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Pittsburgh Man Charged with “Abuse of a Corpse”

By Ernest D. Preate, Jr. |

A man who flushed his grandparents’ ashes down a toilet will stand trial for “abuse of a corpse” and criminal mischief. The man, who is 33 years old, is believed to have been acting out after his mother kicked him out of the house and demanded that he find his own place to live…. Read More »

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Scranton Firefighter Suspected of DUI

By Ernest D. Preate, Jr. |

Local police officers suspect it was a firefighter who was behind the wheel of a car crash that sent four people to the hospital in early April. Police believe he was under the influence of alcohol when the crash took place. The four people are not believed to be badly injured and, as of… Read More »

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Penalties of Underage Drinking and Driving In Pennsylvania

By Ernest D. Preate, Jr. |

Like everywhere else in the United States, the legal drinking age in Pennsylvania is 21. For underage drivers who decide to drink and operate on the road, there are much harsher penalties than of-age drivers as Pennsylvania has a zero-tolerance policy for underage DUI. If you are facing underage DUI charges, it’s important to… Read More »

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What to Expect When You Are Granted Parole

By Ernest D. Preate, Jr. |

It is a freeing feeling knowing after your time in prison, your good behavior has given you the opportunity for parole, but that doesn’t mean your life automatically goes back to normal. Life after you are granted parole in Pennsylvania can be tricky and frustrating at times, but it may be easier to navigate… Read More »

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Understanding Reasonable Suspicion and DUI Arrests

By Ernest D. Preate, Jr. |

In 2017, there were nearly 20,000 driving-under-the-influence-related arrests, with a slight increase from the year before. Troopers are certified as drug recognition experts to make DUI arrests. When they pull you over, they are looking keenly for physical and psychological signs of impairment under an array of drugs. Knowing your rights in the event… Read More »

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Seeking Treatment after a DUI

By Ernest D. Preate, Jr. |

Being charged or convicted of driving under the influence may cause a period of reflection to help you understand the factors leading up to doesn’t necessarily mean you are an alcoholic or have an addiction problem. You may be given mandatory treatment by a court. If not, however, there are a lot of counseling,… Read More »

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The New Pennsylvania Criminal Laws You Need to Know for 2019

By Ernest D. Preate, Jr. |

It was a productive year in the Pennsylvania legislature, with elected officials producing nearly 250 new laws taking effect this year. Toll fares are increasing 6%, there are more protections for animals left in hot cars, and it may get easier to save for college. However, there were a number of important additions and… Read More »

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The Possible Penalties of Being Charged With DUI/DWI

By Ernest D. Preate, Jr. |

In 2018, Pennsylvania lawmakers wrapped up their legislative session by passing hundreds of new laws on a variety of topics: one of them includes new, tougher penalties on repeat DUI offenders. It also includes the state’s first felony for breaking DUI laws. It’s important to know what possible penalties you can expect whether you’re… Read More »

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Understanding Drug Possession in Pennsylvania

By Ernest D. Preate, Jr. |

With millions of Americans struggling with substance abuse, punishments for drug-related crimes can be harsh and severe. Last year, over 1.3 million people were arrested for drug possession, making up for 85% of drug-related arrests. While marijuana possession and legalization laws are rapidly changing around the country, it remains highly illegal to possess controlled… Read More »

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