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Fewer teenagers may be experimenting with underage drinking

Over the Memorial Day weekend, many people in Philadelphia got together with friends and family for a barbecue, at the beach or one of the many other festivities that come with a three-day weekend. It is not unusual for alcohol to be served at such events. While it is legal for people age 21 or older to drink alcohol, this past weekend some teenagers may have had the opportunity to experiment with underage drinking. However, the number of teens doing so may not be as high as one thinks.

What is a 'firearm' under the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act?

One may think that a person has the unequivocal right to carry a firearm. However, this is not always the case. In fact, there are instances in which the possession of a firearm, even if it is not used while committing of a crime, is illegal.

Pa. state senator wants to boost repeat drunk driving penalties

Whether it is a beer at a ballgame, a round of drinks with your co-workers during happy hour, or simply relaxing at home with a glass of wine, many people in Pennsylvania are responsible drinkers. However, it is entirely possible that a person could get pulled over after even having one mere drink and accused of drunk driving. Current penalties associated with drunk driving already can result in serious consequences. However, one senator in the commonwealth wants to see an increase in the penalties a person accused of repeat drunk driving could face.

Philadelphia attorneys fight for clients facing weapons charges

The Second Amendment right to bear arms is very important to many in Philadelphia. A person may want to keep a weapon in their home for security purposes. Others use weapons for recreational purposes, such as hunting or skeet shooting. However, there are situations in which it is illegal for a person to have a weapon. For example, if a person is a convicted felon, in general they are not allowed to have a weapon. A person may also not carry a firearm on Philadelphia public property unless he or she has the proper permit or license. Similarly, a person may not carry a concealed firearm unless he or she has the proper permit or license.

What are some crimes associated with underage drinking?

Many adults in Pennsylvania enjoy having a drink or two, whether it is at a party or simply at the end of a long workday. Teenagers too may be curious about alcohol, and it is not unusual for teens in Pennsylvania to dabble in underage drinking. However, police in Pennsylvania will not go easy on teens caught breaking any one of a number of crimes associated with underage drinking.

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