The Pennsylvania legislature is currently considering a bill that would offer immunity to people who report drug overdoses. This "Good Samaritan" bill is seen by many as a critical step in saving the life of a drug overdose victim. The bill is a bipartisan effort to save more lives across the Commonwealth.
As always, the Fourth of July is a great holiday for fireworks, cookouts, and family time. Unfortunately, it is also one of the days when the most DUI arrests are made. In Allegheny County, police are already making plans for stricter DUI enforcement. Allegheny county drivers can expect to see many DUI checkpoints on the road this weekend.
The Supreme Court announced today that police officers will now need warrants to search through a person's cell phone. The vote was unanimous. The Court made it very clear that digital privacy in today's technological world is extremely important, and that American's have a constitutional right to digital privacy.
All Citizens of Pennsylvania are guarenteed a right to a speedy trial. By now, most people have probably heard about the judge in Florida who threatened to, and allegedly assault an attorney who refused to waive his client's right to a speedy trial. The two men exchanged heated words in the courtroom, and apparently had an altercation off camera. In any event, the right to a speedy trial is an important right granted to defendants in criminal cases. This right ensures that the judicial process is swift and effective. The right to speedy trial can be found in both the United States Constitution, and in the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure.
ARD, or Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, is a Pennsylvania program that is usually available to first time DUI offenders in Allegheny County. In some limited circumstances, an individual charged with a different minor crime may be eligible for the program. ARD is primarily a rehabilitative program, which allows for expedited court proceedings. However, there may also be certain suspensions or costs associated with ARD. This program is not meant to replace convictions completely, but it may be the right option for a first-time DUI offender.