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Minor in Possession Laws in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania takes underage drinking very seriously. The law in Pennsylvania states that a minor may not purchase (or attempt to purchase), consume, possess, or knowingly and intentionally transport alcoholic beverages. MIP Law Exemptions There are six different exemptions to the law prohibiting minors from possessing or consuming alcohol or for minors working in establishments that serve alcohol. Employment: A 14-… READ MORE

[New Study] The Most Dangerous Pedestrian Zones in Philadelphia

In November 2016, the city of Philadelphia announced its plans for Vision Zero, setting a target of zero traffic-related fatalities by 2030. However, two years later, it’s been argued that the initiative has not done enough to put safety as a primary priority. From 2014-2018, traffic-related fatalities have been on an increasing trend that, if it continues, will fail to… READ MORE

Age of Consent in Pennsylvania & Penalties

The age of consent is the age in which a person is considered legally old enough to consent to sexual activity. These laws are taken seriously, though they can become confusing. It is important to understand that there are various laws on the books in Pennsylvania that guide the age of consent and prosecution of those who violate it. Content… READ MORE

The Most Dangerous Jobs in Pennsylvania

When you go to work each day, do you think about the dangers you will face? For many people, they never really consider workplace dangers, but there are some jobs that are more dangerous than others. Today, we want to talk about the most dangerous jobs closer to home. We know that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS),… READ MORE

What to do if You Are Pregnant and Facing Jail Time

The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world (we do not even have the highest population). Many people only think of men going to prison, but we know better. Over the last few decades, the number of women in jails and prisons in the US has increased significantly. Women who are incarcerated face a myriad… READ MORE

Workers’ Compensation Laws in Pennsylvania

If you are injured at work in Pennsylvania, then you need to know what the workers’ compensation laws are. There is nothing more important than having the compensation you need to handle medical expenses and lost income as a result of a work injury. Pennsylvania workers’ compensation insurance allows employees to recover compensation for almost all employment-related injuries or illnesses… READ MORE

What Parents Need to Know about Sexting Charges in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Sexting Charges As there is not enough for Pennsylvania parents to worry about, add to the list the possibility of their minor children facing criminal prosecution if they are caught sending a sexually explicit image.  “Sexting” is a thing and it has been going on for a while in this new world where post-toddlers are handed iphones and ipads… READ MORE

Is Pulling a Fire Alarm a Felony in Pennsylvania?

Pulling a fire alarm when there is no fire may have seemed funny when you were in school. Perhaps it was a good way to get out of that algebra test. However, if you pull a fire alarm for no reason as an adult, you could be looking at a world of trouble. Falsely pulling a fire alarm is not… READ MORE

What is a State Intermediate Punishment in Pennsylvania?

State Intermediate Punishment is a form of sentencing for non-violent offenders available as an alternative to straight prison time. SIP is primarily a program for offenders convicted of drug- and alcohol-related offenses. The state views SIP inmates having committed crimes motivated their consumption or addiction to drugs and alcohol. The program excludes violent offenders and sex offenders, including any offenders… READ MORE

Is Hearsay Admissible as Evidence in My Criminal Trial?

In order to understand if hearsay is admissible as against you in a criminal trial, it is important to understand what hearsay is. A witness is testifying about something he or she heard or read from someone else, not something he or she directly witnessed. The courts generally avoid using second hand, out-of-court statements as evidence due to the inherent… READ MORE

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