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Man faces DWI offenses and weapons charges after hit-and-run

Law enforcement in Butler and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania treat drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs very seriously. Since these acts can cause injuries and fatalities, there is great vigilance to stop and arrest drivers who exhibit signs of intoxication. In some instances, there is a motor vehicle accident and the driver was alleged to have been committing DWI offenses. Often, there are other factors that will increase the charges to greater severity. Along with that will come harsher penalties and potential consequences. After an arrest, having legal advice is crucial regardless of the circumstances.

A 42-year-old man from West Virginia was arrested on multiple offenses in Pittsburgh. Officers were contacted in the early-morning hours at around 1:15 a.m. According to the investigation, he crashed into two vehicles as he drove the wrong way on the street. When he was caught, officers charged him with DUI, reckless driving, hit-and-run and other crimes. Upon searching the vehicle, the officers claimed to have found four guns. He did not have permits for the weapons. There were no injuries and the investigation is continuing.

Assault versus aggravated assault in Pennsylvania

It is not unheard of for people to get into a scuffle here and there. However, when an argument turns physical, one person can be accused of committing an assault offense. Fortunately, there are some defenses that could be employed when developing a defense strategy against assault charges.

State charges of assault in Pennsylvania are divided into two separate offenses: simple assault and aggravated assault. Simple assault is a misdemeanor in the second degree, with some exceptions. Aggravated assault is a more serious offense than simple assault. Aggravated assault is either a first-degree felony or a second-degree felony, depending on the circumstances. Simple assault and aggravated assault differ based upon whether a person causes or threatens to cause serious bodily injury or whether the accused shows an extreme indifference to human life. The relationship between the accused and the alleged victim and whether a weapon is involved also play a role in whether the offense constitutes simple assault or aggravated assault.

Accused meth dealer tries to escape arrest, hits police car

An alleged meth dealer was caught in an undercover sting recently.  Law enforcement arranged to meet Gary Yancey Jr. on Constitution Drive in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Mar. 6. According to WFMZ-TV, they exchanged text messages and phone calls about meeting to buy meth.

Can I be charged with a crime if my BAC is below the legal limit?

Many Pennsylvanians will drink alcohol at special occasions such as holidays or weddings. Some even choose to drink alcohol on a more regular basis, for example, at happy hour following the workday. In either case, most Pennsylvanians will make sure they do not drive drunk. They will either not become intoxicated in the first place, or they will make alternate arrangements for getting home, such as riding with a designated driver or hailing a taxi cab. However, instances of drunk driving do occur.

Pennsylvanians may already know that it is illegal for a person to drive if their blood alcohol concentration is 0.08 percent or greater. This is known as "per se" driving under the influence, which means that no further evidence is needed to convict the motorist of DUI. However, a motorist in Pennsylvania could also be convicted of DUI even if their BAC is below 0.08 percent if there is sufficient evidence to show that the motorist had consumed alcohol and, because of that, was incapable of driving safely.

Timely, knowledgeable response to criminal charges vital

The criminal law realm is not unusual in the legal universe for being broad-based and complex. Many other areas of the law – from personal injury and estate planning to bankruptcy and insurance defense – are also nuanced and entail multiple considerations.

It can certainly be argued, though, that the criminal law sphere is unrivaled in one important way, namely this: its penalties, and the sheer degree to which their application against an individual can turn that person’s life upside down.

Pennsylvania court denies request in internet sex crime case

Sex-related offenses involving children are often aggressively prosecuted in Pennsylvania. Defendants, however, are entitled to the most aggressive and experienced support available. In many situations, this type of assistance is crucial toward a positive outcome when internet sex crime charges have been filed.

One of the things a defense attorney can do for a client is investigate all the details concerning the actions of law enforcement agents, any searches or seizures that may have taken place, as well as the direct process of the arrest itself. In the past, many attorneys have determined that investigating and/or arresting officers failed to act according to strictly prescribed protocols, thus possibly violating the personal rights of the accused. In a recent situation, a man who has already been incarcerated for sexual assault claims that officers searched his cell phone without first obtaining the required warrant.

Federal drug case involves alleged heroin crimes

A situation recently developed in another state that resulted in many arrests. Some officials have commented that the federal drug case has brought down a major heroin ring in the area. Similar incidents in Pennsylvania in the past have prompted defendants to seek aggressive defense assistance before they faced their charges in court.

Seven different people were arrested in conjunction with the recent drug investigation. Authorities say there is an eighth person involved. They expect him to turn himself in before long.

Fighting federal drug charges may preserve your reputation

Being formally accused of a crime may adversely affect one's reputation. Especially for those to whom good standing in a community is important, being faced with federal drug charges may place personal and professional reputations at risk. It is often possible to build a strong defense against such charges. In Pennsylvania, the process is typically begun by securing experienced criminal defense guidance.

Much is often at stake when standing trial on serious drug charges. If convicted, a defendant may face decades of time behind bars, as well as substantial monetary fines that may wreak financial devastation upon his or her family. Exploring all available options toward a strong defense is often made easier by enlisting the assistance of a skilled criminal attorney.

Couple faces federal drug charges, police want their help

Being held in jail in Pennsylvania would obviously be a stressful experience. A situation may become complicated for those facing federal drug charges if law enforcement agents start asking for their help to aid in further investigations. This appears to the case in another state where a man and woman have been arrested on suspicion of selling carfentanil.

This drug is said to be at least 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Authorities involved in the case have said they hope the man and woman will cooperate in their investigation by providing information that may lead them to other suspects higher up in the drug distribution chain. Whether the defendants provide authorities with the information they are seeking remains to be seen.

Man from Pennsylvania charged with identity theft

U.S. Marshals have been pursuing a man from Pennsylvania accused of stealing the identity of his girlfriend's former spouse. The 25-year-old has been formally charged with identity theft, but he was in another state when he was arrested. Authorities claim the man committed several other crimes, as well.

The accused is said to have obtained property through false information. Officials say there was also an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Pennsylvania related to a probation violation. The former husband of the man's girlfriend apparently alerted authorities that his identity might have been stolen when he applied for a car loan and was denied.

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