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Traffic violation leads to drug charges

Federal and state drug charges in Pennsylvania carry potentially stiff penalties, often including prison time. The severity of the penalty is dependent on the type and amount of drug involved. A conviction for selling or distributing the drugs will also result in more severe penalties. One man is now facing multiple drug charges after a traffic stop in Mt. Pleasant.

According to police reports, a man was stopped by police and given a warning for a minor traffic violation after crossing the right white line on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. After receiving the warning, the driver apparently refused to allow officers to search the vehicle. Police claim they observed numerous unspecified criminal indicators.

School superintendent charged with drunk driving

Driving under the influence can have serious repercussions, especially if one is found guilty. Individuals who have been accused of drunk driving not only pay hefty fines, but they may also face social embarrassment or job-related problems. After a recent traffic stop, a western Pennsylvania school superintendent's job is in jeopardy after he was charged with driving under the influence.

For unknown reasons, the superintendent was stopped by police for allegedly driving under the influence and was put on paid leave until his arraignment. In cases similar to this, there many factors to consider while waiting for an upcoming trial. Was the vehicle stopped for any legal reason? Was the stop performed under the accordance of the law? Was a field sobriety test given?

Man with domestic relations warrant faces drug charges

A man in Pennsylvania was recently taken into custody for drug-related offenses. However, the police search that led to his drug charges initially had nothing to do with drugs. Instead, the man had an active domestic relations warrant for not making child support payments.

According to police, when they were searching for the 52-year-old man due to his warrant, they received a tip that he was involved in selling large amounts of cocaine. They were also told that he was staying in an inn at the time. When police arrived at the inn, they were able to go into his room, where they allegedly found a handgun along with marijuana and cocaine.

When Custody Modifications Are A Good Idea

A period of time after the initial divorce settlement, it’s a good idea to revisit the custody agreement to see if there’s a need for modifications to the plan. In Pennsylvania law, there are 16 best interest factors that act as a guideline for acceptable initial custody agreements as well as modifications. The factors break down into a few categories. Successful modifications keep these deliberation factors in mind:

Parental Caregiver Availability

Alleged drunk driving and alcohol test refusal lead to new fee

For those who are stopped and suspected of driving while intoxicated in Pennsylvania, a major question is whether they should take a blood or breath test. A new state law regarding drunk driving may change how individuals in these situations respond to breath or blood test results. According to the state law, which will go into effect on Jan. 11, there is a brand-new fee for those who refuse to submit to blood alcohol testing.

This new fee comes on the heels of a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that police are not allowed to secure blood samples if they do not have consent or warrants. With the new law, police can simply use the threat of a fee to motivate people to undergo testing, without necessarily having to worry about obtaining consent or warrants first. The new fee is for restoring a driver's license and may run as high as $2,000.

3 men face drug charges in Pennsylvania

Three men have been arrested for committing drug crimes in Pennsylvania. Their arrests on drug charges took place on a recent Tuesday. Police said they seized five pounds of what they suspected was methamphetamine in connection with the arrests.

Local, federal and county investigators all played a role in seizing the suspected methamphetamine. This drug's street value was over $225,000. In addition, the quantity of the drug was enough for a whopping 10,000 doses for individuals.

Police chief faces drunk driving charge

A police chief in Pennsylvania was recently accused of causing a DUI collision on Nov. 5. The Sunday night accident occurred at about 10 p.m. The man facing a drunk driving charge is 46 years old.

Police said they responded to a single-car crash, and when they arrived at the scene, they saw the police chief standing beside a pickup truck. The truck's front end had been damaged. In addition, a tree was lying in the road.

Police officer faces drug charges after alleged conspiracy

A policeman in Pennsylvania was recently taken into custody for selling drugs. According to police, the man facing drug charges sold both heroin and cocaine. In addition, he reportedly conspired with authorities in another state to sell drugs.

The 33-year-old man was arrested on a Tuesday at his home. According to authorities, the police with whom he conspired in another state belonged to the department for which he formerly worked. With his charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine and heroin as well as possessing these drugs and intending to distribute them, the man faces up to 20 years behind bars.

Man faces drug charges; accused of fleeing from police

Police reported that a man in Pennsylvania delivered cocaine and heroin to undercover drug agents in 2016 and recently tried to flee from agents in the process of arresting him. The man also reportedly attempted to dispose of a large amount of cocaine during his recent encounter with police. He now faces drug charges and is detained on bonds totaling $300,000.

According to authorities, the 35-year-old man sold drugs to investigators back in July and Aug. 2016. Then, when authorities encountered him at around 10:15 a.m. on a recent Wednesday, they told him that he was under arrest. However, the man allegedly ran off while police were trying to cuff him.

Judge accused of drunk driving, faces several charges

A judge in Pennsylvania was recently accused of drinking and driving. He now faces drunk driving charges. The incident leading to his arrest took place in late September.

According to authorities, the man struck an individual who was directing traffic at a sports game. The traffic police officer reported that he had stopped the judge's car to let other cars go through. However, when the traffic officer was not looking at the man, the judge stepped on the gas, and the car struck the officer's leg and ankle.

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