Misdemeanors Archives

New year, clean slate in Pennsylvania

Many people see the start of a new year as an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start again. Thanks to a new law that took effect in Pennsylvania last month, many people with histories of arrests or convictions will be able to seal criminal records so that landlords and employers, among others, will no longer be able to access them. The law goes by the name Clean Slate because that is essentially what it does for the people it affects. 

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.

Breaking down shoplifting

Pennsylvanian residents, especially the younger ones, may know about the recent shoplifting "trend". Younger people are stealing from stores for thrill or as a form of supposed protest against corporations. However, this theft affects real businesses and employees, and those who steal may not get off as lightly as they seem to believe.

The basics of curfew laws

As Pennsylvania youths get older, they may love the thought of staying out later at night. As a parent, you know that teenagers may not always consider curfew laws and what might happen if these laws are broken. At the Marinaro Law Firm, we are committed to helping you and your teenagers understand their options if your teens find themselves in trouble with the law.

Jail nurse sentenced to 23 months

People in Pennsylvania who are charged with criminal offenses may find that entering into a plea agreement is a reasonable option for them. This may happen whether they are charged with a felony or a misdemeanor. A plea agreement does not necessarily mean that a person will not experience some penalty but the outcome may be less severe than otherwise depending on the nature of the deal.

Understanding points on your driver's license

When you receive a driver's license in Pennsylvania, you need to know that the state has the ability to suspend your license if you amass a certain number of points. Points are added to your driving record when you are cited for various traffic infractions. The number of points added to your license may vary based upon the nature of the infraction. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, most citations result in two or three points being added to your license but some offenses will add four or even five points at one time.

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