Adderall Drug Charges

October 30, 2018By Brian Manchester

Adderall is a drug routinely prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Due to the fact that it is fairly inexpensive and easy to obtain, many individuals use the drug recreationally or outside of its intended medical purpose, which is especially common in colleges and universities, where students use the medication to study because it can improve stamina, increase concentration, and stave off fatigue. The consequences of using unprescribed Adderall are severe, which comes to the surprise to many people. Since Adderall has addictive qualities and carries a potential for abuse, the medication is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance, meaning that a person found in possession of Adderall without a valid prescription may face prosecution. In some...

Posted in: Criminal Defense Blog Drug Charges Drugs

Tags: Adderall,

Drug Crimes In Pennsylvania and How We Know Defend Them the Right Way

October 18, 2018By Brian Manchester

Types of Drug Cases We Defend For 18 years I have been representing people accused of various drug crimes in Pennsylvania to include the following: Drug Possession/Possession of Controlled Substances (Actual Possession, Constructive Possession) Drug Production Drug Trafficking/Operating as a Drug Trafficker Marijuana Cultivation/Growing Marijuana Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Bongs, Pipes, Drug Equipment) Possession with Intent to Distribute/Deliver (PWID) Prescription Fraud Selling Drugs to Minors Synthetic Opioids (Alph-PVP, Bath salts, cathinones) Synthetic Marijuana (K2, Spice) Methamphetamine Manufacturing My firm has experience investigating alleged crimes involving many types of narcotics and controlled substances, ranging from commonly cha...

Posted in: Criminal Defense Blog Drugs Scientific Defenses

Tags: drug, drug attorney, Drug Charges, drug lawyer, Drugs, schedule controlled substances,

How Criminal Convictions Affect Social Security Benefits

October 3, 2018By Brian Manchester

Can Felons Receive Social Security? Yes, But With Exceptions The general rule is that a person who is convicted of a felony can still receive Social Security benefits once they are released. However, like every rule, there are exceptions. A felony conviction will deem you ineligible to receive Social Security Disability Benefits if: Your disability was caused by your felonious act Your disability was made worse by your felonious act Your disability arose while you were imprisoned for committing a felony You were convicted of treason, sabotage, or a similar crime You Can't Receive Survivors' Benefits by Killing a Spouse or Parent In addition, if you became a widow or orphan by killing your spouse or parent, you are ineligible to receive Social Security survivors’ benefi...

Posted in: Criminal Defense Blog Felony or Misdemeanor Charges

Tags: felon, Felony, Felony Charges, social security,

Pennsylvania is Fighting to Change Statute of Limitations Laws

October 2, 2018By Brian Manchester

Sex Crimes Statue of Limitations - You Only Have So Much Time To Report It The purpose of a statute of limitations is to ensure claims are brought within a certain time period. It does not matter how legitimate the charge is, or how clear the evidence is…if the statute of limitations has expired, the claim cannot be brought.  For example, Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations for trespass is 2 years. If you filmed your neighbor trespassing on your property, made a DVD of the video, but waited 2 years and 1 day to bring the claim, the claim will be barred by the statute of limitations even though you have caught your neighbor red-handed. The current issue in Pennsylvania right now pertains to sex crimes. Right now, the statute of limitations in Pennsylvania permits victims of ch...

Posted in: Criminal Defense Blog Sex Crimes

Tags: Catholic Church, Child Sex Abuse, Priest Sex Abuse, Priests, Scandal, Statue of Limitations,

What do I do if I was charged with DUI?

September 11, 2018By Brian Manchester

What You Should Do After Being Charged with DUI After you have been pulled over and charged with DUI, it is more than likely that several questions and concerns are going through your head. At Manchester & Associates, we commonly get the following questions: Am I going to lose my license? What do I do now? Do I tell my insurance company? Am I going to jail? Thus, we thought it would be helpful to post this list outlining the first things you should do after being accused of DUI. First - Lock Down Social Media First, make sure that all of your social media profiles (such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) are set to Private mode. Once on Private mode, do not accept any friend or follow requests from people you do not know. One of the most common ways for law enforc...

