Thursday, May 26, 2016


Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe intends to sign into law a Medical Marijuana bill to give relief to persons suffering from certain medical conditions.  Sure to accompany this intended benefit is an unintended consequence: a rise in arrests for Driving Under the Influence of Controlled Substances or Drugs.  Other states such as Colorado which have passed similar legislation have witnessed a rise in these types of arrests, and Pennsylvania will certainly follow this unfortunate trend.   Marijuana does not dissipate from the human body in a matter of hours as alcohol does.  Marijuana will be detected in the system for days and even weeks, and those DUI suspects who are directed by police to submit to a blood test will have a problem on their hands.  Stay tuned, for the future in this area of the law should be interesting. 
Joseph A. Paletta, Esq.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

How Philly Has Decriminalized Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana

On October 26th WTAE published an article (Arrests down sharply since marijuana law change | Local News - WTAE Home) reporting on a decrease in the number of arrests Philadelphia has seen since their new law was enacted decriminalizing possession of small amounts of Marijuana.

So although possession of the drug is still illegal in the city, those found with 30 grams/or a little more than 1 ounce will receive a citation and a $25 fine.  Public use of small amounts results in a citation, a $100 fine or up to nine hours of community service.

Could a change in Pittsburgh's Drug Laws be coming next???

If you have been charged with a drug crime in Allegheny County contact our office to schedule a free initial consultation. 

- Aimee, Paralegal to Attorney Paletta


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Marijuana laws state by state- WTAE

WTAE posts a slideshow looking at marijuana laws state by state...


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Drug Charges: A Recent Case Result...

Commonwealth v. C.W. 
(Petition to Terminate Probation)

Client, a student at the University of Pittsburgh was charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Possession of a Controlled Substance & other related crimes.  Subsequent to being charged with these crimes, Client was placed on Interim Suspension by the University.   

Facing these very serious charges, Client retained Attorney Paletta with the hopes of achieving some type of disposition which would allow him to eventually continue his education and return to the University of Pittsburgh 

------ To read more, follow this link to our recent case results blog:    

Posted by Aimee, Paralegal to Attorney Paletta

Thursday, February 27, 2014