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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.

"Study drugs" can have impacts long after midterms or finals

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.

3 serious hazards to watch for on Pennsylvania roads this fall

Every time we get behind the wheel, we are putting ourselves in at least some risk of getting into an accident. And of course, not every accident will be a serious one, but it is still critical to recognize the risks that come with operating a complex machine weighing thousands of pounds.

There is no safe time of year for driving, either. Every season comes with its share of hazards that can put drivers in danger of getting into an accident. In the fall, for instance, the following factors can put Pennsylvania motorists at an increased risk of collision.

Are marijuana arrests increasing?

In recent years, public support for the legalization of marijuana, recreationally and/or medically, has grown considerably. States have passed laws legalizing it to varying degrees, including Pennsylvania, and people are generally more comfortable discussing or engaging in casual or medicinal use.

However, despite these shifting attitudes, marijuana arrests increased between 2016 and 2017, according to the FBI. While the increase may seem small – just over 6,400 – it represents an arrest once every 48 seconds. It also suggests that law enforcement efforts are in contrast to public perception and concerns.

How are assets divided in a Pennsylvania divorce?

Dividing assets in a divorce can be one of the most contentious elements of this process. People want to feel like their settlement is fair and reflects what they feel they deserve, but divorcing spouses can have very different opinions on what is fair and what the other person deserves.

To prepare for this aspect of a divorce, parties would be wise to familiarize themselves with how assets are divided in Pennsylvania. Below, we give a general overview of the process and what people can expect.

When minor offenses become much more serious

Unless you are looking for help, having any sort of unexpected interaction with a police officer can be nerve-wracking. This is especially true if you may be involved in or recently engaged in unlawful behavior.

As soon as police approach someone during a traffic stop or after a call by someone else, they are already on alert. They are looking for any indication that someone has done or is doing something illegal, and if they find any evidence of such behavior, the situation can quickly spiral out of control. In the end, a person could be facing multiple serious criminal charges.

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