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Now it may be harder for opponents to use social media posts against you in court

Filed under: Criminal Law, Litigation by Contributor @ October 22, 2018

Can your social media posts be used against you in court? The simple answer is yes, but only if the posts are properly authenticated. In light of recent hacks to social media sites like Facebook, authenticating social media posts in court is becoming more challenging. There are two basic questions that need to be answered […]

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ARD suspensions now immediately qualify for Ignition Interlock Limited License in PA

Filed under: DUI by Contributor @ October 17, 2018

Are you likely to get have your driver’s license suspended for a DUI for which you can get ARD in Pennsylvania? Senate Bill 553 in the Pennsylvania Legislature has been signed into law amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. What does this mean for you? This change applies if you get ARD or […]

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Convicted of a crime? What you need to know about teaching in Pennsylvania with a criminal record

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ October 3, 2018

If you are arrested for a crime, you may still be eligible to teach in Pennsylvania, depending on the nature of the crime. Title 24 of the Pennsylvania School Code section 1-111 enumerates the offenses for which persons are ineligible to teach: No person subject to this act shall be employed or remain employed in a […]

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Pennsylvania “Clean Slate” Law Leaves Some Questions Unanswered

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ August 16, 2018

On June 28, 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed the “Clean Slate” Bill into law. The “Clean Slate” law is intended to prevent arrests or convictions for minor crimes committed earlier in a person’s life from affecting opportunities for education, housing, and employment for years or even decades. Records sealed by the “Clean Slate” law […]

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Provide Further Guidance on Birchfield

Filed under: DUI by Steven F. Fairlie @ July 26, 2018

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has allowed an appeal to determine whether Birchfield principles (that criminal sanctions can’t be applied to warrantless or involuntary blood draws) apply to cases that were not yet finally resolved at the time the Birchfield decision was arrived at.  This might help those whose cases have been thrown out of court […]

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