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Miranda warnings are required by law

When people in Pennsylvania are accused and arrested on criminal charges, police have the obligation to inform them of their constitutional rights against self-incrimination. These Fifth Amendment rights have been distilled into a standard Miranda warning, named after the 1966 Supreme Court case that mandated its usage nationwide. The words are familiar to many, whether through personal experience or through their propagation in television and movie police dramas. Miranda warnings advise people of their right to remain silent, that anything they say can be used against them in court, of their right to an attorney and that one will be appointed for those who cannot afford to pay for an attorney.

Unproven technique used by police to accuse suspects

When people in Pennsylvania are suspected or accused of a crime, innocent people may particularly rush to answer police questions. They may believe that answering openly and honestly will protect them and win their freedom. Unfortunately, however, police and prosecutors are often most interested in securing a conviction, and if they are convinced that a suspect is responsible, they may rely on questionable evidence or psychological pressure techniques in order to coerce a confession or make a case against a suspect. While TV shows often focus on exciting police science, many forensic techniques used by police departments are actually of questionable value.

Can you rebuild your reputation after a criminal conviction?

Once you have been convicted of committing a crime in Pennsylvania, you could be facing consequences that vary in the way they impact your life. Some of the negative effects of having participated in criminal behavior could be legal fees, time spent behind bars and the requirement to complete various community service projects to return to good standing with the law. Your effort to take responsibility for your actions and promptly pay the consequences that have been recommended for you can be instrumental in helping you rebuild your life successfully. 

Possible psychological explanation for hot car deaths

Every year, about three dozen children in the United States, including Pennsylvania, die because their parents left them behind in a hot car. The children in these cases are often less than two years old, too young to understand what is going on or to alert parents to their presence in the vehicle. 

How can I approach job hunting with a criminal record?

If you are like a lot of people in Pennsylvania who have had some type of brush with the law, one of the concerns on your mind is how you can get your life back on a more positive track. Finding a good job is one part of doing this. In today's world, it is very common for companies to run pre-employment background checks on job candidates before they finalize a job offer and hire a person. This means your criminal record is likely to be discovered by a potential employer. However, this does not mean you cannot still get a job.

Is crime scene contamination an issue?

If you find yourself in a situation where you have been accused of a crime, it goes without saying that you hope the crime scene and evidence were properly handled. However, there are times that Pennsylvania crime scene technicians could make mistakes or contamination could occur that might taint evidence. This is something that simply cannot occur. It is a violation and a major issue within the criminal justice system.

What is a defiant trespasser?

If you go into or remain in any Pennsylvania building or occupied structure without permission to do so, you could face trespass charges. You likewise could face such charges if you venture without permission into any part of a building or structure that is secured.

The basics of assault charges

When Pennsylvania residents hear the term "assault," they may picture a physical altercation between people. This is not necessarily the case. Some people may be surprised to learn that the actual definition does not always include physical contact with another person.

“Swatting” crime may be more common than people think

It can be frustrating when someone messes up in an online game and causes the team to lose. The same can be said when people get into an Internet argument or when real-life bullying crosses over onto social media. For whatever reason, the Internet is not always a peaceful place. There are some people in Pennsylvania and elsewhere who might be tempted to take a dispute a step further and play a seemingly harmless prank on someone they do not like.

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