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Man faces DWI offenses and other charges after crash into people

For drivers in Butler County and across Pennsylvania, being charged with driving while intoxicated can result in severe penalties, lost driving privileges and jail time. Along with DWI offenses, there can be other charges if there was an accident and people were injured or even killed. Although DWI is an irresponsible act, those who are arrested for DWI have the right to a legal defense to avoid the worse potential consequences. A strong defense is imperative to assess the situation and attempt to achieve a satisfactory result. This is especially true when people are hit and injured by a driver who is accused of having been operating a vehicle under the influence.

According to recent reports, a 23-year-old man was arrested on several charges, including DWI and crashing into people outside a building. The incident occurred in the early morning hours at around 2:30 a.m. According to the investigation, the man was said to have been drinking alcohol when his Ford Fiesta crashed into people and injured a 20-year-old male. The driver subsequently exited the vehicle and ran away. A law enforcement officer caught and arrested him.

Assistance navigating drug offenses

Drugs are a major concern in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. That means law enforcement and prosecutors are becoming increasingly aggressive in pursuing and arresting those who are allegedly involved with drugs. This does not necessarily need to be a person who is trafficking, distributing or manufacturing the substances. Frequently, it is the people on the lower end of the spectrum who find themselves facing drug offenses. Regardless of a person's situation, it is wise to remember that they have rights. A law firm that has a history of assisting those who are charged with drug crimes should be called for guidance immediately.

When a person is arrested on drug offenses, the allegations can range from possession of drug paraphernalia, having a small amount of marijuana for personal use, and rising all the way to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine or being involved in the sale of heroin. To make the situation more complex and difficult to defend, people who are accused of drug involvement will frequently have weapons. This adds charges and makes the case tougher. Still, a comprehensive legal firm that specializes in defending clients on a wide range of charges can help.

Man faces severe penalties after DUI

Being arrested and convicted for driving under the influence in Pennsylvania will cause significant problems in a person's life. Among the potential consequences are a driver's license suspension, fines and even jail. It is always important to have a strong defense against these charges. With any DUI case, there is a significant chance that there will be other allegations accompanying it. If, for example, the driver attempted to elude law enforcement, there will be harsher penalties. When confronted with a combination of charges related to a DUI, formulating a legal defense becomes even more vital.

An attempted traffic stop turned into a police chase, which led to the arrest of a man on multiple charges. According to law enforcement, state police tried to stop a vehicle because of a traffic violation when the driver fled the scene. Eventually, the driver lost control of his vehicle and hit a law enforcement vehicle. The driver again attempted to get away but was caught. The man was subsequently arrested and charged with DUI; fleeing to avoid being apprehended or attempted eluding of an officer; disorderly conduct; and traffic violations.

What are the penalties for drug trafficking to minors?

Pennsylvania law enforcement and prosecutors are serious about protecting children from the dangers of drugs. The state has certain sentencing guidelines and penalties for those who are convicted of drug trafficking to minors. Because drugs are viewed as such a severe issue, those dealing with allegations of trafficking to minors should know just how severe the penalties can be.

It is not only important to understand what the law says about these charges, but it is imperative to have a strong defense. If a person over 18 is convicted of delivery and possession of drugs to a minor, they will face a jail sentence of at least one year.

Couple faces federal charges for embezzlement and fraud

While people often associate criminal acts of theft with the use of weapons when conducting a robbery, fraud and embezzlement are white-collar crimes that are also classified as theft. People in a position of authority frequently find themselves accused of these crimes and sometimes the charges rise to the level of a federal crime. When facing these types of charges, it is crucial to have legal assistance.

A detective in the Butler D.A.'s office was arrested for embezzlement and fraud. He was indicted on 37 charges of embezzling from a health care program where his wife served as the COO. The investigators stated that more than $1 million was stolen by the couple. The hospital informed law enforcement of its suspicions after evidence was found in 2017. The government wants $1.2 million to be paid back and the couple's property to be confiscated to cover what was lost.

Woman arrested on slew of DWI charges after slow-speed chase

Being arrested for drunk driving in Butler County and throughout Pennsylvania can have long-term ramifications on a person's life. With the possible jail sentence, fines, lost driving privileges and more, it is imperative that there be a strong defense against the allegations immediately. This is true regardless of the circumstances, whether there was an accident, or if there are multiple DWI charges lodged against the individual. No matter what, it is essential to have legal assistance.

A 53-year-old woman was arrested for DWI after a slow-speed chase with law enforcement. The incident occurred at night at around 8:45 p.m. A patrolman received a call about a driver in an SUV who was moving recklessly. The vehicle nearly crashed into a guardrail. He turned on his overhead lights and pursued the vehicle. After the driver came close to hitting a stop sign, he used his siren. Other officers were called for backup. The woman made a left heading toward her residence, but failed to stop.

How does probable cause factor into your DUI?

No driver wants to get pulled over by a law enforcement officer, given the typical legal ramifications of a traffic stop. However, even in cases involving driving under the influence (DUI) charges, you still have rights.

According to the Fourth Amendment, in order for a law enforcement officer to pull you over for DUI, they must have probable cause. If you did not break the law, or there was no valid suspicion of you breaking the law, there ought not be a legal reason for police interaction.

The dangers of taking someone else's prescription drugs

With health care costs as high as they are, you may be like many others here in Pennsylvania who hesitate to go to the doctor for ailments they don't consider serious. Even so, you have some pain that is intense enough to make you want to take something to make it go away.

When over-the-counter medications just won't do the trick, taking a medication prescribed to someone else may be a temptation. However, you may want to think twice about doing so.

What is the Pennsylvania law for online child pornography?

The mere mention of the words "online child pornography" when it is related to state charges in Pennsylvania or federal charges has the potential to stigmatize a person regardless of their guilt or innocence. However, no matter the situation, it is important for a person who is accused of exploiting children or being involved in child pornography to be aware of the need for a strong legal defense.

With the legal penalties and inevitable aftermath of needing to be part of a National Sex Offender Registry after a guilty verdict, understanding the law for child pornography and how it is graded is vital. If a person views, possesses or is in control of a book, a pamphlet, a magazine, a video, a film, an image or a depiction on a computer of a child who is younger than 18 who is taking part in sexual acts that are illegal or is simulating such acts, it will be considered child pornography.

Avoid A DUI While Enjoying Your Friday After Class (FAC)

You’ve spent your week studying hard for your classes at Butler County Community College. When you weren’t studying or in class, you were at work. Now that the weekend is finally here you just want to let loose and relax with friends. It’s time to celebrate FAC.

A few of you have made plans to get together for dinner, drinks and a night of fun. You offered to drive because your vehicle will fit everyone. While this is a nice gesture, you may want to suggest other options for transportation.

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