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Supreme Court case protects suspects' property rights

In many states, including Pennsylvania, police have the right to seize property when there is reason to suspect that the property may have been connected with a crime.

For instance, in the case of alleged drug crimes that involve a vehicle, police may impound the vehicle and, ultimately, sell it in order to raise money for their department.

Pennsylvania license suspensions for DUI charges

College students and others in the area of Indiana, Pennsylvania, rely on their vehicles to get them to class, work and other places where they need to go.

When one thinks about it, if he or she could not drive legally, getting on with life could quickly get quite difficult. Yet, this is exactly the challenge people who have been accused of DUI, possibly even if it is a first-time offense, will face.

How might a criminal case affect my studies?

This blog has on previous occasions mentioned that a college student who gets in trouble for a crime may also have his or her educational goals affected. This is true even if the student is a first-time offender and manages to avoid jail.

The reason is that many common campus crimes are also violations of the rules of local and nearby colleges, including Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Man facing meth charges after traffic stop

A man who was initially stopped in Indiana County for running a stop sign wound up being charged with operating a meth lab and other serious charges that could land the 30-year-old in prison. In addition to drug crimes, the man is also facing a charge of driving after being suspended for drunk driving.

The case was one in which one thing led to another. When police stopped the man, they discovered that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on unrelated charges. They then arrested the man and allegedly located a little marijuana on him. They then searched his car and discovered what they thought was evidence of his having a meth lab in his car.

Field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests: Do you have to take them?

It's always a good idea to safely pull over as soon as you can if you see flashing red and blue lights from a patrol car in your rear-view mirror. If a Pennsylvania police officer thinks you're trying to speed off rather than appropriately respond to his or her attempt to make a traffic stop, it can wind up making matters worse.

Once you pull off the road, however, you may have to make numerous decisions based on what the officer says and does from that point on. What you say and do can greatly affect your situation, especially if you wind up facing drunk driving charges. If the officer asks you to step out of your vehicle, you can bet he or she suspects you of impaired driving. How well you understand your rights ahead of time may have a significant impact on the ultimate outcome of your situation.

If I blew under .08, am I off the hook?

As many Indiana, Pennsylvania, residents and students who attend school in the area know, .08 blood alcohol content, or BAC, is what is referred to as a legal limit in this state for drunk driving purposes.

However, the term legal limit can be a bit misleading, as it is possible for a person to blow under .08 BAC, or not be tested at all, and still face a DUI charge.

Drinking underage in Pennsylvania: what is the penalty?

Many students in high school and underage individuals partake in drinking when they are under the legal age of 21. While that may be true, the state of Pennsylvania takes underage drinking seriously, which is why there are severe consequences to the act. On top of this, underage drinking and driving is a serious offense which garners even greater punishment.

According to Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), within the last month over 25 percent of individuals aged 12-20 have consumed alcohol. That statistic noted, what is the penalty for underage drinking in Pennsylvania?

Stricter DUI law takes effect in time for holidays

A new law that will allow police and prosecutors to punish some of those accused of drunk driving more harshly than in years past just went in to effect here in Pennsylvania.

College students who may be remaining in the Indiana, Pennsylvania area for the holidays, as well as locals who may have plans to celebrate the New Year, should be aware of this new law.

Protecting your future at college after a criminal charge

College is a fun and exciting time for young people in Pennsylvania, as well as time in which they are under the mounting pressures of having to live, sometimes for the first time, an adult life with adult responsibilities.

Stress and a desire to have fun can prove to be a risky combination for college students, however, especially when one throws in the alcohol and drugs that, even if illegal, are common on and around college campuses.

Anger management problems could result in assault charges

When you face an argument or upsetting event, your first instinct may be to react harshly. You may make mean comments, storm away or possibly even become physical by breaking objects or having aggressive contact with another person. If so, you could have an anger problem.

Of course, you may first think that everyone gets angry, and just because you get angrier than other people does not mean that you have a problem. However, not realizing that a problem exists is often something that individuals with anger issues experience. You may have even had moments where you wanted to react differently, but your anger got the better of you.

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