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How to talk to kids about drugs and alcohol before college

Drinking during college is common. In fact, a study performed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that nearly 60 percent of college students drank alcohol within the last month. That includes college students under the age of 21. A significant portion of that percentage binge drank alcohol. 

While colleges have programs to talk to students about the dangers of drinking too much, it is also important for the parents to play an active role. Any parents worried about how to breach the subject with their soon-to-be college student should keep these tips in mind. 

Should you refuse a chemical test if arrested for a DUI?

If you get arrested for driving under the influence in Pennsylvania, you might be wondering what your options are. For example, are you required to take a chemical test? What happens if you refuse testing for your blood alcohol content? Due to the varying state laws about implied consent, this can be a confusing topic for many people.

According to Pennsylvania law, you must consent to a chemical test after your arrest or risk suspension of your driver's license. Do not confuse this with field sobriety tests, which you have the right to refuse without penalty.

Is insanity a defense to murder?

As the investigation continues into the disappearance of four young men, the public might wonder about possible defenses for whoever is charged with the crime. The U.S. Constitution guarantees certain rights to every person accused of criminal activity.

One of those guarantees is the right to a defense attorney and the right not to incriminate yourself--meaning you are never required to testify at the trial even if you are the defendant. But what happens when a case might contain very damaging evidence such as DNA or eye-witness testimony? What defense can you mount when chemical analysis presumes you were definitively at the scene of the crime?

Joseph Lesniak Recognized as a "Lawyer of Distinction" by Colleague's Nomination

Joseph Lesniak was recently honored by the Lawyers of Distinction. This honor is bestowed only after potential candidates are identified, nominations submitted and an extensive review of the applicant's background and character.

Your child got caught with marijuana at college in Pennsylvania-now what?

You did everything right as a parent, including sending your child off to a great school in Pennsylvania, trusting him to make good decisions in another state. Then you get a troubling phone call: He has been charged with marijuana possession. Amid your shock and disappointment, you might have a lot of questions about the charges.

The best thing for you to do in this situation is to understand the laws and punishments for possessing marijuana and what action you should take. Learn what penalties your son may face and what you can do.

For 3rd Year in a Row, Our Firm named "Best Lawyers" in Delaware County Daily Times

We are proud to announce that the Delaware County Times has recognized the Law Offices of Joseph Lesniak as part of their "Best Lawyers" Reader's Choice selection in 2017. This is the third year in a row that we've been honored with this acknowledgement.

What are the penalties for underage DUI in Pennsylvania?

Because of the potentially harmful consequences, there are strict standards and serious penalties if you are caught drunk driving when you are under 21. Below are some key facts regarding underage DUI, one of the most common criminal charges for Pennsylvania college students.

What counts as underage DUI?

Because the drinking age is 21, there are more stringent standards for determining whether to charge an underage person with a DUI. If the chemical test finds an underage driver has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.02 percent or higher, he or she may be cited and charged with driving under the influence.

Common myths about DUIs in Pennsylvania

If you are stopped at a DUI checkpoint or by law enforcement, it is important to know your rights and responsibilities. Many laypeople try to understand the complex DUI laws and give advice, but you should go back to the criminal code and information you get from the Department of Motor Vehicles. In 2002, one person was charged with DUI, even though he was just sitting in the driver's seat. Here are some of the common myths of DUIs that you should know before you drink and drive.

How diabetes can affect a breath test

Diabetes is a highly prevalent condition among Americans. A diabetic who begins experiencing low blood glucose levels while driving runs the risk of being stopped and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. The most common symptoms of low blood sugar include diminished coordination, distorted vision and confusion, all of which can create the impression of drunkenness. These symptoms make it difficult to pass the typical field sobriety test as well, leading to the administration of a breathalyzer. High blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, can also cause symptoms such as drowsiness and dizziness. It can also lead to false positives on the breathalyzer test.

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