Felony Strangulation And Simple Assault Charges Dropped

October 19, 2017By Brian Manchester

The felony charges against 47-year-old Steven M. Willits of Bellefonte were dropped after he entered a guilty plea to harassment. Willits was facing felony and misdemeanor charges from December 2016, after an alleged altercation. However, the judge now ordered him to pay a fine along with court costs. On September 18, Willits pleaded guilty to one summary count of harassment and was ordered to pay a fine of $50, along with $1,004 as restitution and other court costs. Earlier in January this year, Willits was charged with felony strangulation after reports of an altercation. The criminal complaint filed by state police at Rockview stated that a trooper was dispatched to the 500 block of Valley View Road in Benner Township at about 4 p.m. The female resident at the scene repor...

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Possession Of Heroin In Pennsylvania

October 16, 2017By Brian Manchester

Have you or someone you know been charged with Possession of Heroin in Pennsylvania? The charge of Possession of Heroin in Pennsylvania can have very serious consequences that can include up to three years in prison and thousands in fines. At minimum you face up to one year in jail. In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to knowingly or intentionally possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance by a person not registered under the Drug act, or a practitioner not registered or licensed by the appropriate State board, unless the substance was obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription order or order of a practitioner, or except as otherwise authorized by this act. Any person who violates any of this statute for the first time shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. On convictio...

Posted in: Criminal Defense Blog Drugs

Acquiring A Controlled Substance By Fraud In Pennsylvania

October 16, 2017By Brian Manchester

Have you or someone you know been charged with Acquiring a Controlled Substance by Fraud in Pennsylvania? The charge of Acquiring a Controlled Substance by Fraud in Pennsylvania can have very serious consequences that can include up to fifteen years in prison and thousands in fines. At minimum you face up to one year in jail. In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to use a fake or forged prescription to obtain, or try to obtain prescriptions from a pharmacy. The acquisition or obtaining of possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge is the crime under the drug statutes. The severity of the offense is determined by the prescription drug that was obtained depending on the drugs schedule level determined by the Department of Health. Schedul...

Posted in: Crimes Criminal Defense Blog

Criminal Use Of Communication Facility In Pennsylvania

September 25, 2017By Brian Manchester

Have you or someone you know been charged with having a Criminal use of Communication Facility in Pennsylvania? The charge of Criminal use of Communication Facility in Pennsylvania can have very serious consequences that can include up to seven years in prison and thousands in fines just for a single charge. This offense is related to any felony connected to drug activity. It is not illegal to use a Communication Facility which is any private or public instrument for the transmission of writing, signals, sounds, data, or the like, of any nature. Basically, any device used to communicate in any form to another person. What is illegal is using these devices to further any type of drug activity. This offense can also be charged multiple times. The statute allows for the police and Distr...

Posted in: Crimes Criminal Defense Blog

Criminal Conspiracy In Pennsylvania

September 25, 2017By Brian Manchester

Have you or someone you know been charged with Criminal Conspiracy in Pennsylvania? The charge of Criminal Conspiracy in Pennsylvania can have very serious consequences that can include many years in prison and thousands in fines just for a single charge. This is a crime that must involve at least two people. It is an agreement to conspire together to commit a crime with the intent of facilitating the commission of the crime by attempting, solicitation to commit the crime or actually committing the crime, or agreeing to aid in the planning of the attempt, solicitation, or the act of the crime. There can only be one conspiracy charge per person for the entire group. You should not be charged with multiple conspiracy charges for the same underlying criminal charge. In other words, it d...

Posted in: Crimes Criminal Defense Blog

Possession Of Red Phosphorous Or Causing Or Risking A Catastrophe In Pennsylvania

September 25, 2017By Brian Manchester

Have you or someone you know been charged with having a Possession of Red Phosphorous or Causing or Risking a Catastrophe in Pennsylvania? The charges associated with Possession of Red Phosphorous or Causing or Risking a Catastrophe in Pennsylvania can have very serious consequences that can include up to twenty years in prison and thousands in fines just for a single charge. There are different offenses in Pennsylvania under the same statute; all of which are Felonies for Causing or Risking a Catastrophe that can result in, a maximum of 20 years in prison, and thousands of dollars in fines. Possession of Red Phosphorous is a felony punishable up to seven years and a fine of $15,000. The multiple different subsections for the charge of Causing or Risking a Catastrophe and Possession of ...

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Operating A Meth Lab/Dumping Methamphetamine Waste In Pennsylvania

September 25, 2017By Brian Manchester

Have you or someone you know been charged with having a Methamphetamine lab also known as a Meth lab in Pennsylvania? The charges associated with the production and distribution of Methamphetamine in Pennsylvania can have very serious consequences that can include up to ten years in prison and thousands in fines just for a single charge. There are different offenses in Pennsylvania under the same statute; all of which are Felonies that can result in, a maximum of 20 years in prison, and thousands of dollars in fines. The multiple different subsections for the charge of Operating a Meth lab/Dumping Methamphetamine waste in Pennsylvania they are as follows; (a.1) Operating A Methamphetamine Lab: Is a felony 2 with a max punishment of 10 years of incarceration and a $25,000 fine. ...

Posted in: Crimes Criminal Defense Blog

What Should I Do At A Traffic Stop In Pennsylvania?

September 11, 2017By Brian Manchester

If you are driving in Pennsylvania at some point you will be pulled over by the police for any number of possible traffic violations, or randomly through a DUI checkpoint. If you are stopped by the police the first thing to do is pull over at the first opportunity you can at a place where it is safe to stop for you and the officer. If you are on a road where pulling over would be dangerous for yourself or the officer when they are standing on the side of the road. Indicate to the officer that you acknowledge that they want you to stop by using your four way flashers and then when it is safe to turn off your four ways and use your signal to pull over. Once stopped leave your seat belt on. Keep this on until the officer comes to your window. Taking it off early even if you are already sto...

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Arson In Pennsylvania

September 11, 2017By Brian Manchester

Have you or someone you know been charged with Arson in Pennsylvania? The charge of Arson in Pennsylvania can have very serious consequences that can include up to five years in prison and thousands in fines. There are varying degrees of Arson in Pennsylvania; including Felonies that can result in the death penalty, life in prison, a maximum of 40 years in prison, Felony charges, Misdemeanor charges, and even a summary offense. The multiple different subsections for the charge of Arson in Pennsylvania they are as follows; (a) Arson Endangering Persons. (1) A person commits a felony of the first degree if you start a fire or causes an explosion, that recklessly places another person in danger of death or bodily injury, or purposefully destroy; or damage an inhabited building or occ...

Posted in: Crimes

Access Device Fraud In Pennsylvania

September 7, 2017By Brian Manchester

Have you or someone you know been charged with Access Device Fraud in Pennsylvania? The charge of Access Device Fraud in Pennsylvania can have very serious consequences that can include up to seven years in prison and thousands in fines. At the minimum, you face up to two years in jail. In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to use an access device to obtain, or try to obtain, another person’s money, property or services without their permission. Access devices include: Credit cards; Debit cards; any card with an account number printed on it. Then attempting or using the access device if it is issued to another person, counterfeit, canceled, revoked, altered, or incomplete. Access Device Fraud includes publishing, making, selling, giving, or advertising an access device while knowing it is...

Posted in: Crimes

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