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Why minors need attorney representation in court

Crimes committed by a minor can have a lasting impact. While there are differences between juvenile and adult crimes, it's important to understand the consequences.

Even minors can end up in prison, which no parent wants to see. Although a conviction may be a kind of lesson for your child, what they learn is rarely worth the trouble. The better option is to work with your attorney and help your child get the help they need to get back on track.

Police raid culminates in drug charges against Pennsylvania man

Battling a drug charge can be very stressful and is often confusing. An experienced legal team can help to enlighten Pennsylvania residents facing drug charges as to what their rights are. A 25-year-old man is this situation at the moment after having been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, among other charges in connection with a recent apartment raid by police.

Narcotics officers say they seized drugs and thousands of dollars in cash in a Wilkes-Barre residence recently. Reportedly, among the drugs were more than 12,000 doses of fentanyl. When police arrested the accused after pulling over his vehicle, he allegedly had more than 320 bags of fentanyl and $1,750 in cash on him. When they searched his apartment, cops allege they found the fentanyl ,which would have been equivalent to 12,000 doses worth about $42,000.

Criminal defense: Pennsylvania man charged with stabbing murder

A murder charge can bring with it many negative ramifications. A murder conviction is life-changing. To fight this serious felony charge in Pennsylvania, enlisting the help of an experienced criminal defense team is crucial. A 24-year-old man from Pottstown is facing such a charge after police allege that he stabbed his former girlfriend's current boyfriend. The victim died in hospital from his wounds.

The incident is said to have occurred in early January just before midnight. It was listed as the first homicide in 2019 in Montgomery County. Police say the accused was picked up by his former girlfriend where they headed to a middle school parking lot to talk. The woman said she had asked the victim -- her boyfriend -- to be in the area to keep an eye out for her.  

Criminal defense: Man accused of years' old sexual assault

Facing an accusation of sexual assault can be both disturbing and potentially life-changing. Being accused of sexually assaulting a child, as in the case of a 42-year-old Pennsylvania man, can have particularly devastating consequences. The Harrisburg resident has been accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl and will need to fight those charges with an experienced criminal defense team leading the way.

The alleged incident happened 15 years ago so the girl is now 19. Authorities were called by the young woman's grandfather in August of last year. He told police his granddaughter wanted to report the alleged 2003 assault. She told police the suspect alleged forced her to touch him inappropriately and that he did the same to her.

Drug charges laid in alleged $8 million a week packing operation

An alleged $8 million-a-week drug-packaging operation has been halted by authorities. Pennsylvania police seized what they claim are large quantities of heroin and fentanyl from a Bucks County home and have arrested 11 individuals who are now facing various drug charges. These individuals will have to fight these charges aggressively with the help of experienced legal teams. Drug charge convictions carry with them potential life-changing punishments such as incarceration and hefty fines.

Inside the home that authorities allege was used for the packaging operation, police say they found thousands of baggies containing the same substance, only in small amounts. They also say they found drug paraphernalia and packaging equipment. In going through the residence, authorities say they found a gun and an undisclosed quantity of cash. 

No time is a good time to steal decorations

With any holiday, people often put out decorations and ornaments in their yards. At Halloween, it might be spiders and webbing. At Christmas, it's lights and baubles. For St. Patrick's Day, it might be clovers.

One of the risks of putting decorations out is that someone could steal them. Of course, it is not acceptable to steal someone's decorations, but it does happen. For people who catch the person taking the decorations, calling the police may be the first thing they do.

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.

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