A person can be convicted of public drunkenness if he appears “in any public place manifestly under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance…to the degree that he may endanger himself or other persons or property, or annoy persons in his vicinity.”
Unlike the charge of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), there is no defined blood-alcohol limit for intoxicants before someone can be cited for public drunkenness. That is because there is no requirement in the law that police perform chemical analysis or other tests to determine whether a person is objectively under the influence of drugs or alcohol. …Read more
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
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
1. Read the fine print in any contract or agreement you sign. Package tours, vacation home leases, auto rental agreements and travel insurance documents all require you to sign a complex legal document. The fine print often limits the liability of the other party and selects a jurisdiction should legal action become necessary. Some travel packages or rental agreements may involve large sums of money and non-refundable deposits. Contact our office for any assistance in understanding these types of documents; we would be happy to review them with you. …Read more
A criminal conviction can stand in the way of school admissions, job prospects, jury participation, and the ability to carry or own a firearm, to name just a few of the ramifications of having your record tarnished. Allow us to clear up a few misconceptions about your “permanent record”, and how to clean it up, if possible. …Read more
During this new year many people will look for ways to give back to their community and local organizations. Many non-profits, communities and organizations rely on the support of people, volunteers and the actual donations of goods in addition to a monetary donation. Here are ideas for 4 alternative ways to give back in lieu of a cash donation.
So many non-profit organizations rely on the help of volunteers to keep their doors open each year. If there is an organization you are passionate about …Read more