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What Is the Difference Between Negligence and Negligence Per Se?

Posted on August 15th, 2017

In a case involving a personal injury that someone else caused, one might encounter the legal doctrines of “negligence” or “negligence per se.” These are two entirely separate legal theories that involve different standards of proof on the plaintiff’s part. Learning the difference between these two doctrines can go a long way toward understanding your particular case in Pennsylvania. The… READ MORE

Can I Be Convicted of a DUI Based on Prescription Medicine?

Posted on August 11th, 2017

In Pennsylvania, police can arrest a driver for driving under the influence (DUI) if the person’s blood alcohol content shows an 0.08% or higher or if the driver shows signs of drug intoxication. There is no set limit to how intoxicated an individual must be on drugs to qualify as a “DUI” driver. It is largely up to the discretion… READ MORE

How long will my license be suspended?

Posted on August 18th, 2017

How long will my license be suspended? One of the most serious ramifications of a DUI is a loss of license. In Pennsylvania, even your first offense of DUI, your blood alcohol level is point one or higher, or there are narcotics in your system, you’re facing a one-year loss of license, that’s significant. You get caught driving during that… READ MORE

Can a DUI be expunged?

Posted on August 11th, 2017

Can a DUI be expunged? Until recently in Pennsylvania, if you were convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, you would not be eligible for an expungement. When we talk about expungements, what we’re talking about is the public record or the public database that would show that you were charged and convicted of an offense. So until recently, if you… READ MORE

Is DWI a felony?

Posted on August 4th, 2017

Is DWI a felony? In Pennsylvania, a drunk driving charge is not a felony, it’s a misdemeanor. In Pennsylvania, the offense of driving while intoxicated or actually driving after imbibing is not graded as a felony though the punishment, in many ways, is very similar to a felony. What people think of a misdemeanor offense and we think of an… READ MORE

What is the legal alcohol limit?

Posted on July 28th, 2017

What is the legal alcohol limit? In Pennsylvania, the legal alcohol limit for DUI is 0.08% of alcohol. But since 2004, you can also get a DUI for having prescription narcotics in your system as well as illegal narcotics such as marijuana. That’s significant because, in Pennsylvania, you can get charged and convicted of a DUI from marijuana smoking that… READ MORE

Punishment for Marijuana Possession vs. Distribution in Pennsylvania

Posted on July 30th, 2017

Although some form of marijuana is now legal in 26 states and the District of Columbia, in Pennsylvania marijuana is an illicit Schedule I substance. This means marijuana has no legitimate medical use. The state of Pennsylvania has only legalized medical marijuana in expensive treatments such as edible cannabis extracts, topical creams, and vale-pen cartridges. It remains illegal to smoke… READ MORE

Am I Eligible for ARD After a DUI?

Posted on July 29th, 2017

In Pennsylvania, certain criminal offenders have the opportunity to join the ARD program, or the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. The ARD program is only available to first-time offenders with misdemeanor charges. The program is for people who have never gotten in trouble with the law before. If you’ve received a driving under the influence (DUI) charge and it’s your first… READ MORE

Is it Difficult to Expunge a DUI Ticket from Your Record in Pennsylvania?

Posted on July 28th, 2017

Driving under the influence (DUI) convictions in Pennsylvania come with hefty penalties, including thousands of dollars in fines and license suspension. You may have lost your job or suffered a loss of reputation because of a DUI conviction. Unfortunately, a DUI could haunt you for life – but not always. In some cases, the Pennsylvania courts will expunge a DUI… READ MORE

Different Types of Drug Crimes 

Posted on June 26th, 2017

All drug crimes are not equal in the eyes of the law. Like most states, the Pennsylvania courts penalize drug crimes differently according to the type of drug, the defendant’s intent, criminal history, and other details of the arrest. Learning the potential consequences of different drug crimes can give you an idea of what to expect should you find yourself… READ MORE