Author Archives: James Flood
Over the past several months, an investigating grand jury convened in Montgomery County, has been hearing testimony and reviewing evidence to determine whether Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane violated grand jury secrecy laws when she disclosed the results of an earlier investigation in an effort to discredit her political foes. …Read more
On April 29, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided the case of Commonwealth v. Gary, holding that police officers do not need a search warrant to search a vehicle, as long as they have probable cause to believe that they will find evidence of a crime inside. The decision is based on the idea that a person’s right to privacy is diminished …Read more
- The first change amended the language that controls the maximum punishment for a second-offense DUI where the driver refuses to submit to chemical testing. Until the recent amendment, the statute provided a maximum period of incarceration of six (6) months, although the crime was graded as a Misdemeanor of the First Degree, which typically carries a maximum period of incarceration of five (5) years. The law was changed to bring this Misdemeanor of the First Degree into line with others, and now provides a five (5) year exposure.
On this Presidents Day, how< did you do with identifying the quotes from several of our Presidents?
Check yourself: …Read more
For many people, a pet is as much a part of the family as a sibling, parent, or child. It only makes sense then, that a pet can bring legal issues to your family as much as any family member can. There’s nothing we can do about the stains on your rug, but we can offer several suggestions to keep your pets from creating legal issues. With this beautiful summer weather, our pets have more interaction with friends and neighbors. …Read more
While a number of states have legalized the use of
marijuana for medicinal purposes, Colorado recently became the first state in the country to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes.
Although Pennsylvania has not taken any substantial steps towards either of these approaches, a bill recently introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate …Read more
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recognizes the special bond formed between grandparents and their grandchildren, and that this relationship is susceptible to strain and disruption if the child’s parents separate or divorce.
Can a grandparent file for custody rights, visitation rights or full custody of their grandchild and/or grandchildren in the state of Pennsylvania? …Read more
7 Legal Tips for 2014
1. Know before you go! Are you aware of the laws in your hometown? What about when you travel out of state or out of the country? A great example is the hands-free driving when you enter city limits or a new state.
2. Educate your Children It sounds simple enough, but is often …Read more