Category Archives: Criminal Law

MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN PENNSYLVANIA

On April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act was signed into law. The Act decriminalizes the possession of marijuana, when a registered practitioner (a Doctor, who has been approved by the Commonwealth) certifies that it is necessary to treat certain serious medical conditions. At the present time (April, 2017), there are no certified practitioners, and […]

ARD in Pennsylvania Criminal Cases

What is ARD? ARD stands for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition. It is a program for first offenders in non-violent crimes. The unique feature of ARD is that no guilty plea or conviction is required: a person enters into the program before trial, and if the program is completed, they will earn a dismissal of the charges. […]

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE ARRESTED FOR DUI IN PENNSYLVANIA

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a serious criminal offense in Pennsylvania. Anyone accused of DUI should realize that this is a serious matter, which can cost you your drivers license, a lot of money, and possibly your freedom. You will need the services of a criminal defense attorney, who can explain the process to […]

Is It Time For Pennsylvania to Reform Drug Sentencing?

Recent news stories are old news for criminal defense attorneys: our prisons are filling up with drug offenders. Incarceration is a huge expense for the taxpayers – locking someone up in a Pennsylvania state prison costs about $42,000 per year. (www.vera.org). Criminal defense lawyers might consider forming alliances with taxpayer groups, and other reformers to […]