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Williamsport Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Blog

Man charged with largest meth seizure in Pennsylvania history

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration has made what is believed to be the biggest seizure of meth in western Pennsylvania history. Authorities seized approximately 122 pounds of meth and 10 pounds of cocaine. The drugs were estimated to have a street value of $2.5 million. A 33-year old man was detained in connection with the drug seizure.

DEA agents were watching for drug activity along Interstate 79 and Route 422 when they allegedly spotted suspicious activity at a travel plaza. Officers observed a man park a vehicle with West Virginia license plates near a vehicle with California license plates. The man then went to the trunk of the vehicle while the woman went inside the travel plaza. When the woman returned to the vehicle, the man left. The man then allegedly pulled out onto Interstate 79. DEA agents believed that the man's activity was consistent with drug trafficking, so they decided to continue to follow him.

Effects of white collar crime on society

A person who has been convicted of a white collar crime in Pennsylvania may be facing time in federal prison depending on the nature of the crime. White collar crime differs from street crimes like drug distribution and robbery although there is some disagreement among criminologists about how to classify and define white collar crime.

White collar crimes are associated with business professionals who committed their crimes during the course of a work activity. However, white collar crime can be as devastating to victims as violent crime is. Being a victim of fraud has been linked to an increased risk of depression and suicide.

NTSB pushes for efforts to combat drug-impaired driving

Medical marijuana has been legalized in many states, including Pennsylvania. The penalties for driving under the influence remain the same. However, federal traffic safety officials have called for the government to do more to control the problem of driving while impaired by drugs.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to enact standards and give states guidance to combat the problem of drug-impaired driving. Currently, there is no standardized requirement for drug testing of drivers who are suspected to be impaired. The number of deaths from traffic accidents is increasing, and many are a result of the opioid epidemic. In 2015, 46 percent of drivers who were killed in fatal accidents tested positive for drugs. This was a 16 percent increase compared to statistics from 2006.

Important aspects of a mail fraud charge

White collar crimes are serious offenses and are treated as such. Therefore, someone who faces a white collar crime charge should understand what it entails.

Particularly regarding mail fraud charges, people tend not to understand their full reach. There are a few important aspects of mail fraud charges to be aware of.

How to get a conviction reversed

People in Pennsylvania who have been convicted of a crime or who have pled guilty to a crime may file an appeal to have their guilty verdict or plea reversed. Appeals are most the common legal mechanism with which to gain a conviction reversal. Writs may also be used. However, the factors of every case are different as are the laws in the various jurisdictions that pertain to reversing a conviction.

Trial court findings are generally upheld by appeals judges, especially if the trial decision was rendered based on findings of fact instead of matters of law. Lower court decisions are rarely overturned by courts, and while there are no guarantees of having a perfect trial, there are certain protections in place to address oversights and errors.

Common types of phishing attacks

Depending on the specific circumstances, someone who engages in phishing may be subject to criminal charges. Nevertheless, many criminals use these fraudulent scams to deceive people throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of America. There are many different types of phishing scams that potential victims should be aware of.

Deceptive phishing is considered to be the most frequently occurring form of the phishing scam. It refers to attacks in which imposters impersonate legitimate companies in order to steal personal data or login credentials. An alarming sense of urgency is often employed in order to prompt the users to comply with the attacker's commands.

Even a professional athlete is not immune from DUI charges

Regular folks tend to believe there appears to be a double standard when it comes to famous people and law enforcement. It's not enough that celebrities and Pennsylvania professional athletes have significant financial resources to handle anything that comes along, but they also seem to receive the benefit of the doubt and perhaps even preferential treatment by star-struck police officers. The truth, however, may be somewhat different.

Revealed in a recent TMZ video, a major league baseball player was pulled over by police for a traffic infraction. The ball player certainly thought he had some sway with the officer, first handing him a business card identifying himself as an MLB player and then apparently saying how ballplayers do a lot of work with the police. After the officer proceeded to question the player regarding a possible DUI, the player lied about drinking and ultimately refused a sobriety test.

3 accused of running $364 million Ponzi scheme

Pennsylvania readers might be interested to learn that federal prosecutors have indicted three Maryland men for allegedly running a $364 million Ponzi scheme for several years. The defendants were taken into custody on Sept. 18.

According to prosecutors, the defendants persuaded people to invest in consumer debt portfolios, which are collections of defaulted bank, credit card, student loan and auto loan debts. The trio allegedly told the investors that, after buying the portfolios, they would sell them to third-party debt buyers, turning a profit. Instead, they are accused of taking over $70 million of the investors' money over a five-year period and using it to fund lives of luxury. Some of the high-end items they reportedly purchased include cars, boats, jewelry, a share of a jet airplane and expensive homes in Florida, Maryland, Nevada and Texas. In addition, they allegedly gambled $25 million of the money at casinos.

How can an underage drinking citation affect you?

Many college underclassmen find themselves befriending and hanging out with peers who are just a few years older. A few years makes a big difference when it comes to the legality of certain activities such as drinking. If you are under 21 and caught drinking an alcoholic beverage, you could face penalties such as a citation. While this seems like a small penalty at a glance, it may have farther reaching ramifications.

Consider the following ways in which a citation for underage drinking can affect your life and cause lasting consequences. If you are in this situation, you can research legal recourse to try and combat these effects. It is important to understand how a citation will affect you and plan accordingly.

NFL player charged with multiple crimes

Although the Steelers and Eagles dominate Pennsylvania's professional football landscape, a player out west made headlines of his own on Sunday off the field. At about 6:27 p.m. on Sept. 16, calls were made to 911 about a vehicle that had run into mailboxes, trash cans and a bus stop sign in Simi Valley. The vehicle did not stop after colliding into those objects.

The driver was a practice squad player for the Rams who plays on the offensive line. His vehicle was stopped on El Monte Drive near El Lado Drive, and the player was asked to take a Breathalyzer. According to the test, he had a blood alcohol content of .17 percent, which is higher than the .08 legal limit in California. He was charged with hit-and-run with property damage and suspicion of DUI. Police took the man into custody and brought him to East County Jail.

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