Civil Asset Forfeiture

Civil Asset Forfeiture

Pennsylvania’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Law has been disputed many times in court as a law that gives too much power to the police without giving them the burden of proof. Under PA’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Law, a police officer or government entity is legally allowed to...
Automatic Consent to K-9 Searches

Automatic Consent to K-9 Searches

Randy Valdivia was stopped along Interstate 80 by a Pennsylvania State Trooper, after failing to use his blinker when changing lanes. During the stop, he signed a form consenting to a vehicle search, and a canine sniff of packages in the car revealed that Valdivia...
Strangulation

Strangulation

In October 2016, Governor Tom Wolf passed House Bill 1518, which makes strangulation a criminal offense in the state of Pennsylvania. This was signed into law as a part of Domestic Violence Awareness, and came into effect on January 1, 2017. By signing this bill into...
Veteran’s Court

Veteran’s Court

Pennsylvania is home to nearly one million veterans, one of the largest populations of veterans out of any state, and, because of this, some counties in Pennsylvania have a specific court designed to help veterans when they are faced with criminal charges....
Pennsylvania’s ARD Program

Pennsylvania’s ARD Program

Simply put, the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program is a pre-trial diversion program that allows first time offenders of certain crimes to obtain a “stay” of their case, pending successful completion of a probation period, after which the offender can...