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Understanding federal mail fraud charges in Pennsylvania

Sometimes, something as simple as sending a letter may result in criminal charges for you and others, in Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. Being charged with the federal crime of mail fraud may have serious consequences, with lasting implications. People often ask us at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., we are often asked about mail fraud charges. Therefore, in this post we will discuss what constitutes this offense under federal law, as well as the potential penalties you could face if convicted.

Outdoor party attractions can be hazardous

Outdoor events can be particularly popular during good weather in Pennsylvania. Modern event attractions can be fun because they can be set up in a variety of private or public settings to accommodate a wide range of ages and interests. A rock climbing experience, bounce house, or trampoline can provide a way to add a sense of fun and adventure to one's events. However, premises liability can become a serious issue if the portable attractions used at an event cause injuries to participants. This was the case for a man who attended a picnic for his wife's employer in New Jersey recently.

When does sexting become a crime in Pennsylvania?

As a teen in Pennsylvania today, you likely have easy access to the Internet, which may allow you to take and share personal photos, sometimes without your parents’ knowledge. However, if these images contain nudity, or are sexual in nature, you could face serious criminal charges. In the state of Pennsylvania, transmitting sexually explicit images, also known as sexting, is a crime if you are under the age of 18-years-old.

Drowsy driving leads to danger on the road

Research shows that drivers in Pennsylvania and across the nation are nodding off at the wheel and putting themselves and others in danger of a motor vehicle accident. A new study by the AAA has estimated that more than two-fifths of the drivers who take the road have done so when they are tired and have found themselves falling asleep while behind the wheel of their vehicles.

Pennsylvania sentenced after pleading guilty in 6th DUI case

Driving under the influence of alcohol is considered a serious offense in Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. Consequently, those who are convicted of this offense often face severe penalties. These may include hefty fines, and jail or prison sentences. People may also lose their driving privileges for a specified period of time, or indefinitely, as well as be required to use ignition interlock devices.

Getting teens to think twice about drinking and driving

Pennsylvania parents may find that their teenagers don't listen as well as they would like, but where drinking and driving is concerned, it is imperative that the message gets through. Fortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tends to be very successful in making such messages memorable. The idea of friends not letting friends drive drunk is familiar, a campaign that the NHTSA organized. The agency also made inroads with young men through the messaging about buzzed driving being drunk driving. Together with the Ad Council, NHTSA will target underage drinking and driving with a new campaign.

The penalties for marijuana distribution in Pennsylvania

Although it is a scheduled controlled substance, drug crimes involving marijuana are handled differently than those involving other illegal substances in Pennsylvania. This includes offenses relating to the distribution of marijuana. In order for people to help protect their rights, it may be helpful for them to have an understanding of marijuana distribution charges, and the potential penalties for this offense.

OSHA enforcement in nursing and health care facilities

While Pennsylvania residents may be most familiar with the safety challenges nursing homes and hospitals face in providing care to patients, OSHA has recently increased its vigilance over the safety conditions for workers in these institutions. In the past, these industries have received little scrutiny from OSHA, but a June 2015 announcement from one of the organization's leaders has resulted in greater attention to and enforcement for in-patient care facilities.

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