December 2017 Archives

Create an escape plan before leaving an abusive marriage

Despite the best intentions, not every marriage ends in happily ever after. It is especially tragic when one spouse is abusive toward the other. At the Marinaro Law Firm, we understand that domestic violence is a serious problem in Pennsylvania, as well as across the country. It is also important for you to understand the steps to take when escaping an abusive relationship.

Did the police officer have a good reason to pull you over?

Imagine driving through Lancaster on a Friday night. After spending a few hours with your friends at your favorite bar, you decide to head home for the night. Halfway to your house, a police officer pulls you over. The next thing you know, you are in the back of a squad car and heading to jail.

Former rowing coach accused of inappropriate behavior

Pennsylvania residents have all but been bombarded with stories in the media lately about men in positions of power being accused of inappropriately wielding that power over young women. These acts most commonly include allegations of sexual misconduct in some form and most of them happened many years ago and even many decades ago yet it is only now that the women involved are brining the topics up.

What is Pennsylvania's age of consent?

Among the topics making news headlines in Pennsylvania and around the nation frequently these days is that concerning alleged inappropriate relationships or conduct. If at least one of the parties involved in a situation is under the age of 18, the potential for accusations of statutory rape to be alleged enters the equation. Just what can be considered statutory rape in Pennsylvania?

Court says DUI blood test results not admissable

Pennsylvania drivers who are ever stopped by a police officer and questioned for suspected drunk driving should know that the law provides specific rights to them in this process. Regardless of whether or not a person is guilty of some action that breaks a law, they have the right to be treated fairly and members of law enforcement are required to follow certain protocol. When this does not happen, there may be ramifications that change the direction of a criminal case.

What are the penalties for a DUI conviction?

If you are convicted of driving under the influence in Pennsylvania, you could face serious consequences, even if this is your first DUI offense. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the level of your blood alcohol content plus any prior DUI convictions you have are taken into account when determining your penalties.

Can law enforcement search your vehicle during a traffic stop?

Getting pulled over for speeding or other traffic violations in Pennsylvania is not all that uncommon. However, if a law enforcement officer pulls you over for a traffic violation and asks if he or she can search your vehicle, you do not have to consent to the search. In fact, you should not do so.

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