It is difficult to read the news these days without seeing those scary two words: "death penalty." No matter who you are, it is important to know a few things about it because the United States is one of the top five countries in the world when it comes to legal executions.
If you are looking to have a criminal record expunged from Centre County, you should know that the costs are about to increase. Effective January 1, 2017 the court costs, not the legal fee, will increase from $75 to $207.
Drug abuse is often a key factor in criminal behavior. Unfortunately, locking up drug abusers doesn't stop crime, and it doesn't stop drug addiction. Pennsylvania recognizes that fact and has set up Drug Courts throughout the state. In the federal system, drug treatment is available for many inmates through the Bureau of Prisons.
If you have a conviction for a misdemeanor on your record you know that it presents certain hurdles for you in terms of getting ahead in your job, educational opportunities or finding a place to live. Pennsylvania's Governor Wolfe recently signed into law a Senate bill which will allow for the sealing of certain criminal records. It is not exactly an expungement but it will provide limited access to the misdemeanor records.
According to Federal Judge Alex Kozinski, it is time for the courts to reject what he refers to as "voodoo science".
A 21st birthday can mean many things to a student, including the ability to go to the bars and legally drink, go to concerts in 21-and-over rooms and visit local breweries and tasting rooms. Students who turn 21 have the ability to go out for dinner with friends and have a glass of wine or a pint of beer.
If you read my other blogs and articles you know that it is very important to keep your criminal record as clean as possible and if there is a blemish to try to have it expunged. Unfortunately, it is impossible to expunge every part of a record. Allow me to explain.
Pennsylvania State University recently resumed classes and this year's incoming freshman class of nearly 8,600 students is among the largest to ever be welcomed into the Penn State community. For freshmen, the first year of college is marked by many other firsts as they attempt to navigate and balance burgeoning academic and social lives.
Pennsylvania has had an anti-hazing law which applied only to college students. In May of this year, however, Governor Wolfe extended the provisions of the anti-hazing law to 7th-12th graders.
The United States Education Department has issued new guidelines under Title IX that prohibits sex discrimination at educational institutions like Penn State . The schools can lose funding if they use the standard of clear and convincing evidence for investigating alleged sexual assaults. The new standard is a preponderance of the evidence which requires a lower degree of proof.