January 2018 Archives

Pennsylvania schoolgirls facing serious charges for food prank

The school years can be difficult for children and teenagers. They may not only have to endure bullying and peer pressure but can also be faced with difficult decisions. It is not always easy to know what is right and wrong, especially when friends are influencing them on what to do. However, it is important for children and parents in Pennsylvania to understand that some things that may be thought of as harmless jokes can be considered bullying and may even result in criminal charges.

When can I lose my right to own a gun?

If you are like many Pennsylvania residents, your Second Amendment right to bear arms is very dear to you. If you are like most gun owners, you are a good person who possesses, stores and uses his or her guns in a highly responsible manner. Even a good person, however, can make a mistake and lose his or her right to own a gun.

New Justice Department policy encourages marijuana prosecutions

Pennsylvania is one of 29 states that have legalized marijuana for medical use. Seven of these states, of which Pennsylvania is not one, have gone further and legalized the recreational use of marijuana as well as its medical use. The marijuana industry is big business. Over 4,500 dispensaries across the country sell it, bringing in an estimated $6 billion per year. At least 27 of these dispensaries are in Pennsylvania.

Intent to kill not present with involuntary manslaughter charge

It can be frightening to be blamed for a fatality and to face charges as a result. If you were accused of unintentionally causing the death of another person, you are probably facing manslaughter charges. At the Marinaro Law Firm, we often deal with people who are looking at an uncertain future after an accidental death. It may help you and other Pennsylvania residents to understand what defines involuntary manslaughter.

Top ways to prepare your wallet for divorce

In general, divorce is not easy for anyone. It often takes both an emotional and physical toll. In addition, without some planning, it can put a major dent in your finances. Even if you end up with a substantial amount of your marital assets, you might still find yourself in a financial mess if you do not make some key preparations.

What is aggravated indecent assault?

If you are charged with aggravated indecent assault in Pennsylvania, this is a statutory charge that is unique to our state. Were you charged with committing the same act(s) in another state, the charge would be different. As explained by AgeOfConsent.net, Pennsylvania’s aggravated indecent assault statute is aimed at people who illegally penetrate, however slightly, the anus or genitals of a child under the age of 16 with some part of their own body.

What is the difference between simple and aggravated assault?

If you are a Pennsylvania resident who has been charged with assault, you may be unclear as to exactly what you are alleged to have done. As FindLaw explains, there are two types of assault in Pennsylvania, simple and aggravated. If you are charged with simple assault, that is a misdemeanor. If you are charged with aggravated assault, however, that is a felony.

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