Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made a landmark ruling in the case Miranda vs. Arizona. You have no doubt heard the words they mandated in that ruling over and over again: You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you.
Being arrested for drunk driving can be a very scary and stressful experience. It can also leave you wondering what's going to happen to you, and whether there is any hope that the charges against you may be reduced or dropped. When it comes to DUI cases, details matter and the factors related to your stop, testing and arrest also matter.
Miranda warnings are a critical aspect of the criminal process. Based on the landmark Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona, the warning is essentially a reminder that law enforcement is authorized to use statements and information provided by the accused against him or her in court. It is also a warning that the accused has no obligation to answer questions against their will, and that they have a constitutional right to remain silent (so that they do not incriminate themselves) if they are in custody.
Last week, a Bucks County man was arrested for allegedly selling marijuana to an undercover police officer from Lansdale. Police began investigating the man two months ago when they were told that an employee at a local deli was involved in selling marijuana.
Every Pennsylvania driver must follow the law when it comes to impaired driving. Essentially, anyone operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 and above can be charged with a misdemeanor. The law applies to everyone, even police officers. So there is a sense of irony when a police officer is charged with a DUI.
Halftime during the prime-time Sunday night football game is usually reserved for recapping the day around the NFL. It is commonly non-partisan and designed to give fans an updates and analysis on football games. However, during halftime of game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, broadcaster Bob Costas used his segment to advocate for gun control as part of his reporting on the murder-suicide involving Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs.
After claiming that their rights were violated by the 'kids-for-cash' case, 1,066 former defendants from Luzerne County Juvenile Court and their parents will split $12.2 million. The settlement is part of a class-action suit against a developer who paid off two judges to place convicted juvenile offenders in for-profit detention center that his firm built.
After voters in Colorado and Washington approved initiatives legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, officials in Pennsylvania were expectedly quizzical about the possibility of legalized marijuana use in the commonwealth.
In a scenario that seems more like a plot from a heist movie, federal authorities recently uncovered a scheme where an ATM servicer stole nearly $80,000 from two machines by replacing cash with counterfeit bills.
People may see bank robbers as desperate individuals who are strapped for cash, or greedy opportunists who don't think about making an honest living. While these notions may have some attached to them, money (or the lack thereof) is rarely the single factor in bank robberies. In fact, it could be the manifestation of an addiction.