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November 2014 Archives

Juvenile detention rate causes concern in Pennsylvania


Juveniles, just like adults, commit crimes in Philadelphia. A teenager can be charged with drug possession, theft, assault and any other crime that adults can commit. Juvenile cases are handled slightly differently than adult cases, though. The main difference with the juvenile law system is that the goal of punishment is rehabilitation instead of punishment alone. Therefore, the punishments themselves are generally different and do not involve detention quite as often.

Penalties for distribution of Schedule I-V drugs in Pennsylvania


The severity of the penalty for selling drugs in Pennsylvania depends on the type of drug at issue. Under Pennsylvania's Controlled Substances, Drugs, Device, and Cosmetic Act drugs are grouped into different categories based upon their medical value and the extent to which their use can lead to addiction. There are five different categories known as Schedules I through V.

What are the penalties for a third DUI in Pennsylvania?


Drinking and driving is considered a very dangerous activity in Philadelphia. As such, if a person is caught driving under the influence, the penalties can be severe. Many people stop drinking and driving after a first DUI, but some people are caught drinking and driving on multiple occasions. These individuals are seen as an even bigger danger to the public, as they do not seem to learn from their previous mistakes. We previously discussed the penalties for first and second-time DUIs, but, as one might guess, the penalties are worse for someone who has had two or more prior DUIs.

What are the penalties for illegal possession of a firearm?


There are many people in Philadelphia who own or possess firearms. Many of these individuals are allowed to possess the firearms and have the proper licenses to carry them. However, many people have lost their right to possess firearms as a result of committing certain crimes. Previously we discussed the many offenses that result in the loss of a person's right to possess a firearm.

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