Anyone in Central Pennsylvania who's familiar with the Arts Fest is likely eagerly awaiting July. This time is when the downtown area near Penn State University turns into a stage for student entertainers, as well as venues for carnival games, food vendors and a grand parade. Many will stand in line to get an autograph from their favorite student-athletes at Beaver Stadium just before the kick-off of the annual scrimmage game. You might already have a tentative itinerary planned for the occasion.
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.
Criminal penalties can change. This is highlighted by the upcoming change to Pennsylvania's driving under the influence (DUI) sentencing options.
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.
There are now new licensing requirements for commercial truck drivers in Pennsylvania. The Federal Government overhauled the regulations for commercial truck drivers and is now requiring applicants to pass more extensive road tests and provide better proof of identity and residency.
Recently President Obama issued 95 commutations and 2 pardons. Most of these clemency grants were for drug-related offenses. Many of the crimes involved cocaine.
After recent mass shootings, the request for concealed carry permits has jumped. In one western county, the average request was fifteen to twenty per day and that has spiked to sixty applications per day. In Allegheny County, PA, the chief deputy sheriff has said that applications have risen significantly in the past month.
The United States Supreme Court has agreed to decided three cases where people were suspected of drunk driving. The suspects' contention is that the they're Constitutional Rights were violated.
In some circles, plea bargaining is a process that induces too many defendants to plead guilty to avoid what has become known as a trial penalty. It is well known among experienced lawyers that people who go to trial and are found guilty receive a much more severe sentence than they would have had they simply pled guilty and foregone a trial.
If you are a State College High School student or a Penn State University student, you may want to think twice before texting nude pictures. One study has found that nearly 30% of American teens send a nude photo of themselves to another teen.