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Two possible defenses to a drug charge

Imagine you were spending time at a friend's house and the police come banging on the door. Unbeknownst to you, your friend has been engaged in drug dealing. Alternately, imagine that you're traveling in a friend's car and a routine traffic stop turns into a drug bust because the police find drugs in the car. Both you and your friend get arrested. Now, even though you've never had anything to do with an illegal substance, you're facing serious criminal charges.

Depending on the facts surrounding your arrest, here are two ways you might be able to defend yourself:

How will a criminal defense attorney help me?

You always have the right to defend yourself against criminal charges pro se, which means that you can defend yourself without representation from an attorney. However, you also have the right to representation. Even if you can't afford a lawyer on your own, the state will furnish one to defend you in court.

It's always a good idea to accept legal representation because -- even in cases where you've been involved in a criminal process before -- you probably do not have the level of education and experience required to navigate this complicated and nuanced process. For the average criminal defense lawyer, court proceedings and all the red tape that comes with them are second-nature. Your lawyer will know exactly what you need to do in order to pursue the best possible result for your trial proceedings.

1 sign your marriage could be headed for divorce

Self-improvement, learning new things, fun hobbies, healthy diets and vigorous exercise regimes are usually an excellent sign that someone is taking control of his or her life to find greater enjoyment and health. However, in the case of a marriage that's been on the rocks for some time, when one spouse starts making a lot of radical changes to improve his or her health and/or appearance, it might be a sign that the marriage is headed for a divorce.

According to many marriage counselors, some spouses will start to improve their appearances and make other important changes as a way of "preparing for single life" well before they actually separate from their spouses. Spouses might start hitting the gym, get hair transplant surgery, undergo various cosmetic surgery procedures – or make other kinds of radical appearance adjustments -- to "renovate" themselves and make themselves more attractive to new intimate partners. The lesser-moneyed spouse in a marriage might engage in a new educational program or career – or simply go out and get a job -- so they can become financially independent of the spouse who is a primary supporter of the family.

Pennsylvania roads see holiday increase of crashes and DUI’s

The start of the holiday travel season has not started off too well for drivers in Pennsylvania. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend around Pennsylvania saw an increase in accidents and DUI’s this year compared to last.

While Thanksgiving is known for being one of the busiest travel times of the year, the upcoming holidays allow for more chances of people being on the roads and more opportunities of people driving impaired. This time of year, when students are driving back home from school and family, co-workers and friends are getting together for parties, any night of the week can be have congested roadways and possible drunk drivers. With increased motorists and opportunities to partake in festive celebrations, it is important to be cognizant of the dangers lurking out on the roads.

What can people accused of selling cocaine face in Pennsylvania?

Being accused of cocaine crimes in Pennsylvania can expose a person to serious potential penalties. The potential consequences can be particularly harsh if a person is accused of having sold cocaine.

Here in Pennsylvania, selling cocaine is a felony offense, regardless of the amount sold. In comparison, simple possession of cocaine is generally a misdemeanor.

The powers of campus security

Whether you call them rent-a-cops or campus security, there's no denying their ability to intimidate students on campus. No matter what you call them, they may have more power than you think.

It may seem like the only function of campus security is to issue parking tickets when you are in a hurry and can’t find a parking spot. In reality, they can have a lot more power than enforcing the ticket on your windshield.

States taking aggressive approach to distracted driving

Car accidents caused by a distracted driver are devastating for many reasons. First, they can result in catastrophic or fatal injuries for people who had no way of identifying or avoiding the distracted party. Second, they do not have to happen; people can stop distracted driving accidents by refraining from driving while distracted.

Unfortunately, stopping distracted driving has proven to be exceptionally difficult. Not only do people fail to recognize the risk they are taking when they do things like text or use a phone while driving, they also overestimate their own driving habits. As a result, states are increasingly adopting measures to stop and/or penalize distracted drivers.

Beware: Halloween criminal offenses can haunt you for years

While trick-or-treaters may not be coming until next week, Halloween celebrations are already underway across Pennsylvania. This weekend in particular can serve as the perfect time for kids and young adults to engage in Halloween hijinks.

However, it doesn't take much for a harmless prank or trick to turn into a serious criminal offense. And when this happens, a person could wind up dealing with consequences for months or years to come. 

More changes coming to Pennsylvania marijuana penalties

In recent years, the legal landscape around marijuana and marijuana-related crimes has changed considerably in this state and many others in the U.S. With such sweeping changes in policies and attitudes, many people argue that law enforcement needs to make similar changes.

Already in Pennsylvania, local police agencies are reducing or eliminating arrests for marijuana-related offenses involving possession of small amounts. And now, state lawmakers have proposed legislation that would eliminate one particularly harsh penalty of minor drug possession: driver's license suspension.

Consideration factors when awarding custody to spouses

You and your spouse make the difficult decision to end your marriage through the Pennsylvania divorce process. You have children together, and it is incredibly important for you to understand how a judge will determine custody rights for you and your spouse. Determining custody constitutes an important decision in your and your spouse's lives as a separated couple, yet the most affected parties will be your children.

Knowing how a judge determines custody during a divorce helps prepare you for potential outcomes in custody. Hiring an experienced divorce attorney can help you in filing all documents timely and have access to accurate advice in terms of your separation agreement.

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