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Drug Education Program Available to First Time Drug Offenders

Filed under: Drug Crimes by Contributor @ March 8, 2017

With the rise in drug-related offenses across the greater Philadelphia area, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and Lower Providence Police Department announced the launch of a new drug education program for young drug offenders. The Drug Education and Abuse Prevention program (D.E.A.P.) is a voluntary pilot program for 18 to 26 year olds arrested […]

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Field Test Utilized by Police Often Inaccurate

Filed under: Drug Crimes by Contributor @ August 5, 2016

  Police departments across the country utilize field test kits in order to determine whether a particular substance they find in the possession of a suspect is indeed a controlled substance. However, it is becoming clear as time goes on that these kits, which often cost around $2 and have changed very little since the […]

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PA Laws Grant Immunity to Overdose Victims and Those Who Assist Them

Filed under: Drug Crimes by Contributor @ June 22, 2016

In an attempt to curtail fatal drug overdoses, Pennsylvania and many other states have amended their drug laws to provide immunity for people who suffer drug overdoses and those who assist overdose victims. This immunity only applies to charges like drug and paraphernalia possession, as well as parole and probation violations. Drug-induced homicides and delivery […]

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Battle Brewing Over Reincarnation of Mandatory Minimum Sentences in PA

Filed under: Criminal Law, Drug Crimes, News by Contributor @ December 21, 2015

House Bill 1601, sponsored by Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) and Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) has passed the House with a vote of 143 to 54. The Bill was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 30, 2015. There is opposition to the passage of the bill in the Pennsylvania Senate which is currently seeking […]

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To Err is Canine? An Opportunity for a Challenge to Drug Sniffs in Pennsylvania

Filed under: Drug Crimes by Contributor @ August 4, 2015

Recently, the United States 7th Circuit of Appeals, a federal appeals court based out of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana, released a decision (United States v. Bentley) that seriously throws into question the reliability of drug dog sniffs as a justification for a police search. In that seminal case, the panel pointed out that the dog […]

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