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  • Underage Drinking; Several Things You Need to Know
    Underage Drinking; Several Things You Need to Know

    Aside from a hefty fine, there are several important things to know about the crime of underage drinking. The crime of underage drinking found in 18 Pa.C.S. Section 6308 is defined as follows: "A ...

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  • Searches In or Around the Home
    Searches In or Around the Home

    Persons that have a legitimate expectation of privacy in their homes are protected against searches by state actors, absent consent or exigent circumstances. The right of the people to be secure in ...

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  • Parole Searches in Pennsylvania Revisited
    Parole Searches in Pennsylvania Revisited

    Parolees/Probationers have constitutional rights against unlawful searches and seizures. The Fourth Amendment prohibits the warrantless search of probationers' or parolees' residences without the ...

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  • Pennsylvania's New Child Protection Law and Its Interplay with Custody
    Pennsylvania's New Child Protection Law and Its Interplay with Custody

    A few changes in 2013 and 2014 to the Child Protective Services Law ("CPSL") have two major changes involving child custody. The newly-enacted law focused on enhancing child protection emerged after ...

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  • Changes to SORNA (Megan's Law IV) Applicability
    Changes to SORNA (Megan's Law IV) Applicability

    Since Megan's Law IV became effective on December 20, 2012, there have been several decisions that have altered the Act's applicability in some cases. I have previously published blog articles on ...

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  • "Standing" Needed to Challenge an Illegal Search and Seizure

    In order to challenge the constitutionality of a police search, one must have "standing." In its simplest form, "standing" is the personal right to exercise a constitutional challenge. The law ...

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