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Don't let spring break fun destroy your academic future!

For those in college, it's common and even expected to go a little wild during spring break. Before you finish the academic year, complete with exams and final projects, you have a last chance to blow off a little steam and enjoy yourself. Spring break has become something of a major industry, with resorts, hotels and even whole towns advertising for a piece of the spring break traffic.

Pennsylvania's ignition interlock program for DUI offenders

There are a lot of potential consequences for those accused or convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in Pennsylvania. In addition to criminal penalties, such as fines and jail time, people facing DUI charges may also have to deal with the frustration of an ignition interlock system in their vehicles. This program is one of many intended to deter drunk driving.

Treat your prescription drugs with care or risk criminal charges

Your doctor prescribed you a medication that was necessary given your symptoms at the time. You (or your insurance) paid for the consultation with the doctor, as well as for the prescription medication that you picked up from the pharmacy. You may think that the pills you received are yours to do with as you see fit, but that simply isn't the case.

How to handle a DUI stop

It's Friday night in Erie, so you do what you always do. You change out of your work clothes and head over to the bar to hang out with the guys. You have a few drinks and a few laughs, and when happy hour ends, you call it a night. You hop in your car and head home. While you might feel perfectly capable of driving home after only a few drinks, it is possible that a police officer will not hold the same opinion. Especially if your blood alcohol level is above the legal limit.

Halloween weekend is often an enforcement focus for DUIs

There are certain days of the week and times of day when you are more likely to encounter drivers under the influence of alcohol. The weekend, specifically Friday and Saturday nights and early mornings, are often a time when people socialize and use alcohol. The hours after bars close can often see a marked increase in impaired drivers on the road.

Pennsylvania is serious about shoplifting offenses

Shoplifting may not seem like a serious crime. Many people, especially teenagers or college-aged adults, may feel the temptation to try shoplifting. It may seem like a victimless crime, but, in reality, it can put jobs at risk. Because retailers mark up items to reflect a certain amount of theft, everyone else ends up paying for shoplifted items. The more items destroyed or stolen from a store, the greater the potential mark-up.

Can you get convicted of a DUI if you refuse a breath test?

You were driving home and got pulled over by law enforcement. For whatever reason, the officer stated that he or she suspected you had been drinking or possibly doing illegal drugs. You get asked to step out of the vehicle for a roadside test. You comply, and you believe that you passed the test.

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