You’ve just purchased a home, and soon after moving in to enjoy your new residence, a defect shows up. For instance, you discover there are rusted pipes or poor sewer lines, maybe a wiring problem. What can you do?
Anyone who’s been involved in the criminal justice system needs to understand how state laws may affect their current and future charges. Specifically, in Pennsylvania, you need to be aware of the Three Strikes Law and what this means for people facing criminal charges, especially if they have prior convictions.
Everyone deserves to have their rights protected, even those who have been accused of crimes. In Pittsburgh, 75% of criminal property offenses come from larceny theft charges, and for violent crimes 61% are assault-related and 32% are for robbery.
According to the statistics from the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, there were 91,934 total criminal arrests in Pennsylvania in 2019. The consequences of a criminal conviction can be devastating and should never be underestimated.
According to an investigation by USA Today, at least 85,000 law enforcement officers throughout the United States have been investigated or disciplined for misconduct over the past decade. Police misconduct often includes excessive use of force, planting evidence, obtaining evidence through unlawful search or seizure, or beating members of the public.
To say that race is a contentious issue in our society is a gross understatement. There are numerous federal and state laws passed with the intent to protect people who find themselves in situations in which race is a relevant but unfair factor. Racial profiling continues to exist despite the protections guaranteed by law.