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Explaining 'plain view' in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, if a law enforcement officer does not have a warrant, they will need what is known as "probable cause" before they are allowed to search or seize property or to search or arrest a person. In fact, to obtain a search or arrest warrant, an officer will need to offer probable cause and swear to it under oath. These protections against "unreasonable" searches and seizures are afforded citizens by both the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article I, section 8 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania.

Drug possession charges have additional academic consequences

No college student heads off to school in the fall expecting to face drug charges, but it is a reality that many students end up confronting. In addition to the threat of criminal charges, schools have their own strict penalties, sometimes resulting in dismissal of a student with no refund of any tuition paid, for drug use or possession.

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