Pennsylvania's version of SORNA is much more strict than the previous version of Megan's Law. This strict law imposes additional registration requirements and harsher penalties for violating any of the registration requirements. Therefore, it is important that those who are require to register are aware of these requirements and restrictions.
Pennsylvania currently has a law known as the "Castle Doctrine." The "Castle Doctrine" is a legal defense for those who have been charged with the various forms of assault and homicide. The "Castle Doctrine" is a type of the"Stand Your Ground" defenses that were made famous in the George Zimmerman trial.
In Pennsylvania, in cases where a person is charged wih a drug offense when a firearm is present, that person can face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years. This specific area of law has changed since a recent United States Supreme Court opinion. In Allenye v. United States, the Court held that the prosecution must prove any fact that carries with it a mandatory minimum sentence beyond a reasonable doubt.
Generally, search warrant issues arise in drug offense crimes. In order for a search warrant to be valid and, thus, the search to also be valid, the police must follow the search warrant rules specified in the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure:
In a recent Pennsylvania Superior Court case, the Court ruled that a person could be convicted of firearms not to be carried without a license 18 Pa.C.S.A. 6106 if that person does not possess a Pennsylvania concealed carry permit. If a person is found guilty of 18 Pa.C.S.A. 6106, he commits a felony of the third degree and can face imprisonment up to 7 years.
Immigration consequences and the effects of a conviction are some of the most important aspects of criminal cases. In the immigration setting, any alien who is charged with the commission of a crime risks negative impact on his immigration status. It is important to contact an attorney who cannot only help you navigate the criminal charges, but also help you or your loved one understand any immigration consequences for the criminal charges.
Pennsylvania's version of SORNA has revamped and increased the requirements of registrants. In addition to increasing the offenses which require registration, SORNA also increased the time for which a person must register and how often he must appear, in person, to verify his information. This entry will discuss the verification for each category of individuals who must register.
SORNA greatly increased the registration time and requirements from the previous requirements in Megan's Law. Similarly, under SORNA in Pennsylvania, the requirements for when a juvenile must register also increased.
IPP is available for DUI or Driving Under Suspension (DUI-related) offenses in Chester County, Pennsylvania. To see the IPP sentencing guidelines for those convicted of a DUI, click here. If you have been charged with Driving Under Suspension DUI-related, there are several key elements the district attorney must prove: the accused had a DUI conviction; the accused's license was suspended as a result of that DUI conviction; the accused was operating a vehicle during the time his license was suspended for the DUI conviction, and the accused had actual notice that his license was suspended as a result of the DUI conviction.