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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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Governor Wolf Signs House Bill 1952

Filed under: Sex Crimes by Contributor @ June 26, 2018

In July 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found that the current version of Pennsylvania’s sexual offender registry law was punitive, making it unconstitutional to impose retroactively. The effects of this decision would have removed thousands of people from the registry who were sentenced before the current version of the state’s registration law (SORNA) took effect […]

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Bucks County Diversionary Program for Drug Possession

Filed under: Drug Crimes by Contributor @ June 5, 2018

A new diversionary program for drug possession cases has been created by an Order signed by Bucks County President Judge, The Honorable Jeffrey L. Finley.  Starting on July 1, 2018, those charged with drug offenses under Sections 780-113(a)(16) (possession), (31) (possession of a small amount of marijuana), and (32) (possession of drug paraphernalia) of the […]

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Medical Marijuana Patients Must Choose: Their Prescription or Their Firearms

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ May 20, 2018

Pennsylvania recently joined several other states in passing a law permitting the use of medical marijuana as treatment for certain serious medical conditions and illnesses. As a new state to operate a medical marijuana program, authorities are warning patients that federal law bars users of marijuana, still a Schedule 1 drug under Federal Law, from […]

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