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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.

Evidence of past conviction partly suppressed in murder trial

Before a homicide trial begins, some of the most important questions concern what evidence can be used. For example, the Federal Rules of Evidence put strict limits on the prosecution's ability to introduce evidence that the defendant was convicted of a different crime.

This limitation on evidence is playing a big role in a murder trial scheduled to begin this month. A Pennsylvania court is set to begin hearing the case of a man accused of gunning down a driver on I-81 in 2014. Prosecutors say the defendant shot and killed the motorist, thinking he was someone else.

FBI arrests 30 in alleged drug trafficking operation

Although many drug arrests come about as a result of traffic stops and other encounters when police say they find illegal drugs in the defendant's possession, the authorities are always looking for ways to break up drug distribution networks. State and federal law enforcement often spend months investigating suspected drug rings, and then try to arrest a large number of people at once.

Recently, the FBI announced three indictments against 33 Pennsylvania residents it identified as suspected members of a drug network. FBI agents conducted a large operation to arrest the suspects. According to news reports, agents were able to find and arrest 30 of the individuals. Three were said to be still at large.

What is the difference between state and federal crimes?

If you are facing criminal charges or are under investigation for crimes that may lead to charges, you may have many questions about how your case will transpire and what you can expect. You may already know the charges you are up against, but do you know if they are federal or state charges?

You may think there is not much difference except that your legal proceedings will take place in a different building if police charge you with a federal crime. However, the differences between charges by the state of Pennsylvania and those by the federal government can be significant, and you would be wise to prepare yourself by learning as much as you can about what lies ahead for you.

When drug crime prosecution makes a drug problem worse

For years now, public health officials, lawmakers and police have struggled with what they call an opioid crisis. As highly addictive prescription opioid drugs hit the market, they spurred a market for illegal drugs with similar chemistry and effects. Some of these drugs are very powerful, and it is easy for users to accidentally overdose, especially when they don't know exactly what they are taking. One result has been a sharp increase in drug-related deaths in Pennsylvania and many other states.

One way Pennsylvania has dealt with the problem is through prosecuting homicide charges against people who supply the drugs in fatal overdoses. These charges are sometime called "drug delivery resulting in death" or "drug-induced homicide." Pennsylvania reportedly prosecutes these cases more than any other state. Prosecutors say these charges will deter people from abusing drugs, or at least spur dealers to be more careful about the drugs they sell.

Nonprofit director accused of embezzling federal grant money

Embezzlement is a crime in which a person is entrusted with money or property and then fails to give it back, or uses it for unauthorized purposes. It comes up most commonly in the employment setting, when an employee entrusted with funds secretly keeps some of the money.

These employment-related embezzlement cases are typically heard at the state court level, but there are cases where people face federal embezzlement charges. Typically, these involve an accusation that the defendant took public funds or other government property.

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