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Drug Crimes and Fourth Amendment Violations February 19, 2024 | drug offenses

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides a critical check on law enforcement powers, stating that citizens have the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. This protection is especially pertinent in drug crime investigations. Any evidence police gather in violation of the Fourth Amendment can be deemed inadmissible in court. For example, if law enforcement conducts a search without a warrant or… READ MORE

Drug Possession vs. Intent to Distribute: Differentiating Charges in Pennsylvania February 05, 2024 | drug offenses

When it comes to drug-related offenses, the distinction between ‘drug possession’ and ‘intent to distribute’ is not just a matter of semantics but can significantly impact the course and consequence of a legal case. Drug Possession in Pennsylvania Drug possession in Pennsylvania’s legal framework refers to the act of having control over illegal drugs. This charge can vary in severity, but it is distinct from the… READ MORE

Search and Seizure Laws in Pennsylvania Drug Cases: Protecting Your Rights January 22, 2024 | Uncategorized

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is the cornerstone of search and seizure laws, providing crucial protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. In Pennsylvania, these laws are rigorously enforced, particularly in the context of drug-related offenses. However, understanding the practical application of these laws requires delving into the specifics of legal precedents and state-specific statutes. When Is a Search Legal? In Pennsylvania, the legitimacy of… READ MORE

Defending Against Unlawful Police Stops in Pennsylvania Drug Cases January 05, 2024 | Uncategorized

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution serves as a fundamental safeguard against unlawful police conduct. This amendment stipulates that “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched,… READ MORE

What To Know About Parallel Parenting After Divorce December 18, 2023 | Uncategorized

Divorce can be a difficult and emotional experience for everyone involved, especially children. If you have children and are going through a divorce, it is important to develop a co-parenting plan that will work for your family. The concept of parallel parenting, though lesser-known, has emerged as a valuable solution for those seeking a way to minimize conflict and provide stability for their children during and… READ MORE

How to Modify a Child Custody or Support Order December 04, 2023 | Uncategorized

The complex legal landscape surrounding child custody or a support order can be an emotionally challenging experience. Life is unpredictable, and situations change. Whether you’re a parent seeking to adjust a child custody arrangement or modify child support payments, it’s essential to understand the process and the legal options available to you. Understanding the Basics of Child Custody Modification A child custody modification is a change… READ MORE

Everything You Need to Know About Divorce and Bankruptcy in PA November 20, 2023 | Uncategorized

Divorce and bankruptcy are two of the most stressful life events that a person can go through. They can be both emotionally and financially devastating. If you are facing both divorce and bankruptcy in PA, it is important to understand how the two interact and how to protect your rights. If you have any questions about divorce and bankruptcy in PA, please contact Engle Kauffman and… READ MORE

7 Common Financial Mistakes to Avoid in Pennsylvania Divorce November 06, 2023 | Uncategorized

Going through a divorce can be one of the most challenging experiences of one’s life. Between the emotional turbulence and the complexities of PA divorce law, many find themselves making avoidable financial blunders. Whether you’re considering filing or already in the midst of the process, understanding these pitfalls is essential. Engle Kauffman and VanHorn, your trusted Pennsylvania divorce attorneys, are here to guide you through this… READ MORE