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Other Misdemeanors in Philadelphia

Both federal and state laws divide most crimes into two categories: felonies and misdemeanors. Misdemeanors entail less serious crimes than felonies, and are typically punishable by a jail sentence of one year or less and/or a fine. Examples of misdemeanors are public drunkenness, shoplifting, harassment, and vandalism.

Depending on the circumstances, misdemeanors can move down to infractions or upgrade to a felony, and it is a good idea to consult a Philadelphia criminal defense attorney if you have been accused of a crime, misdemeanor or otherwise.

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5 Ways to Get Arrested on St. Patty's Day

Now that Penn State students are done celebrating the unofficial drinking holiday known as State Patty's Day, the real St. Patty's Day is coming up and it usually leads to a few arrests.

State College actually saw a drop in arrests and overall crimes during State Patty's Day, but it could be because the university paid 34 of 35 businesses with liquor licenses to stay closed, according to the Associated Press. Since it's unlikely that bars and restaurants are going to be closed on St. Patty's Day, it'll be interesting to see what the crime rate will be like this year.

So here are five ways to get arrested on St. Patty's Day:

No Savesies: Philly Police Crack Down on Parking

While it's a pain to shovel out your parking spot only to have someone park in it later, Philadelphia residents can't call "savesies" on parking spots.

The Philadelphia Police Department has started a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #nosavesies in an effort to educate residents that they can't use furniture or other objects to save their parking spots, according to

While it's rare that police will issue a parking ticket for saved spots, there are ways to fight a ticket if you do receive one.

Phil. Prosecutor Charged in 'Revenge' Crime Case

A Philadelphia prosecutor resigned last week, after being charged in a "revenge" crime case with making false reports and obstruction of justice, Philadelphia's WCAU reports.

Assistant District Attorney Lynn Nichols is being accused of using her influence to pressure a police officer to remove a stolen vehicle report to protect her then-boyfriend. After the break-up, however, as her form of revenge, she then allegedly called 9-1-1 to falsely report a vehicle as stolen.

Here's an overview of what Nichols' charges mean -- in general and for her professional career as a prosecutor:

3 Ways School Sports Can Turn Criminal

School sports may seem like they're all just in the good-natured spirit of competition. But, beware, because these games can turn criminal. For those who choose to enroll in school sports, misbehaving could lead to actual legal trouble from being on the field, court, or even in the pool.

In the spirit of school being back in session, here are some legal concerns to be especially cautious of if you or your child is involved in school sports. Here are three ways that school sports can turn criminal:

Pennsylvania Felonies, Misdemeanors, and Summary Offenses

There are several classes of crimes in Pennsylvania including murders, felonies, misdemeanors, and summary offenses.

The penalties for murder are obviously the most serious and can include the death penalty. While a summary offense is the least severe, the penalties can also be serious. Within each classification of offense, there may also be sub-categories of offenses that carry varying penalties.

The different classes of offenses can be difficult to keep track of and may be confusing. Here is a general overview of the different types of offenses and their associated penalties:

How to Prove Criminal Conspiracy in Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania conspiracy charge is one of the most common, yet least understood, criminal charges.

Generally, conspiracy is defined as one person planning with at least one other person to commit a crime. If someone is convicted of conspiracy, that person faces the same criminal penalties as the underlying crime.

For a conspiracy to be illegal, prosecutors have to prove that at least one person in the alleged conspiracy took some overt act to commit the crime.

5 Tips to Protect Your Children From Strangers

When you were a child, your parent probably told you not to talk to strangers.

Now that you are a parent, you will similarly have to provide your children some advice and tips on dealing with strangers.

Children encounter hundreds of strangers every day, whether it be at school, in the park, or anywhere else. So advising your children to completely ignore strangers is probably not practical.

How to File a Complaint Against a Philadelphia Police Officer

What do you do when the friendly, protective presence of the Philadelphia police is not that friendly or protective? The Philadelphia Police Department has provided a complaint mechanism through which anyone can file a complaint against a Philadelphia police officer for inappropriate conduct.

Philadelphia police officers generally do a great job in stopping crime, apprehending criminals, and working to protect citizens. However, given the number of crimes that occur and the violent nature of the job, police officers sometimes do overstep their authority and engage in inappropriate conduct such as harassment and overzealous enforcement.

If you or someone you know has fallen victim to excessive or unwarranted conduct by the Philadelphia police, you will want to know the following steps for filing a complaint:

Traffic Stop Leads to False Arrest and Lawsuit

What do you do if you're faced with a traffic stop and you didn't do anything wrong?

This holiday season, with the abundance of police officers on the road, this is a question sure to be asked by many. A Pennsylvania man learned the hard way that cops aren't always so cooperative.

Reginald Johnson is now filing a lawsuit against the Seaford Police Department, according to NBC Philadelphia. The lawsuit arose after he was arrested when police officers believed him to be another person, namely, a wanted felon. According to WBOC News, a police tracking device went off as Johnson drove by the officers.

Sexting Soon to Be Illegal for Minors, Bill Approved by Senate

Underage "sexting" is now illegal in Pennsylvania.

Or at least it will be soon, according the The Associated Press.

Pennsylvania state senators have approved a bill which would make it a crime for juveniles to send sexually explicit photos of themselves to other minors.

This bill would penalize those under the age of 17 who were caught sexting. The offense could be as light as a summary offense or could be written as a misdemeanor depending on the exact facts and circumstances.