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Trio of Pennsylvania residents facing drug charges

Two men and a woman are facing charges in connection with police seizing a number of bags of heroin recently. Police claim they found 78 bags of heroin at a residence while serving a warrant for the sale of drugs. Being convicted on drug charges can be life-altering in many ways, and these Pennsylvania residents need to fight the charges aggressively with adept legal teams. 

Two are the accused are married -- a 29-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man. The couple allegedly told police that they allowed the third man, 33, to use their residence as a place from which to sell the heroin in exchange for lowering the price on their own purchases of the drug. The single man is facing felony and misdemeanor drug charges, including manufacturing, delivering or possession with intent to manufacture to to deliver a controlled substance.

Pennsylvania man charged with child endangerment, DUI

Facing a serious charge can be overwhelming and quite intimidating. A conviction on a DUI charge can be life-altering, but there is help for anyone needing to fight those charges in Pennsylvania. Such is the case of a 42-year-old man recently accused of intoxicated driving while there were three children in the back seat of the vehicle. The man was charged with endangering the welfare of children and DUI.

State police pulled the vehicle over for what they say was erratic driving. Cops say the vehicle was drifting in and of the oncoming lane of traffic. When the vehicle was pulled over, police said the children were in the back seat without wearing seat belts and without being in proper safety seats. They also said they smelled alcohol on the driver. 

7 Pennsylvania residents up on various drug charges

Facing any felony charge can be scary and confusing. Drug charges are considered very serious in Pennsylvania and those facing them, such as the six men and one woman recently charged, may fare better in having an aggressive legal team to help fight the charges. They have all been charged with various drug-related charges in connection with an alleged drug operation in Reading.

Authorities say all seven of the accused were running a drug operation around the clock out of a residence. Sales, police said, were being conducted 24/7 at the back door of the premises. On forced entry, cops supposedly seized cocaine, meth, synthetic cannabis, firearms and drug paraphernalia. The accused are aged 19, 20, 21, 24, 31, 33 and 43.

Criminal defense: Three college students charged with drug crimes

Three university students are facing drug charges after a year-long investigation by local police. The three males, two aged 19 and the other aged 20, attend Pennsylvania's East Stroudsburg University and will need a strong criminal defense against drug charges. Local police got wind of two rival groups at the university last year, and some members were allegedly engaged in selling marijuana. Those sales apparently became a competition between members of the two groups.

Recently, Monroe County Drug Task Force members along with Monroe County Office of the District Attorney detectives, Pennsylvania State Police troopers and police officers from Stroud and the university acted on two search warrants on university dorm rooms. The uncovered a number of items allegedly connected to the three accused men. Among those items were two ounces of marijuana, a digital scale, 10 prepackaged bags of cannabis of about two to three ounces each, cell phones, a substance thought to be cocaine and a lock box containing marijuana.

Pennsylvania's drug courts help address the opioid crisis

Many states have been seriously impacted by the opioid crisis. Pennsylvania has not been spared the impact of the use of opioids. In 2016, there were 2,235 people who died from opioid-related overdoses. That equals a rate of 18.5 deaths per 100,000 people. Nationally, the recorded rate is 13.3 deaths per 100,000, showing that the state is struggling particularly hard with this epidemic.

It's not just heroin that leads to overdoses. In fact, while heroin deaths have increased from 131 deaths to 926, it's synthetic opioid overdoses that are even worse. They increased from 98 to 1,309 deaths. Prescription-related opioid deaths rose by almost 50 percent, from 411 to 729.

Criminal defense: Judge reduces ex-cop's murder charge

A white police officer charged with the first-degree murder of a black man has had the charge reduced to third-degree murder. The criminal defense team of the accused Pennsylvania man said the judge made the right decision after reviewing evidence of the 2017 incident that claimed the life of the 30-year-old man. The former Philadelphia officer is accused of shooting the man in the back after a disagreement over a dirt bike and while the man was leaving the scene.

The former police officer's defense team said the accused felt a gun on the deceased during a search. He said the deceased tried to shoot the accused during the scuffle, but the gun jammed. The judge also gave the green light for the case to proceed straight to trial, forgoing a preliminary hearing.

Criminal defense: Pennsylvania man charged with raping 2 children

A 47-year-old man was recently arrested for allegedly raping children. The Pennsylvania resident was taken into custody in Delaware County after an extensive search for him. Police say the accused raped two sisters. He would be wise to enlist the help of a sharp criminal defense team to help him fight the charges. 

The accused claims he is innocent and told reporters he would never have done such a thing. But he says that most people believe those arrested are guilty until they're proved innocent, not the other way around. The assaults supposedly happened five years ago.

Pennsylvania man missing after being charged with 8th DUI

A 48-year-old man is on the lam after being charged an eighth time for drunk driving. The Pennsylvania resident didn't meet with his probation officer at the scheduled time, so police are considering him to be a fugitive. The latest DUI charge came last month after police allegedly spotted the vehicle in which he was driving making an illegal turn.

The cop who stopped the vehicle said there was an indication the driver had been drinking. But the suspect refused to perform a sobriety test at the scene. The officer said he arrested the accused anyway based on his experience, observations and training. 

Pennsylvania man charged with DUI, other offences

A 44-year-old Pennsylvania man could be spending almost a decade in prison after being convicted of charges filed against him last year. The accused, a Venango County resident, was charged with resisting arrest, fleeing police and DUI. He entered guilty pleas in court recently as part of a plea bargain with the district attorney's office.

As part of that agreement, the district attorney won't prosecute the man for other charges brought against him, including aggravated assault, harassment and summary traffic counts. Police were initially called to check on a domestic dispute between the man and his spouse, allegedly taking place in a vehicle. The car left before police arrived, but was spotted by police just outside the city limits. Law enforcement had to use a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) to eventually stop the car.

Custody can be decided by a judge in your case

In a divorce, one of the things that you need to think about is who should have custody of your children and when. If you and your spouse can determine how to set up visitation and custody yourselves, then your attorneys can submit any parenting plan you create to the courts for you. However, if you're unable to agree, you'll need to think about other options.

If you go to court over your custody arrangements, then a judge plays a role in what happens next. The judge considers the best interests of your child overall.

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