October 2018 Archives

Traffic stop leads to drug arrest of a Pennsylvania man

Pennsylvania drivers are wise not to carry anything in their cars that they do not want authorities to see in the event of a pull-over. A recent routine traffic stop led to an arrest of a 36-year-old man from Littlestown, Pennsylvania last weekend on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Is heroin really an epidemic?

You may have heard people refer to heroin usage in the United States as an epidemic. Are they just being dramatic and blowing things out of proportion? Or has there really been a deep and fundamental change in the way that Americans use this drug, despite the fact that it remains illegal to do so?

What are your Miranda rights?

If you watch cop shows in Pennsylvania or read crime novels, you are probably familiar with the standard recitation that police typically give when advising an arrestee of his or her Miranda rights. You may not have ever given this much thought, but if the police ever arrest you on criminal charges, you need to be aware of your Miranda rights. According to FindLaw, if police do not advise you of your Miranda rights prior to questioning you, the evidence obtained from the questioning is not admissible in court. 

High Court ruling paves way for charges against clergy

When most residents in Pennsylvania think about a person accused of a criminal offense may have a stereotype in their mind about that person. The profile is not often likely to involve someone considered responsible or in a position of power. The thought that a religious figure be charged with a crime may be even further from their minds. That, however, may well change soon.

Joint custody may be best for kids

Filing for divorce or legal separation is never an easy decision, especially when there are children involved. Parents may struggle when deciding whether to stay together for the kids' sake, or to separate and start over with their personal lives. One of the hardest issues to negotiate is that of child custody and determining if it is better for the child to remain in the sole custody of one parent or joint custody. Studies show, however, that when children spend a significant amount of time with both parents, they have better development, behavioral, social and academic skills than kids who spend the majority of their time with one parent.

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