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Vehicle search laws in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia residents who are pulled over for a traffic stop may wonder if police officers are allowed to search their vehicles without a warrant. According to an article by RT.com, last year it became legal for law enforcement to conduct warrantless vehicle searches in Pennsylvania. Previously, authorities were required to obtain a warrant before they could search someone’s car for drugs or other illegal items, or they needed a car owner’s consent to search.

Driver may face homicide charge after fatal hit-and-run

Police in Pennsylvania have reported that a 62-year-old woman lost her life on March 15 in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident. The woman was struck as she walked with her sister on the shoulder of Airport Road in Hanover Township at approximately 9:00 p.m. Responding emergency services personnel pronounced her dead at the scene.

Can a minor receive criminal charges for sexting?

Go to the mall, a fast food restaurant or anywhere else you’re likely to find teenagers, and you’ll hardly see one without a cellphone. Cellphones give teens the opportunity to keep in touch with their friends via texting and social media. However, Pennsylvania teenagers may not even realize that they can get into serious trouble with the law just by having certain pictures stored on their phones. The potential consequences are even worse if they send these pictures to their friends and other contacts. It can be a nightmare to imagine that your own teen might be facing criminal charges for “sexting,” a type of text messaging that’s popular among middle school and high school students.

Ignition interlock laws in Pennsylvania

If you’re facing DUI charges, you may wonder what penalties you’re facing. Depending on whether you’ve had any previous drunk driving convictions in Pennsylvania, you may only face a fine, or you could end up with more serious consequences such as heavier fines and jail time. You may also end up with an order to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. The attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., fully understand the laws surrounding first-time and subsequent DUIs in Pennsylvania, including ignition interlock laws.

Pennsylvania trucker faces time in prison

On Jan. 13, 2014, a man accused of falling asleep while operating a tractor-trailer on Interstate 78 reportedly struck a 2000 Ford Taurus from behind, and the vehicles caught fire. The driver of the truck sustained no injuries, according to authorities, but the driver of the Taurus, a 65-year-old male, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Harsh white collar laws can have unintended effects

Someone who is facing a charge of fraud, embezzlement or other type of white collar crime in Pennsylvania may be looking at serious consequences, including heavy fines and a lengthy prison sentence. State and federal laws do not look kindly on white collar crime. However, some laws that address this may have consequences that are harsher than intended when the laws were written, or they may affect people with no real connection to white collar crime.

Pennsylvania man pleads guilty in drunk driving case

A 64-year-old man pleaded guilty to a charge of homicide by vehicle and will be sentenced to three to six years in jail on May 20. The 31-year-old victim was killed on in February 2013 as he was driving northbound on Route 28 in O'Hara at about 12:30 a.m. According to police, the man who caused the crash was driving southbound in the northbound lane that the victim had been driving in.

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