Most people ask this question out of concern for what the offense may mean when it comes to acquiring or keeping a job. With that, you must understand that how a charge impacts your record generally falls into four categories.
The short answer, in many instances, is probably not. The long answer as you might expect, is it depends. It depends on the county in which you were charged because in most instances the more rural the county the more likely the Commonwealth is to be seeking a penalty of incarceration.
It’s 2017. The world today is very different than the one I or my parents grew up in. Hours spent playing cards, hide and go seek, and baseball have gone the way of the dinosaurs. Those activities have been replaced by our obsession with any one of a myriad of electronic devices.
Within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in order for law enforcement to search a vehicle they have generally needed to have both probable cause and exigent circumstances. That all changed in April of 2014. It’s a three year old case, but the impact the case has had on the criminal justice world has been significant.