College students know that drinking and driving is bad, and for most students, avoiding DUI/DWI charges is easy if they do not bring cars to campus, but rather rely on the school’s public transportation and walking paths. Because so many college campuses spread out for miles and encompass several buildings and dorms that students use and
CELEBRATING THE HOME TEAM
For many people, fall means football, and for student athletes in colleges and universities across the country, football season is a semester-long celebration of hard work and sportsmanship. College football has many rituals attached to it, from tailgating the day of the big game to celebrating with parties afterwards, and on most college campuses, these
Mythbusting #3- Just Say “No”: You Do Not Have To Consent To A Search
When the police ask me if they can search my person/bag/car/home, do I have to let them? Absolutely not. As a criminal defense attorney here in State College, Pennsylvania, I have represented countless individuals who have been charged with the possession of illegal items found on their person, in bags they were carrying, in their
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT “ARD”
If you know somebody who has been charged with a crime in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, particularly crimes such as DUI or minor offenses related to drug possession, you have probably heard of “ARD.” If you have been charged with a criminal offense, particularly a first-offense DUI or minor drug crime, ARD may be the
WHAT EXACTLY IS A PRELIMINARY HEARING?
If you have been charged with a crime in Pennsylvania the first major step in the process is called a preliminary hearing. All cases (except for summary offenses)-whether a person is charged with first degree murder or shoplifting-commence with what you will often hear attorneys refer to as a “prelim.” But what is it? How
OVERVIEW OF THE CRIMINAL PROCESS IN PENNSYLVANIA
The chart below is meant to give you an overview of the way a criminal prosecution commences and move through the court system here in Pennsylvania. While each and every case is unique and there may be some difference from county to county, this overview gives a good, general outline of the way a case
DUI TRAFFIC STOPS
If you have been pulled over for suspicious driving behavior, the officer who stopped you will attempt to prove that you have been drinking or that you are too intoxicated to safely drive. While such DUI traffic stops are scary and may intimidate you (especially if you are a little buzzed or had a drink
DUI DANGERS INCREASE OVER THE HOLIDAYS — STAY SAFE AND BE CAREFUL
Many holiday sentiments and songs suggest that “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” However, it is also one of the most dangerous times for drivers due to the increased risk of drunk driving incidents during the holiday season. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, the winter weather, the increase in travel and the
ONE YEAR LATER- HAS ANYTHING CHANGED SINCE PHILADELPHIA POLICE ANNOUNCED THE REVIEW 1,147 DUI CONVICTIONS DUE TO COMPROMISED BREATH TESTS?
A little more than one year ago today, the Philadelphia Police Department announced that they were reviewing 1,147 DUI convictions due to flawed breathalyzer testing.
THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW IF YOU ARE CHARGED WITH A FIRST TIME DUI OFFENSE IN STATE COLLEGE, PA
As a State College DUI Lawyer, I get asked a lot of questions about what people should and should not do to avoid getting pulled over for a DUI or how they can get out of a State College or Centre County DUI after they are charged. As a lawyer, my first response is always