DUI and Firearms. You better not try and buy a firearm after a DUI.

DUI and Firearms.  You better not try and buy a firearm after a DUI.Have a DUI and try to buy a gun in PA? You might get in even more trouble IF YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH FALSIFYING A FEDERAL OR STATE FIREARM APPLICATION AFTER A DUI, PLEASE CONTACT TO DISCUSS YOUR OPTIONS.  You cannot legally possess a firearm in Pennsylvania if... You have been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year You are under indictment for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year You are a fugitive You are an “unlawful user of” or addicted to controlled substance You have been found mentally defective or committed to a mental institution You are an illegal alien or admitted to the U.S. under a non-immigrant status You have been dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces You have renounced your U.S. citizenship You have a court order that restrained you from harassing, stalking or threatening an intimate partner or child of [more]

Ferrante Trial Continues

Ferrante Trial Continues"I'm not so sure that they've proven this case," said attorney Steve Townsend, who is not involved in Ferrante's trial and is providing legal analysis for WTAE. "This is the sort of case where everyone feels like he did it, but can the commonwealth prove it? And do I think they've done enough in this case? That's a tough call. It really is. I think the defense has an uphill battle coming for them next week, but I'm not sure right now that the jury is convinced." Cyanide Poisoning Trial Day 7: Testimony includes husband-wife email, medical analysis Dr. Robert Ferrante charged with homicide, accused of poisoning Dr. Autumn Klein; Follow #FerranteTrial on Twitter for updates PITTSBURGH —A man with whom the prosecution says Dr. Robert Ferrante suspected his wife was cheating on him was called as a witness Friday in the seventh day of Ferrante's homicide trial. Also on Friday, an email was [more]

Local Doctor is Not Guilty - Prescription Drug Conspiracy

Local Doctor is Not Guilty - Prescription Drug ConspiracyDoctor found not guilty of illegally prescribing medication Pittsburgh Post-Gazette   A doctor who was charged with illegally prescribing medication to a staff member out of an East Liberty women's clinic was found not guilty on all counts Wednesday. John P. Barrett, 42, of Mt. Lebanon was charged in March with three counts, including selling a controlled substance, illegally dispensing and illegally administering a controlled substance. According to the criminal complaint, the Allegheny Women's Center, at 121 N. Highland Ave., which has since closed, was receiving large quantities of Diethylpropion, an obesity medication. There were approximately 20,000 pills unaccounted for over a four-year period from the clinic. Investigators said they found the medicine was being used by Mark Wagner, a lab tech, who took it to treat anxiety and depression. But prosecutors said Mr. Wagner was not a patient of Dr. Barrett, the clinic's director, or Dr. Alton Lawson, and that the man's psychiatrist was not [more]

Release of Lease - Are you entitlted to a release?

Release of Lease - Are you entitlted to a release?Obtaining a Release of Lease from the oil and gas industry has been a very tedious process. If you need advice, please give us a call to discuss your particular circumstances.   What happens if you believe that your lease is either expired or terminated.  Whether you believe that no production has occurred, haven't been paid your upfront bonus or delay rentals, or any number of other reasons you can now force the oil and gas company to take action.  The Governor is expected to sign legislation that will assist landowners in obtaining a Release of Lease if the landowner initiates the process. House Bill No. 401 was introduced in January 2013 and has had may opportunities to become law.  The last revisions were made on June 27, 2014 and has been passed by both the House and Senate.  The Bill is in on the Governor's desk for signature.  We will keep you advised [more]

Ineffective Assistance Waivers- No More

Ineffective Assistance Waivers- No MoreNew DOJ policy bans waiver of potential ineffective-assistance claims against defense counsel - No More Ineffective Assistance Waivers. In a new policy announced Tuesday that is effective immediately, the U.S. Department of Justice says an individual who takes a plea cannot waive a potential ineffective assistance claim against his or her legal counsel by doing so. That means federal prosecutors can no longer include such waiver language in plea bargain documents and that waivers in earlier documents that have already been signed should not be enforced, the Washington Post (reg. req.) reports. Before this week, 35 of the Justice Department’s 94 U.S. attorney’s offices still used the waiver, the Post reported. “Everyone in this country who faces criminal legal action deserves the opportunity to make decisions with the assistance of effective legal counsel,” said Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in a DOJ press release. “Under this policy, no defendant will have to [more]

Underage Drinking

Underage DrinkingHow an Underage Drinking charge can affect your record? In Pennsylvania, a charge of Underage Drinking can be located on a public government database.  When a student is charged with Underage Drinking, the citation and hearing is filed and heard before a Magisterial District Court in Pittsburgh.  The particular docket sheet of the case can be found on the database http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets/MDJ.aspx. Many of the background search companies upload the database and either provide the information for free on their site or sell it to subscribers.   Now, many of the Internet background search companies upload the entire database from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), so the company has the records of all persons charged in Pennsylvania before a specific request is made. The minimum penalties for underage drinking are as follows: • A fine of up to $500 plus court costs. • A 90-day suspension for the first offense. • A one (1) year suspension [more]

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