State College Pennsylvania Law Category: college student criminal defense

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

How to avoid a Homecoming DUI charge October 04, 2017 | college student criminal defense

It is homecoming season for many Pennsylvania college and university students. With all the excitement is in the air and celebrations going on, some college goers may participate in some unsafe and questionable activities like binge drinking and driving. If you are still in the process of making your homecoming plans, make sure you take the consequences of your actions into consideration. You do not want… READ MORE

Using nonprescribed drugs can have serious consequences July 08, 2017 | college student criminal defense

College is stressful. You are likely juggling multiple classes, papers to write and tests to take. Managing all these responsibilities can be a lot to handle, and many students have found that indulging in prescription-only stimulant medications may help maintain their focus and performance. According to CNN, in fact, the use of so-called “study drugs” is continually on the rise. There are several things students and… READ MORE