Posted in: DUI General Information

Tags: DUI, DUI attorney, DUI Defense, DUI lawyer, underage dui,

Loss of Child Custody

August 20, 2018By Brian Manchester

A Criminal Conviction Can Cause Loss Of Child Custody Unfortunately, it is true. A criminal conviction can be used against you in a custody dispute. There is even a statute that covers this. Below is that statute. 5329.  Consideration of criminal conviction. (a)  Offenses.--Where a party seeks any form of custody, the court shall consider whether that party or member of that party's household has been convicted of or has pleaded guilty or no contest to any of the offenses in this section or an offense in another jurisdiction substantially equivalent to any of the offenses in this section. The court shall consider such conduct and determine that the party does not pose a threat of harm to the child before making any order of custody to that party when considering the following o...

Posted in: Criminal Defense Blog

Tags: Child Custody, Criminal Conviction, custody,

Juvenile Justice System – Part 2: Child Delinquent Acts

August 16, 2018By Brian Manchester

This week we will discuss what to expect if your child is alleged to have committed a delinquent act. The first issue you may encounter is if your child is detained.  A child may be placed in detention, prior to a formal adjudication of delinquency, where the detention is required “to protect the person or property of others or of the child or because the child may abscond or be removed from the jurisdiction of the court or because he has no parent, guardian or custodian or other person able to provide supervision and care for him and return him to the court when required or an order for his detention…. has been made by the court…”[1] In essence a child may be detained prior to a finding of delinquency when the child is a danger to himself or others, where the child may run ...

Posted in: Criminal Defense Juvenile

Tags: Child Delinquent, Dispositional Hearing, Juvenile Justice System,

Marijuana DUI: The Modified Romberg Balance Test

August 15, 2018By Brian Manchester

If you asked Dr. Moritz Heinrich Romberg him what his legacy would be while he was on his death bed in 1873, we doubt he would say field sobriety testing for drug and marijuana DUIs. Nevertheless, (former) neurologist Dr. Romberg is now the namesake standardized field sobriety test used to detect the presence of drugs: the “Modified Romberg Balance Test.” You're Nervous and Sober? To the Police, You're High on Drugs The Modified Romberg Balance Test begins with the officer instructing the subject to tilt his or her head back slightly, close his or her eyes, and estimate 30 seconds. When he or she believes 30 seconds has gone by, the subject is supposed to tilt his or her head forward, open his or her eyes, and say “stop.” The goal of the Modified Romberg Balance Test is to che...

Posted in: Drug DUI Defenses DUI Marijuana

Tags: DUI, DUI attorney, DUI Defense, DUI lawyer, Marijuana DUI:, Modified Romberg Balance Test, underage dui,

The Juvenile Justice System – Part 1

August 9, 2018By Brian Manchester

Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Concept & Terms The juvenile justice system in Pennsylvania is focused more on the rehabilitative needs of the juvenile than on punishment for the offense.  Because of this difference from “adult” court, the words used in the juvenile system may not be familiar to those who watch Law and Order and see trials with defendants.  This week I will be explaining the different terms that are used in the juvenile justice system.  In the following weeks I will be explaining the different processes that are used in the juvenile justice system and the possible outcomes in the system. The first thing to know are the terms that are used in the system and what they mean: a “juvenile” is a person who is between 10 and 21 years old.[1] A “delinque...

Posted in: Criminal Defense Juvenile

Tags: Criminal Defense, Juvenile, Juvenile Justice System,

Homicide By Vehicle While DUI of Prescription Drugs

July 19, 2018By Brian Manchester

Americans More Likely To Be Charged With Homicide By Vehicle While DUI of Prescription Drugs Have you or someone you know been charged with Homicide by Vehicle While Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs? This charge is also well-known as "Vehicular Homicide While DUI" or "Vehicular Manslaughter While DUI," and has serious consequences of up to ten years in prison and a $25,000 fine for each death caused. Recent surveys show Americans are taking more and more prescription drugs, and as such, police in Pennsylvania are stepping up their enforcement of prescription drug DUIs. Common prescription drugs that can lead to Vehicular Homicide while Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs are: Xanax Ambien Methadone Prozac Oxycodone Valium Klonopin ...

Posted in: Vehicular Homicide While DUI

Tags: Drugs, DUI, Prescription Drugs, Vehicular Homicide While DUI,


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