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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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PA Superior Court Holds that Social Media Must Be Authenticated to Be Admissible Evidence

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ March 27, 2018

On March 15, 2018, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that social media posts must be authenticated if they are going to be introduced as evidence in criminal cases. In Commonwealth v. Mangel, a three-judge panel affirmed a decision made by an Erie County trial judge, ruling that social media posts are not admissible in criminal […]

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YOUR CELL PHONE IS SAFE FROM WARRANTLESS SEARCHES (KNOW YOUR RIGHTS)

Filed under: Criminal Law by Contributor @ March 21, 2018

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that police may seize your cellphone but may not search it without a warrant. Relying on the United States Supreme Court decisions in Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie, the Court held that a warrantless search of the contents of cell phone violates the Fourth Amendment. In […]

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