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Two men arrested for allegedly selling drugs to undercover cops

Two men were recently arrested by undercover officers from the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit and charged with numerous drug violations. The two incidents are apparently not related, but both involve similar sets of facts.

In the first incident, an undercover officer was sitting in his car outside at a convenience store at Turkey Hill. The suspect approached the car and knocked on the front passenger window. The officer allowed the suspect to enter his car, where he gave the man $100 in exchange for .77 grams of crack cocaine. The suspect was then arrested.

Second-degree murder charges can have steep repercussions

A single event can change multiple people's lives in an instant. You may have anticipated a particular situation to go a certain way, but in the end, it turned out substantially different from anything you could have predicted. Unfortunately for you, this life-changing event left you facing serious criminal charges.

You may never have believed that you could have ended up in a situation that resulted in you facing charges for murder. Now, you wonder what will happen to the rest of your life due to the death of another.

Help for people facing drunk driving charges

Drunk driving charges are serious criminal charges and grow more serious as accused individuals face repeated DUI charges. Because of the potentially harsh penalties accused individuals are facing, it is important to know how to handle DUI charges when facing them and how criminal defense protections can help.

Accused individuals facing a first DUI charge may face penalties and consequences including a diversion program, fines and probation. Just as the potential penalties and consequences the accused individual is facing depends on their unique situation and circumstances, so does the best criminal defense approach for their unique situation and circumstances.

Four examples of white collar crime

Whether you realize it or not, you probably know of some white collar criminals. Many of them are celebrities or high-profile political figures. Think Martha Stewart, Lori Laughlin, Charles Ponzi (the namesake of the well-known "Ponzi scheme") and Bernie Madoff, just to name a few. As evidenced by these cases, white collar crime is almost always financially motivated, and manifests by way of deceit, bribery, and manipulation. In this post, we identify four of the most prominent examples of this type of criminal activity.

We will begin with the act of fraud. Fraud occurs when a person misrepresents facts for any type of gain. It includes making known false statements with the intent to deceive. It becomes a crime when the victim believed and relied on that information, which ultimately caused he or she to suffer an actual loss of some sort. Usually the loss in financial in nature. A second type of white collar crime is known as insider trading. This occurs when a party buys or sells stock or securities using information obtained from someone "on the inside." For example, if an executive offers information to a lower level employee that has not yet been made public, and that information influences the employee to buy or sell, then insider trading has occurred.

Route 188 crash caused by multiple DUI offender

On June 11th, 2019 at approximately 3:40 p.m., a car crash took place on Route 188 in Unityville. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital with injuries. The at-fault party turned himself into police on Thursday, August 22nd for sentencing. He is a 62-year-old male who already has three previous DUI convictions. In addition to alcohol, he was also found to have marijuana in his system.

According to a trooper affidavit, the events leading up to the crash were numerous. The affidavit states that a driver in a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro first pulled out of an establishment directly in front of an oncoming vehicle. That same driver then proceeded to swerve in and out of lanes, nearly caused a head-on collision with a motorcycle, nearly hit a utility pole. Still not ready to give in, the vehicle then pulled away from the guardrail, crashed into it again damaging a front tire, lost control, and crashed into an oncoming vehicle.

Man charged with selling guns stolen from federal facility

Amid an ongoing spate of horrifying acts of gun violence, lawmakers are discussing ways to limit access to guns by dangerous people. One proposal is to require mandatory background checks for all gun sales. Activists say that many sales take place over the Internet, where sellers don't necessarily know who the buyers are, and buyers don't necessarily know where the sellers got the guns in the first place.

Recent charges against a Pennsylvania man help illustrate some of the issues involved. Federal prosecutors charged the man with selling machine guns, other firearms and a huge amount of ammunition that were allegedly stolen from a federal storage facility. Federal agents said they seized about 100 guns, almost 124,000 rounds of ammunition and other material in a search.

The severe penalties associated with computer-related crimes

With the widespread use of computers and the availability of the internet almost everywhere, it is no wonder that computer-related crime is a growing area of concern. These cases are hard to prosecute, but there are strict penalties in place for those convicted of these types of crimes. If you are facing allegations of computer-related criminal activity, you would be wise to take your case seriously.

Various types of offenses fall under the category of computer crime. No matter the specific types of charges you are facing, you will find significant benefit in working on a strong defense strategy as soon as possible. There is a lot at stake, and you have the right to vigorously defend your future interests.

Three categories of DUI penalties

Most drivers are, or should be, aware of the so-called legal limit. Under Pennsylvania law, and the law of every other state, it is illegal for drivers over age 21 to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Police who detain a driver can administer a BAC test. Drivers consent to these tests in advance, when they receive a driver's license. Any driver found to have a BAC of 0.08% BAC is said to have committed DUI per se. However, there is a lot more to the way Pennsylvania DUI law treats BAC.

Pennsylvania law recognizes three levels of DUI: General Impairment, High BAC and Highest BAC. General impairment refers to a BAC of 0.08%-0.99%. High BAC covers 0.10%-0.159%, and Highest BAC covers 0.16% or higher. Each category represents a different tier of penalties, with progressively higher penalties in each category, especially when the defendant has prior offenses.

State District Attorney asks court to end death penalty

Pennsylvania has not executed anyone in almost 20 years, and the state has put a moratorium on the death penalty in 2015. Still, the law remains on the books.

Recently, District Attorney Larry Krasner formally asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to rule that the death penalty violates the state constitution. His brief came in response to a petition by public defenders who represent two death row inmates.

Could you get a second chance?

When other people make questionable choices or mess up, they are often quick to remind you that everyone makes mistakes. However, when you have a record following you everywhere you go, you might find that people are not so quick to give you another chance to prove yourself.

A criminal background can hold serious consequences. It could prohibit you from going to college, getting a job or living where you choose. But thanks to some Pennsylvania court officials, you might have the opportunity to start over with a clean slate.

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