Recently the State College Borough Council passed a rule allowing State College Police to charge a person with a borough ordinance for marijuana possession rather than charging them with a state criminal offense of possession, a misdemeanor. The police would be permitted to issue a non-traffic citation to anyone possessing marijuana. The penalty in the ordinance is $250 for possession and $350 for smoking in a public place.
Recently the United States Supreme Court gave police officers the right to administer warrantless breath tests to anyone they suspect of drunk driving. The case, Birchfield v. North Dakota will affect the laws in eleven states. Some authorities believe that the case will lead to an increase in drunk driving convictions around the country.
Under Pennsylvania's medical amnesty law, if a person in good faith calls and believes he or she is the first to call 911, the police, an ambulance, or campus security, and also gives their name and stays with the person to prevent that person's death or serious injury, the caller is immune from prosecution for consumption or possession of alcohol or drugs.
In Pennsylvania, if a person is convicted of any offense involving the possession, sale, delivery, or giving away of any controlled substance, such as marijuana, cocaine, or heroin, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDoT) will suspend that person's driver's license.
If you were a defendant in a case involving drug charges that were tested in a laboratory, you may be interested in the following story.
Everybody has heard how the court system is backed up and clogged with so many cases. The following is a letter to the editor printed in The Wall Street Journal. The letter was written by a retired state court trial judge. It may help to shed some light on the "backlog" problem. The letter reads: