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Judge gives Villanova teen second chance after drug charges

A drug conviction often comes with serious charges that can impact a person for a lifetime. These penalties can be especially hard on young people in Philadelphia who have their whole lives ahead of them. However, it is possible for some to turn their lives around after being given another chance, even if drug trafficking charges still lead to a conviction.

Subpoenas are mandatory orders to deliver testimony

Subpoenas are often mentioned in the Pennsylvania news, but the technical meaning of this legal term may not be understood by everyone. According to Cornell University’s Legal Information Institute, a subpoena is a document that compels a person to provide testimony in some sort of formal legal setting. These written orders often require the person to appear before a court, but can they can also involve other types of proceedings, such as providing testimony for a Congressional inquiry.

High racial disparity in Pennsylvania marijuana arrests

According to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union, there is a high racial disparity in Pennsylvania’s marijuana-related arrests. The study shows that whites in the state are 5.2 times less likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than African Americans. This is higher than the national average, in which whites, on average, are 3.73 times less likely to be arrested for this offense. This national disparity is not confined to certain cities or states; it exists in all parts of the country.

Marijuana may become decriminalized in Philadelphia

According to Pennsylvania’s Controlled Substance, Drug Device, and Cosmetic Act, it is illegal for anyone in the state to possess a controlled substance, like marijuana. If a person is believed to be guilty for the possession of drugs, they face serious penalties, such as the requirement to spend up to a year in prison, pay a fine that does not exceed $5,000 or both.

Man sentenced to prison after possessing marijuana

In Pennsylvania, it is against the law to possess controlled or illegal substances, like marijuana. Although people may keep drugs in their possession for a variety of different reasons, if it can be proven that they knowingly possessed a drug, they will be found guilty of a drug crime.

Marijuana found in the car of a Pennsylvania man

In Pennsylvania, possessing a controlled substance, like marijuana, is considered a crime. If the prosecutor can prove that there is clear evidence that shows the accused person is responsible of possession of drugs, they will be considered guilty. However, lack of proof that links the person's identity to the source of the drugs may allow them to rid themselves of these charges.

Man arrested in Pennsylvania for keeping heroin in his car

Drug crimes are punishable on both the state and federal level. In particular, possession of drugs, like marijuana, prescription drugs and other narcotics, is a crime that is associated with consequences in Philadelphia like fines, jail time and the possibility of a permanent criminal record.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court enables law enforcement to search vehicles without warrant

The United States Constitution protects all citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures, but this right typically applies only to a person’s home or place of business. Until recently, however, authorities in Pennsylvania were required to obtain a warrant from a judge before searching a vehicle for evidence of a drug crime, sex crime, or even drunk driving.

Pennsylvania lawmakers considering implementation of prescription drug database

Illegal drug use in Pennsylvania is on the rise. Last year, there were more than 55 drug overdose deaths in Washington County alone. Some people may not realize that many people turn to prescription pills to satisfy their addictions, often by shopping for multiple doctors to write prescriptions.

Pennsylvania prep school graduates arrested for running large drug ring

Some Pennsylvanians may think that they can identify drug dealers and drug ring operators, but sometimes they are more difficult to detect. In some cases, people who are arrested for drug trafficking appear harmless to most people, making their drug rings even more difficult to uncover.

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