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Consent To Search Can Be Revoked

In the Interest of RK, JV 97-2017 (June 8, 2017) an officer responded to the home of the defendant, a juvenile, for a domestic disturbance between the defendant and his mother. The responding officer testified that the dispute was regarding a backpack belonging to the defendant. After asking to search the backpack, the juvenile dumped the bag’s main compartment onto the floor. Thereafter, the officer again asked to search the remaining compartments and, according to his testimony, the juvenile said...

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New DUI Law Allows Some To Keep License

The Pennsylvania Legislature wisely enacted Act 33 of 2016, which will benefit both DUI offenders and the public. This new state law allows first-time DUI offenders with a blood-alcohol content of .10 or above the chance to keep their driving privileges and, therefore, their post-arrest lives intact.  As of August 25, 2017 these offenders may have an ignition interlock system installed in their vehicle for a one year period which will allow them to drive for work and for their...

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Right To Speedy Trial Has Significant Exceptions

In Commonwealth v. Wendel, 2017 Pa.Super 178 (June 7, 2017) a complaint charging the defendant with simple assault was filed on February 5, 2015. Defendant opted to go to trial and jury selection was scheduled over a year later on February 8, 2016. Defendant took no postponements during this time, but his Preliminary Hearing postponed one week because the officer was unavailable due to training. On the day of trial, defendant file a motion to dismiss pursuant to Pa.R.Crim.P. 600...

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Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive (RRRI) Program

The Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive legislation (RRRI), enacted in November 2008, enables certain non-violent criminal offenders who are sentenced to Pennsylvania Department of Corrections facilities to reduce their minimum sentence if they complete recommended programs and serve their state sentence misconduct free. The RRRI programs are designed to reduced recidivism by providing offenders with the tools to become productive members of society. Generally, those who commit violent or more serious crimes are not eligible for RRRI unless the attorney for...

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