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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.

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.

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?

Pennsylvania's definition of rape

You have probably seen, read or heard reports of someone being accused of a sex crime in Pennsylvania many times. However, have you ever stopped to think about just what a particular criminal charge really means. There are very clear definitions that the law uses when identifying a particular offense. When it comes to rape, the Pennsylvania General Assembly indicates that actual sexual intercourse is involved.

Woman accused of drugged driving in fatal accident

Pennsylvania residents who are charged with criminal offenses should be able to trust that their rights will be protected just as much as the rights of those alleged to have been harmed. This is a basic tenet of our nation's criminal justice system yet sometimes is hard for defendants to believe is possible. Media reports alone can make people feel that they are convicted before they are even fully tried.

The details of murder charges

Unlike a misdemeanor charge, which is minor in the United States, a felony is a much more serious matter. The felony murder rule in Pennsylvania is split into different categories, depending on the fault of the perpatrator. 

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