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  • Cameras Mounted on Buses May Be New Law Enforcement Weapon in PA

    By Shaffer Engle Law Offices, LLC posted in Traffic Tickets on Monday, October 28, 2013 HB 1580 introduced by PA Legislature would officially sanction the use of cameras mounted on bus swing arms in aid of catching violators. By Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini, Traffic Tick...

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  • Not All Pretextual Stops are Bad in PA

    Not all pretextual searches are bad in PA. Police need an objective basis to stop the vehicle for a motor vehicle code violation. By Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini, Drug Defense Attorney, Harrisburg, PA In, Commonwealth v. Mammana, 2012 Pa. Dist. Cnty. Dec. LEXIS 87 (Pa. Co...

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  • Exception to the Warrant Requirement- Police "Inventory" Searches

    By Shaffer Engle Law Offices, LLC posted in Searches and Seizures on Monday, September 30, 2013 Police inventory search is an exception to the warrant requirement. A "care-taking" administrative function. Not done to uncover criminal activity. In Commonwealth v. Gatlos, 201...

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  • Sex Offender Treatment Disclosures Barred in Later Prosecutions

    By Shaffer Engle Law Offices, LLC posted in Specific Sex Crimes on Thursday, September 19, 2013 The use of the compulsory treatment disclosures at sentencing violates the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. By Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini, Sex Crimes Law...

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  • Confrontation Clause Offended When Chemist Does not Testify

    By Shaffer Engle Law Offices, LLC posted in Evidence on Saturday, September 7, 2013 A lab chemist that tests both a substance to determine if it's a narcotic or one that tests a blood sample for a DUI has to testify at trial. By Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini, Drug/DUI...

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  • Marijuana possession and cultivation- Is There a Conflict Between State and Federal Law

    By Shaffer Engle Law Offices, LLC posted in Drug Crimes on Friday, September 6, 2013 In an recent memo, the U.S. Attorney General addressed concerns about the existence of state laws allowing for marijuana growth and distribution. By Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini, Narcoti...

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  • Absorption of Alcohol into the Blood Stream

    By Shaffer Engle Law Offices, LLC posted in Chemical Testing on Friday, September 6, 2013 The absorption rate of alcohol into the blood stream depends on many factors, those factors may be the difference in a higher or lower blood alcohol content ("BAC") percentage. By Attorney...

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  • U.S. Attorney General Announces Changes in Policy

    By Shaffer Engle Law Offices, LLC posted in Federal Crimes on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 In a memo dated August 12, 2013, the U.S. Attorney General announced a change in department policy on the charging of mandatory minimum sentences and recidivist enhancements in certain ...

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  • PA Supreme Court Clarifies Parole Searches

    By Shaffer Engle Law Offices, LLC posted in Parole Violations on Thursday, July 18, 2013 "Sentencing courts are not empowered to direct that a probation officer may conduct warrantless, suspicionless searches of a probationer as a condition of probation." By Attorney Elisa...

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  • PA Supreme Court Issues Decision on Search Warrants- "Four Corners" Redefined?

    By Shaffer Engle Law Offices, LLC posted in Searches and Seizures on Thursday, July 11, 2013 When a fact in an affidavit is specifically challenged (as opposed to a generic, global challenge to the affidavit's sufficiency) the Commonwealth is permitted to call witnesses to go ...

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