When people make a small mistake or seemingly harmless bad decision, they typically don't expect it to haunt them months or years later. Unfortunately, that can and does happen when that misstep is a criminal offense.
Bullying is an issue we are reading about more and more. In all its forms, bullying can be emotionally damaging and physically harmful to an alleged victim. As such, people can face criminal charges for offenses including harassment, hazing and cyberbullying in Pennsylvania.
Being accused of a criminal offense, no matter how minor it may be, can cause serious problems for people in this situation for many reasons. One reason is the possibility of having to stay in jail until a trial if you cannot afford bail.
Recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a previous policy that allowed people in states where it is legal to purchase, sell and use marijuana largely without worrying about federal prosecution.
When people think about drug charges, they often expect these cases to involve marijuana, heroin, cocaine or illegal prescription drugs. However, there are people who have faced drug charges for substances that are neither drugs nor illegal.
It happens. Maybe a Halloween prank got out of hand, or you were positive a friend owned the speakers they gave you for spooky sound effects. Perhaps you went to a costume party and left with the wrong bag, coat or cell phone. Out of the blue, you’re accused of a property crime and facing theft charges.
No one wants to spend time in jail or prison, and minimizing any period of incarceration if you are convicted of a criminal offense can be your top priority. Receiving probation in lieu of jail time can therefore come as a considerable relief to anyone in this situation.
Too many people make assumptions about the criminal justice system that ultimately jeopardize their rights and freedom. For instance, people often assume that if they are arrested for something they didn't do, all they will have to do is tell their side of the story to clear things up and then head home.