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Do I need a lawyer if I'm busted for a small amount of pot?


Although 7 States and the District of Columbia have approved marijuana for recreational use, New Jersey is not one of them. Many people do not realize that in New Jersey, possessing a small amount of marijuana (under 50 grams) is still a crime that carries serious penalties. Not only will a conviction for this offense show up on your criminal record, but there is also a mandatory minimum license suspension of 6 months to 2 years, as well as a $500.00 drug enforcement and demand reduction penalty, that come with it.

Watch for Increased Injuries When the Warm Weather Approaches The Lehigh Valley and Western New Jersey

sun clipart.gifIf you live in the Lehigh Valley or in Warren County, New Jersey, the warm weather will be here soon. If you were to interview Emergency Room staff in the local hospitals such as St. Luke's, Lehigh Valley Hospital, or St. Luke's Warren, the staff may comment that there is a significant rise in injuries during the summer months. This is a phenomenon that has been in existence for a long time. It is human nature to spend more time outside during the summer months. From participating in more sporting events to working longer hours outside with machinery, the risk of injuries nearly doubles. One group which experiences this increased risk of injury is seasonal summer workers.

How to Appeal an Indicated Children and Youth Report in Pennsylvania


Children and Youth Services ("CYS"), the Pennsylvania organization that responds to concerns about child welfare, serves an important purpose in trying to protect children in Pennsylvania. However, the processes used by CYS are far from perfect, and their findings are not always accurate. Once CYS is involved with a suspected incident of child abuse, CYS has 60 days to issue a report evaluating that suspected incident. CYS will issue a "founded," "indicated," or "unfounded" report, depending on their findings regarding the suspected abuse. A "founded" or "indicated" report can have a profound effect on the individual it is entered against, potentially landing that individual on a child abuse registry and impacting that individual's ability to see his or her children.

If you feel an indicated child abuse report has been wrongly entered against you, our Lehigh Valley Children and Youth Attorneys can help.

Bankruptcy Filings Spike in Spring Months

bankruptcy spring.jpgSpring is a season of new beginnings and hope for the future. For many people, this same feeling of hope carries over into their finances. Perhaps that is one reason why personal bankruptcy filings tend to spike in spring.

Debt is a common struggle for many individuals. Although it is sometimes difficult to consider bankruptcy as an option, in many cases, bankruptcy really is the best choice. This is particularly true for those who are not making progress on erasing debt. Just as spring offers nature a fresh start, bankruptcy can offer people in debt a fresh financial start that gives them hope for the future. Instead of interest payments, money can go toward retirement, saving for college and other productive uses.

Help Guide Your Loved Ones After You Pass

will-testament.jpgAt some point, each of us will leave behind loved ones who must pick up the pieces after we are gone. As our loved ones struggle emotionally with our loss, they are also put in a position of responsibility with regards to our burial and estates. The least we can do for these loved ones during this difficult time is have an organized plan for them to follow so they are not left picking up the pieces from scratch. The following list consists of some helpful tips and is not intended to be exhaustive.

The Importance of Experienced Legal Representation When Buying or Selling Your Own Business

real estate.jpgWhether you are about to embark on your lifelong dream of purchasing, owning and operating your own business or your dream has already been fulfilled and you are looking to sell your business in order to meet life's next challenge, it is imperative to have competent legal representation to guide you.

6 Ways a TBI Can Alter Your Life



You are involved in a workplace accident, suffering a traumatic brain injury. Almost right away, the symptoms become clear -- you can hardly remember the accident itself. Everything is a blur. You watch the video footage from the security camera and feel like you are watching someone else. You can't believe it happened to you.

Even as you heal, these jarring changes may not end. Below are six ways that the TBI can massively change your life:

Fathers going through divorce: Learn more about shared parenting

father parenting.jpgIf you are a father going through the divorce process, there are many details that deserve your full and undivided attention. Most importantly, you need to focus on your future relationship with your child.

While some divorcing couples are unable to work out a shared parenting agreement, others have come to find that this is best for all parties involved. In short, this gives both parents the opportunity to make key decisions with regard to their child's upbringing.

Do NJ or PA State Laws Apply to My Divorce?

divorce.jpgWhich state's laws apply to your divorce? Sometimes, the answer to this question is not as easy as it may appear. For instance, if each spouse lives in a different state, which state would have jurisdiction to enter a Final Judgement of Divorce if the parties decided to get divorced? 

This Program Could End Drunk Driving - But Will It?

DADSS.jpgAdvocates are pushing to get the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety implemented in vehicles.

We all know drunk driving is dangerous. Additionally, people charged with driving under the influence (DUI) face significant penalties that can affect their lives and families. Reducing the number of people who drive drunk is beneficial for everyone. 

Although DUI-related deaths are down significantly from where they were decades ago, there has been a recent increase in drunk driving fatalities. So how far should we go in our efforts to stop drunk driving? 

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