The old adage “dogs are man’s best friend” has taken on even greater meaning in the Commonwealth’s courts. A recent ruling by Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (Middle District) has given the green light for witnesses in criminal trials to be accompanied by comfort dogs.
The school year may have just begun but for those looking to qualify for college financial aid, it is never too early to apply. One of the options available is offered by the Department of Education and known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Take Note: The “Who – What – When” Requirements and Penalties Associated with Failures to Report – Reporting alleged child abuse is the law in Pennsylvania and failure to meet a mandatory obligation is a serious offense.
Three Judges the Question of Probable Cause Searches on the Basis of Marijuana Smell Alone – Last month, the Superior Court in Pennsylvania took another step in the evolving legal landscape as it relates to the legalization of marijuana in the Commonwealth.
Increased Fines, Penalties and Jail Time are just some of the implications – In a year unlike any other, change became the norm. While everyone worried about COVID-19, new Driving Under the Influence (DUI) laws took effect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2020.
Protection from unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement is a fundamental right afforded to individuals by the 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution. A similar but broader protection is provided at the state level pursuant to the Constitution of Pennsylvania Article 1, Section 8. In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania overturned long-held precedent...
Child-abuse is a topic that involves very sensitive issues and often the most vulnerable in our society. Of course, there should be no shortage of protections in place. However, what many don’t realize is that individuals in Pennsylvania can be placed on the child-abuse registry for alleged child abuse or neglect without a day in court or legal opportunity to challenge the accusations.
An arrest or indictment can be a frightening experience. The decisions you make will affect your freedom, your family and your financial well-being. One of the most important choices is finding the right criminal defense attorney and experience clearly matters. Experience alone is not enough. Reputation, preparation, attention to detail and access to expert witnesses are all critical to...
School is back – albeit different – yet the laws in place regarding child abuse and mandated reporting remain. They are as important and relevant today as they were before COVID-19 reached our shores. Over the past several years, amendments have been made to the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law (CPSL), including major reforms in 2013 and 2014.