Q & A: If a traffic stop leads to the discovery of drugs, can they charge me weeks later?

In Pennsylvania misdemeanor charges are brought via the filing of a criminal complaint, not a citation. Also, if any traffic offenses are attached to a criminal charge, everything has to be filed at the same time. So if the officer was considering filing charges related to the drugs, he would not issue a traffic citation at the time of the …

Q & A: Will I lose my right to vote or own a firearm if I’m convicted of possessing marijuana?

If you are convicted for simple possession of marijuana or possession of a small amount of marijuana, those are both misdemeanors. If either of those offenses are the sole offense on your record, you will not lose your right to vote. 25 Pa.C.S. sec. 1301(a) states that only those potential voters who have been incarcerated for a felony within the …

Q & A: Can the victim choose to drop criminal charges?

There is a long-standing myth that the victim in a criminal case can drop charges whenever they want. Not true. Once a report has been made to the police, the decision on whether to continue the case with a reluctant victim is solely up to the prosecutor. In some cases, a victim’s refusal to cooperate with the prosecution can completely …