a felony

Marijuana laws have been changing around the country, and Pennsylvania is no exception to that trend. Most recently, Pennsylvania made national news when licenses were issued to twelve companies to grow marijuana under the state's medical marijuana program. These twelve companies are the only businesses or individuals who can legally grow marijuana in the state of Pennsylvania. Even those who receive doctor recommendations and state medical marijuana permits are not permitted to grow marijuana in their homes or elsewhere. Doing so is still a felony under Pennsylvania state law.

Supreme Court takes on cell phone tracking

People across Pennsylvania, and throughout the nation, keep their cell phones close at hand almost constantly and use them for communicating, as well as for numerous other tasks, such as taking photos and getting directions. While the technology helps greatly in daily life, the information our phones both store and transmit is often at issue in criminal cases.

Should every school drug search be considered reasonable?

One June 1, a Sheriff and 29 deputies shut down a high school for four hours and searched virtually all 900 students. The searches were quite intrusive, with at least one boy reporting that his genitals were cupped or groped. Girls reported officers putting fingers inside their bras and underwear. It was confusing and upsetting to everyone, but especially to the special education students.

Think carefully about your actions when you are 'on paper'

People who are on probation or parole are often said to be "on paper" by people familiar with the criminal justice system. If you are on probation or parole, you must ensure that you are in full compliance with the program's requirements. If you violate the conditions of the program, you could face legal action for a probation or parole violation.

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