Blog

Marijuana DUI Laws Do Not Require Actual Impairment

Filed under: DUI by Contributor @ July 21, 2016

With more states across the country gradually legalizing marijuana use for either medical or recreational purposes, laws aimed at regulating driving while under the influence of marijuana have become an increasingly important issue. Currently, Pennsylvania’s driving under the influence of marijuana statute is very similar to its law prohibiting driving under the influence of alcohol […]

Continue reading » Leave a comment

Fourth Amendment Permits Warrantless Breath Tests, Prohibits Warrantless Blood Tests for DUI

Filed under: DUI, News by Contributor @ July 13, 2016

In a recent decision that will have a major impact on DUI cases in Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of the United States decided the case of Birchfield v. North Dakota, holding that the Fourth Amendment permits warrantless breath tests incident to arrests for drunk driving, but that it does NOT permit warrantless blood tests. Consequently, a […]

Continue reading » Leave a comment

Death of Capital Punishment in Pennsylvania

Filed under: Death Penalty Cases by Steven F. Fairlie @ July 1, 2016

This is a great article about the death of capital punishment in Pennsylvania: Marc Bookman’s article about captial punishment . However, one final nail in the coffin: the death penalty has not been imposed against the will of a killer in more than 40 years. The only three convicted murderers executed since 1976 all waived […]

Continue reading » Leave a comment

Rare Drug Delivery Resulting in Death Charges Filed in Bucks County

Filed under: News by Steven F. Fairlie @ June 30, 2016

It is very rare to see charges of Drug Delivery Resulting in Death filed, but that has just happened to a Souderton area man and woman who were arrested for deaths in Trumbauersville, Bucks County. Fake percocet pills laced with acetyl fentanyl, a substance recently called out as especially dangerous by Montgomery County District Attorney […]

Continue reading » Leave a comment

Supreme Court Permits Evidence from Unconstitutional Stop

Filed under: Criminal Law, News by Contributor @ June 28, 2016

On June 20th, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided the case of Utah v. Strieff, holding 5-3 that an officer’s subsequent discovery of an outstanding warrant for a traffic violation excused his unconstitutional stop and search of the defendant and thus evidence obtained through the illegal search could be admitted against the defendant rather […]

Continue reading » Leave a comment