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 …

The Consequences of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Recently, conservative columnist George Will wrote about how mandatory minimum sentences contribute to prison population increases and encourage those accused of crimes to forego their constitutional right to a jury trial.  You can read his article by clicking here. Rest assured that this problem exists at the state level as well.  Criminal defendants, especially in drug cases, often have to …