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News And Thoughts On The Law In And Around West Chester

Pennsylvania stops suspending driver’s licenses for drug charges

This month, New York and Pennsylvania passed new state resolutions regarding the suspension of driver’s licenses for individuals convicted of drug crimes.

Under this new legislation, neither state will continue to automatically suspend driver’s licenses for citizens convicted of drug crimes. Previous policy required a minimum 6-month suspension of driver’s licenses for any individual convicted of a drug crime regardless of how minor. The new policy will have a huge impact on how Pennsylvanian citizens reenter society after a drug conviction.

The difference between simple assault and aggravated assault

It is unfortunate, but every year in the state of Pennsylvania, the act of assault is ranked as one of the most frequently charged crimes. When you hear the term assault, you may be thinking of a fight between two people who have disagreement or even domestic violence cases. Physical actions in these instances do fall into the assault category, but an assault can fall into a much wider range of interactions between two or more people.

Just like there are different classifications of assault, there can be different consequences for an assault conviction based on the designation you were charged with. The penalties for assault can range from being put on probation to as much as 20 to 40 years in jail.

DUI expenses no one tells you about

A DUI conviction can be stressful, especially when you consider a mark on your criminal record, showing up in court, and telling others about the incident. However, many people overlook the fact that DUIs can be tremendously expensive.

Pennsylvania takes driving under the influence seriously, as there were close to 5,000 fatalities due to alcohol-related car crashes in recent years. This could be why DUIs are so pricey. There are many factors that go into determining how much you will end up paying for a DUI conviction. What are they?

Pennsylvania’s DMV point system: Are you close to suspension?

Speeding, ignoring stop signs or reckless driving all constitute various traffic violations. Committing crimes while driving creates dangerous conditions for other drivers, and you may injure or kill another driver, pedestrians or even yourself.

In Pennsylvania, the state adds “points” to your record if a judge finds you guilty of violating traffic laws. Depending upon the severity of your crime, more points add to your record. It proves essential to follow all traffic laws to avoid license suspension, expensive court dates and the stress of the inability to drive.

Off-the-record: a look at expungements and limited access

Many clients want to know their recourse for expunging their criminal record. After all, a criminal history has the power to affect a person’s life long after the terms and conditions of their sentence have been successfully completed. Unfortunately, not all people will be eligible to wipe the slate clean.

What is expungement? Who is eligible?

Mass drug charges dropped, evidence and police conduct questioned

A New Year's Eve party and a 21st birthday celebration led to the arrest of 65 individuals ranging in ages of 15 to 30 years old on drug possession charges. Gunshots heard near the home led police to where the party was taking place. What began as a good time in ended up leading to mass arrests, allegations of police misconduct and a civil rights investigation.

An oft-forgotten side effect of DUI: loss of employment

Drunk driving convictions come with a whole host of consequences. Even a first-time DUI can result in:

  • Jail time
  • Hefty fines
  • Court costs
  • The installation and maintenance of an ignition interlock device
  • Driver's license suspension or revocation for up to a year
  • Higher insurance rates
  • Social stigma/judgment of your peers
  • Mandatory substance abuse education classes
  • Community service


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