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March 2013 Archives

Penn State Underage Drinking and Public Drunkenness: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Underage drinking and public drunkenness charges are ubiquitous in a college town like State College, PA, where I work as a criminal defense attorney. Just because you drink underage or to excess here at Penn State does not mean you are going to be caught. In fact, there are certain steps you can take to avoid a dreaded underage drinking or pubic drunkenness charge. Of course, the easiest way to avoid an underage drinking charge is to simply not drink, but such advice is as hopelessly naive as abstinence only sex education. The reality is that young people have always drunk and will always drink, no matter how many times hypocritical adults tell them to wait until age 21. If you are going to drink, doing so responsibly may not only save you from a wicked hangover, but also spare you from some significant legal consequences.

Bill O'Brien Should Not Give Up on Zayd Issah

The recent talk of Nittany Nation has been the multiple counts of forgery and theft by deception lodged against highly touted LB recruit Zayd Issah on March 10, 2013, in Dauphin County. Issah and his friends allegedly tried to pass counterfeit bills at the North Front Street McDonald's and other fast food joints around Harrisburg. Issah is already 18, so he has been charged as an adult.

What Penn State Students Need to Know about Criminal Convictions

As a criminal defense attorney in State College, PA, a high percentage of my clients are students at Penn State and other nearby schools, like Lock Haven, Bucknell, Susquehanna and Juniata College. Therefore, I need to be particularly attuned to the special concerns for students facing criminal charges. For a college student, the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction can actually be far more detrimental than any direct consequences.