State College Pennsylvania Law Category: drug offenses

How drug convictions endanger financial aid eligibility December 31, 2019 | drug offenses

Higher education is unquestionably expensive, and many college students and families across Pennsylvania rely on federal financial aid to help them pay for a college education. At Engle, Kauffman & VanHorn, P.C., we recognize that drug convictions have the potential to make financial aid recipients ineligible to receive federal assistance any longer. We have helped many college students facing drug charges defend themselves and fight to maintain… READ MORE

Bills to decrease minor drug offense penalties in PA advance October 18, 2018 | drug offenses, firm news

Drug offenses are some of the most aggressively prosecuted crimes. People can wind up spending years in prison for even a single or minor offense. And because many of the people who face these penalties are young people, they often suffer severe consequences like loss of academic and professional opportunities as well as a lifetime of being held back by a criminal record. However, state legislators… READ MORE

Are drug-sniffing dogs reliable? September 06, 2018 | drug offenses, firm news

Dogs are incredible animals. They can be excellent protectors and loving companions. However, they are not perfect, especially when it comes to drug-sniffing dogs. Drug-sniffing dogs are often used by police during traffic stops and other situations where police have reason to suspect there are drugs on a person or in a certain location. But just because police frequently utilize drug-sniffing dogs does not mean they… READ MORE

Challenging field drug test results July 12, 2018 | drug offenses, firm news

Imagine you are driving when you suddenly spot the red and blue flashing lights of a police car behind you. You pull over, the officer approaches you, and after a brief exchange, you wind up in the back of a police car, arrested for a drug-related offense. Unfortunately, this is not an imaginary scenario for many people across Pennsylvania. It is a real situation with real… READ MORE

What are possible defenses to a drug possession allegation? May 16, 2018 | drug offenses, firm news

Drug-related offenses are some of the most common types of crimes in Pennsylvania. They can affect anyone, from a stay-at-home mother with an addiction to opioids to a teenager accused of selling marijuana to friends. No matter who you are or what charges you may be facing, you must remember that you have the right to defend yourself against criminal charges. In this post, we will… READ MORE