New Rules on DUI Refusals

Changes to PA DUI Refusal According to the Daily Times, the Chester County, Montgomery County, and Delaware County Police Departments report some of the highest numbers of arrests for DUI crimes in the State. In 2014, Montgomery County had the most at 2,923 arrested, followed by Chester County at 1,983, and Delaware County at 1,930 [ Continue Reading… ]

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Could Pennsylvania Make Record Sealing Automatic?

Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 166, otherwise known as “Act 5 of 2016,” last February and the bill took effect that November. Act 5 amended Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to allow individuals who have served their punishment and remained free of arrest, prosecution, or conviction for 10 years following misdemeanor convictions [ Continue Reading… ]

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New Pennsylvania DUI Law Means More Ignition Interlock Devices

Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) are breathalyzers for automobiles that require drivers to blow into them before the vehicle can start. If the driver’s breath alcohol concentration (BAC) is greater than the preprogrammed BAC limit, the engine will not start. Pennsylvania is among the many states in the nation that makes installation of IIDs mandatory for [ Continue Reading… ]

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West Point Cadet Pleads Not Guilty to Rape, Sexual Assault Charges

A 20-year-old West Point cadet pleaded not guilty to charges of rape by forcible compulsion, rape of an unconscious person, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, aggravated indecent assault of an unconscious person, misdemeanor indecent assault, and indecent assault of an unconscious person at a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Mark Bruno of West Chester [ Continue Reading… ]

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Police Arrest Teenager for Alleged Robbery in Montgomery County

An 18-year-old Lower Salford man was charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, and terroristic threats after police said he allegedly robbed a gas station near his home on September 18, according to the Reporter. Lower Salford police told the Reporter that cops were dispatched to an Exxon station for a reported robbery in progress [ Continue Reading… ]

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Pennsylvania Priest Facing Child Pornography Charges

The Associated Press reported on September 13 that a 66-year-old Roman Catholic priest is facing child pornography charges after a friend found a file labeled with a reference to nude boys while working on the priest’s computer. According to the Morning Call, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said at a news conference announcing charges [ Continue Reading… ]

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How Will Supreme Court Decision Impact DUI Testing in Pennsylvania?

The United States Supreme Court ruled in its June 23 decision in Birchfield v. North Dakota, No. 14-1468, that the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution permits warrantless breath tests incident to arrests for drunk driving but not warrantless blood tests. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote: (1) Breath tests do not “implicat[e] significant [ Continue Reading… ]

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Man Sentenced to Minimum of 27 Years in Prison for Cocaine Trafficking Ring

When 44 people were arrested in May 2014 as part of an alleged cocaine trafficking ring in East Marlbourogh Township, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan told CBS Philly it was “the biggest drug bust in county history.” More than two years later, WPVI-TV reported on June 16 that the alleged leader of a drug [ Continue Reading… ]

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Child Endangerment and Hot Cars in Pennsylvania

We are only 3 days into summer and reportedly nearly 3 times as many children have died after being left in a hot car throughout the United States. According to a report by the National Safety Council nearly 45 percent of children left in hot vehicles between 1998-2015 were forgotten by a caregiver, primarily parents. [ Continue Reading… ]

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Institutional Sexual Assault: Sexual Assault by Facility Staff in Jails and Prisons

Society at large is aware that sexual assault and other violent crimes occur in jails and correctional facilities between inmates; however, sexual assault and victimization of inmates by facility staff is lesser known. Institutional Sexual Assault Statistics According to a study by RTI international, 4 percent of state and federal prison inmates and 3.2 percent [ Continue Reading… ]

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