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 …

Pennsylvania Broadens Expungement Law

We often receive calls from people looking to have their record expunged.  Typically, the conviction is for a relatively minor misdemeanor from their college or young adult years.  The conviction comes up whenever a background check has been done and, at best, causes them considerable embarrassment.  At worst, it gives a potential employer a reason not to extend a job …

What Not to Do When Debating Marijuana Legalization

On a local radio show this week, the open phones segment lead to a discussion regarding marijuana policy in Pennsylvania.  One caller provided such a spectacular example of how not to participate in such a debate that I can only hope he was kidding.  My criminal law experience, however, has lead me to the opposite conclusion. When asked whether Pennsylvania …