December 2018 Archives

Have a past DUI? Beware new Pennsylvania law

The families of 30 victims who perished in drunk driving accidents have worked with state legislators for years to increase penalties for repeat DUI offenders in Pennsylvania. On Sunday, their efforts finally came to fruition as a new law cracking down on those caught driving under the influence more than once went into effect, just in time for year-end holiday celebrations. 

Preparing for a Pennsylvania child support hearing

Child support is often requested from parents who are not the primary custodian of their children. The calculation method for how much child support a parent should be paying is generally straightforward, and is primarily dependent on the parent's income. However, personal situations are never so simple, and you may have found it difficult or impossible to keep up with child support payments.

Is alimony the same thing as spousal support?

In many states, the terms "alimony" and "spousal support" are essentially interchangeable. The legal system in these states may consider the term "alimony" out of date and prefer the term "spousal support" instead. In Pennsylvania, however, the terms alimony and spousal support refer to arrangements that take place at different points in the divorce process. If you and your spouse are in the midst of a divorce, it may be helpful to understand the difference between the two terms in the eyes of Pennsylvania law.

Making one household into two

Nothing about divorce in Pennsylvania is easy, but some of the most significant concerns you may have in a divorce are financial in nature. Where you and your spouse once shared the same home, all your possessions in common and the financial responsibility for your children, now you will have to find a way to divide the property equitably and arrange for the continued support of your children and, potentially, your former spouse.

What constitutes shoplifting?

Shoplifting may seem like a minor crime, but it affects everyone in Pennsylvania. When someone shoplifts, it costs money to retailers and eventually impacts consumers. That is why retailers are very strict when it comes to suspected shoplifting situations. However, there may be a time when a retailer accuses you of shoplifting when you do not feel you are guilty. To understand what this crime is, you need to know how the law defines it.

How to challenge evidence in your DUI trial

When it comes to any criminal law matter, the defendant will remain innocent until -- and only if -- the prosecution proves that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The burden of proof, therefore, lies in the hands of the prosecution. During the criminal law process, the defendant will have every opportunity to cast doubt on the prosecution's interpretation of the facts.

What differentiates medical from recreational marijuana?

Pennsylvania is a state in which medical marijuana is legal, but recreational marijuana is not. Marinaro Law Firm is here to help you differentiate between these two types of marijuana as well as explain the potential repercussions still tied to illegal marijuana possession.

DUI checkpoints result in multiple arrests

Residents in Pennsylvania know and understand the importance of keeping people safe when on the roads, freeways or highways. However, it is also important that the rights of all citizens are properly protected and respected. During primary holiday times, it is not uncommon for law enforcement agencies to set up checkpoints in certain locations designed to scout out drivers who are drunk. To some, this might feel a bit like being hunted out by police.

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