March 2019 Archives

Supreme Court denies delay on bump stock ban

Over the past nine years, approximately 500,000 Americans, some in Pennsylvania, legally purchased bump stocks, devices that allow semiautomatic weapons to function like machine guns. Following several high-profile mass shooting events, including one in Las Vegas in which a gunman fired a total of 1,100 rounds and killed 59 people, the U.S. Department of Justice ruled in favor of a bump stock ban in December 2018. The ban went into effect on Tuesday, and now it is a felony to own the devices. American bump stock owners now must either destroy them or turn them in to authorities. 

Making sense of the Pennsylvania equitable distribution standard

For many people staring down the reality of a pending divorce, the biggest question is how the courts will split their assets and debts. Almost everyone has heard a horror story from someone who claims that the courts unfairly gave everything to their ex or left them with the bill for someone else's compulsive spending habit.

What is a RICO violation?

Should you find yourself facing federal charges in Pennsylvania for having committed a RICO violation, you may well wonder just exactly what illegal acts the government alleges you committed. The U.S. Department of Justice states that Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act in 1970 to provide federal investigators and prosecutors with the tools they required to go after Mafia racketeering.

What a protection from abuse order can do

We at Marinaro Law Firm know that divorce in Pennsylvania is never easy, but if you receive abusive treatment from a spouse whom you are trying to divorce, whether it has been going on for a while or your intention to divorce was the inciting factor, it can make the divorce even more complicated. Right now, your safety is more important than all other considerations. If you have reason to fear violence from your spouse, you can obtain an order of protection from abuse against him or her.

What are the consequences of teens sharing drugs?

It happens every day throughout Pennsylvania and the country as a whole — teens meet after school or on the weekends at local parks, in basements or at parties to smoke marijuana or get high on other controlled substances together. If you are like most parents, you say, "Not my kid," but the truth is, teens can access drugs easier than ever before. According to Psychology Today, a large number of teens report having drugs brought right to their front doors while their parents are home. Others admit to buying their drugs on the internet and receiving them via mail. If law enforcement catches your teen sharing his or her drugs, the state may not charge him or her with simple possession. Rather, your teen may face drug distribution charges.

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