A recent suppression ruling which resulted in an Erie, PA DUI case being dismissed highlights the challenges facing police when attempting to enforce Pennsylvania’s “No Texting While Driving” statute. The law found at 75 P.S. §3316(a) (Prohibiting Text-Based Communications) only prohibits text-based communications while still permitting motorists to use their cell phones in a myriad of other lawful ways. And therein lies the problem.
Tom Pysz, host of We Question and Learn on WQLN Radio, interviewed Erie lawyer Tim George in a special Memorail Day program about his deployment to Iraq in 2009 and the second and third order effects his service had on his employees, clients and his family and how the wars impact service members and their families across the country.
People call us all the time about a minor offense committed many years ago that keep showing up on background checks. These "minor" offenses sometimes resulted in a prison sentence, but more often resulted in just probation and a fine. The problem is that in Pennsylvania the law makes it hard to forget the mistakes we made when we were young.
A question frequently asked by many people who have never been in any trouble before receiving new criminal charges in the mail is whether ARD is just for allegations of DUI. The good news is that someone who faces charges like retail theft, theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking, false reports, forgery, trespass or minor drug offenses can receive ARD, too - if you meet all of the other eligibility requirements for ARD.
If the most revered military commander in recent history and current CIA Director can be forced to resign because his email communications with his mistress Paula Broadwell were recovered by law enforcement without either his consent or a search warrant, then your emails can be recorded, stored and recovered with relative ease by third parties, too.
A recent Court decision in New York reminds us that we should choose our Facebook “friends” wisely. The opinion describes how a “friend” became a cooperating witness (commonly called a “snitch”) and used his status as a “friend” to give the government information that will be used by prosecutors at trial. The same reasoning applies to everyone in Pennsylvania, writes Erie Criminal Defense Attorney and Computer Crimes Lawyer Tim George.
Life may no longer mean life for juveniles in Erie and throughout Pennsylvania sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, the U.S. Supreme Court recenly held in a case involving a juvenile in Alabama. This ruling affects 12 state prisoners serving life sentences from Erie and Crawford Counties, according to the Erie Times News. But how exactly the ruling will be implememented remains unclear. Call Erie Juvenile Lawyer Tim George to get a copy of the opinion.
Althought not the only reason to hire an attorney, a high peer review rating can help you decide whether to hire a lawyer for criminal charges in Erie, Warren or Meadville, Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania criminal defense & DUI law firm of Purchase & George, P.C. is pleased to announce that Erie PA criminal attorney & DUI lawyer, Tim George, has received a rating of AV -Preeminent by the Martinadale Hubbell Peer Review Rating Service.
The recent unanimous decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court makes clear that the "costs of prosecution" which routinely must be paid by a defendant upon conviction may not include the salaries and wages of the prosecutors and detectives who worked on the case.
In Pennsylvania, when we hear that someone is charged with DUI, we tend to assume that the person was driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs (like marijuana or cocaine), or a combination of both. However, DUI simply means driving while impaired by any substance to a degree that renders one incapable of driving safely. Erie DUI prescription drug lawyer Tim George has defended motorists facing allegations of DUI (Prescription Drugs) in Erie, Millcreek, Girard and Edinboro, Pennsylvania when the amount of lawfully prescribed medicine was even within the therpeutic range, according to the prescribing physician.
Getting high in college can end up being a really expensive buzz when a drug conviction costs you a federal loan or grant or your work study job. You should not wait until after you are convicted to get the answers to the questions that affect your academic future. Call (814) 835-0400.
Here is some good news for young people convicted of underage drinking in Erie, Edinboro, Meadville and throughout northwest Pennsylvania. You don't have to wait 5 years to have your record expunged. You only have to be 21 or older and have satisfied all terms and conditions of your sentence, including any suspension of your driver's license.
After many years of having to advise clients that their summary convictions could not be expunged, we now have some good news. As a result of an amendment to the law in Pennsylvania in January 2009, the summary conviction you might have received several years ago in Erie, Edinboro or Meadville can be expunged if you have been "free of arrest or prosecution for five years following the conviction."
In Erie, Edinboro and Meadville Pennsylvania, some cases like theft and certain drug offenses can be resolved without a trial, without a conviction and without prison. Even better, the charges can be dismissed and your arrest record cleared if you qualify for a program known as ARD. This is especially important for local college students at Penn State Behrend, Gannon University, Mercyhurst College, Edinboro University and Allegheny College facing criminal allegations for the first time. If you face charges and plan to be a school teacher or want to pursue a career in criminal justice, you've come to the right place for help. Call (814) 835-0400 to dicuss your case and preserve your future.
In Erie and Meadville Pennsylvania, for some people, DUI and other criminal allegations can be resolved without a trial, without a conviction and without prison. Even better, the charges can be dismissed and your arrest record cleared if you qualify for a program known as ARD. Learn if you qualify by calling (814) 835-0400.