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3 ripple effects of a white collar conviction

Being charged with a white collar crime is no small matter. While it may lack the stigma of drug charges or other types of crimes, the consequences may be no less severe. Offenses such as bank fraud, embezzlement and RICO violations all have the potential to land you in prison and majorly disrupt your life.

Differences in Pennsylvania juvenile and adult defense

If your child has been charged with an offense and is destined for a trip through the juvenile justice system, one of your concerns may be whether he or she will be treated the same as an adult. The answer is that unless your child is charged as an adult, he or she should have an experience that focuses more on help and rehabilitation and less on punishment.

What is embezzlement?

Embezzlement is a crime against property. The key aspect that differentiates it from other types of theft is that the accused had legal access to money belonging to another.

Reasons to get a juvenile's record expunged

Many parents make the mistake of assuming  that a juvenile's arrest record is automatically sealed once he or she turns 18. That is not the case. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, over 900,000 kids under the age of 18 were arrested in 2015, and those arrests are going to be public unless their records are expunged.

Pennsylvania’s drug offenders need treatment, not incarceration

If you are among those who have spent time behind bars in Pennsylvania, then you probably know that many of those currently calling the state’s jails and prisons home are there because they committed drug-related offenses. Though not yet available in all areas, drug courts, which allow addicts like you to avoid serving time by instead taking part in highly regimented and supervised drug diversion programs, have proven results.