Medical Marijuana will soon be available closer to home

Filed under: Drug Crimes, News by Contributor @ February 12, 2019

  Eligible for medical marijuana? Soon you can find it even closer to home. A medical marijuana dispensary was approved to open in Horsham at 255 Horsham Rd. through CB Health Services, LLC. The location will have six months to meet the state’s standards and get up and running before they may begin dispensing medical marijuana. Governor Wolf […]

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Restitution MUST Be Specified At Time Of Sentencing

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ January 30, 2019

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has established that restitution must be specified at the time of sentencing to be legal. The court vacated the original sentence in Commonwealth v. Ramos, holding the trial court has “no authority to impose a generalized, open-ended sentence of restitution, but leave the amount and method of payment for decision at a […]

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PA Parole Violations Can’t Be Proven by Hearsay Alone

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ January 26, 2019

Without a show of good cause, hearsay alone is not enough to find someone a Technical Parole Violator (“TPV”). In the case of Turon McGee, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania recently held the Parole Board, “erred, as a matter of law, in finding him a TPV based solely on hearsay evidence that was admitted over […]

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New Laws Protect Integrity of Convictions, Expand DNA Testing/Access to Post-Conviction Relief

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ December 30, 2018

  On October 24, 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed two criminal justice reform bills into law. The first, Act 146 of 2018, extends a particular deadline by which to seek post-conviction relief. The second, Act 147 of 2018, significantly expands DNA testing in Pennsylvania in an effort to ensure the integrity of criminal convictions […]

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Police May Not Come Back Into Your House After Emergency Situation Is Over

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ December 23, 2018

Can a police officer reenter your house without a warrant after entering for the purposes of emergency aid, a recognized exception to the warrant requirement? The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently decided no, they cannot. In Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, on October 27, 2013, authorities saw a group of people on the roof of a sorority house’s […]

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