State College Pennsylvania Law Category: college student criminal defense

Sexual assault and misconduct on campus February 13, 2020 | college student criminal defense

Young adults attend college with the hope of creating a better future for themselves and for their families. It is a time of opportunity, but it is also a time of significant risk. Namely, it is the first time that many students experience such a high degree of personal freedom.  Sometimes, young people do not have the discretion necessary to avoid situations that could end up… READ MORE

A DUI may violate Penn State’s code of conduct November 12, 2019 | college student criminal defense

Like most of your classmates, you probably looked forward to attending Pennsylvania State University for years. Now that you are a full-time student on campus, you likely want to participate in social activities. Many of these activities, though, may expose you to alcohol. If you drive with a blood alcohol concentration above Pennsylvania’s legal limit, you face a DUI arrest.  Penn State officials openly concede that alcohol-related misconduct… READ MORE

Understanding how a grand jury works July 11, 2019 | college student criminal defense

At Engle, Kauffman & VanHorn, P.C., in Pennsylvania, one of the things we do every day is to aggressively defend the rights of people charged with a crime after a grand jury has made its recommendation to prosecute. FindLaw explains that unlike your ultimate jury trial where a 12-member jury must find you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict you, a grand jury meets while… READ MORE

Is a summary offense charge anything to worry about? January 29, 2019 | college student criminal defense, firm news

In the overall scheme of things, summary offenses in Pennsylvania might be easy to view as so much water off a duck’s back. By description, they are lesser offenses than misdemeanors. And yet, a summary offense can result in serious consequences including terms of up to 90 days in jail and fines up to $1,500. Perhaps more important, especially for young college students, is that while a summary… READ MORE

Key facts regarding preliminary hearings April 04, 2018 | college student criminal defense

Sometimes people make mistakes or face accusations of actions that could possibly harm others. In some instances, this may lead to those people fighting criminal charges. It is important to understand the different aspects of the court process when determining a course of action. In particular, for the preliminary hearing, there are a few key facts to understand. The hearing establishes the case According to the Pennsylvania code… READ MORE