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  • Pennsylvania Sets to Close Megan's Law Loopholes to comply with Adam Walsh Act

    New reporting requirements and stricter penalties enhance Megan's Law to comply with Federal Adam Walsh Act Senate Bill 1183 is awaiting the governor's signature and will bring Pennsylvania into compliance with the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 and close the...

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  • Can I be Cited for Not Speaking Sufficient English as a Truckdriver in PA?

    Most states provide driver's license testing in other languages, such as FL. Under 49 CFR 391.11(b)(2), General qualifications of drivers, there is a prohibition that a person shall not drive a CMV unless he/she:"Can read and speak the English language sufficiently to converse w...

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  • Rape Shield Law in PA- There Are Limits

    The Rape Shield Law protects a victim from being cross-examined regarding prior sexual exploits, but there are limits to this rule. Generally, the victim or accuser may not be questioned regarding prior sexual allegations. They may, however, be questioned regarding prior consensu...

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  • The Truth About Horizontal Gaze and Nystagmus ('HGN') Testing and DUI's

    While not admissible in Court in PA to prove the level of intoxication, they are used frequently by p0lice to establish roadside probable cause The horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) test has been in use for 30 years, but it has not been widely applied in the United States until rec...

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  • Expansion of Grandparents' Rights to Custody?

    Senator and seniors seeking expansion of grandparent rights By Dion Lefler TOPEKA - A Wichita state senator and family members of abused and displaced children went before the Senate Judiciary Committee today to try to enhance the status of grandparents in child-custody courts...

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  • Step-Parents and Adoption in PA

    Is it Possible for Children to be adopted by the Spouse of One Birth Parent? In the 1990s, there are approximately 120,000 adoptions of children each year. This number has remained fairly constant in the 1990s, and is still relatively proportionate to population size in the U.S....

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  • Solving Out-Of-State Driver's Licensing Problems

    Before pleading guilty to a traffic citation, it is important to check your home state's point and suspension schedules I usually hear from an out-of-state driver after they have been convicted in PA of a "points violation" and want to appeal it because they have learned about th...

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  • 'Road Rage'- Aggravated Assault by Motor Vehicle and Homicide

    Every time you pick up a paper or watch the news, there seems to be yet another story of criminal acts inflicted by one driver on another. So many have occurred that there are websites dedicated to just sharing the stories. Here are but two of the headlines I found: Auburn man sh...

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  • PA Bans Synthetic Drugs- Compounds Contained in such Substances

    The passage of SB 1006 into law means that the chemicals found in the synthetic drug, such as "bath salts" are banned, not the synthetic I was recently asked by an individual that posted a response to our blogsite: "Does this mean that synthetics are banned across the board, or ...

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  • Local Ordinances for Sex Offenders Struck Down by PA Supreme Court

    Lemoyne Borough to repeal its sex offender law in wake of state Supreme Court ruling Published: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 4:11 PM Updated: Friday, July 01, 2011, 8:58 AM By MONICA VON DOBENECK, The Patriot-News Lemoyne Borough Council plans to repeal its law restricting where sex...

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