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Can a criminal conviction prevent you from becoming a teacher?

When Pennsylvania authorities charge you with any type of crime, you may have concerns about how it may impact your life if that charge winds up leading to a conviction. Ultimately, the repercussions you should expect to face following a criminal conviction may vary broadly based on the type of crime and whether you have offended before, among other factors. However, if you face criminal charges and also look to become a teacher within the state, you should know that some types of criminal convictions could potentially hinder your chances of doing so.

How? Whenever someone applies to become a teacher within state lines, the state has to first take into account whether the applicant has what it considers to be good moral character. If there are any questions raised by the way you answer certain questions presented by the state’s Teacher Information Management System, you may need to undergo something called a good moral character review.

Different types of property in a divorce

Marriage is a common part of life. Roughly 90% of people will tie the knot by the time they are 50. Sadly, a large percentage of those marriages will end up in divorce. 

When going through a divorce for the first time, you will have a lot of questions. Having kids can greatly complicate matters, but even if you never had children together, you will still need to go through property division. You will need to assess all the assets you own together and determine what one person will keep and what another needs to divide. This involves understanding the different forms of property the court considers, so you know what is at stake. 

How the U.S. Social Security Administration defines “disability”

Having a serious disability can make it substantially harder to find and maintain gainful employment, and in some cases, it can make doing so virtually impossible. If you count yourself among the many residents of Pennsylvania that have disabilities severe enough to prevent them from earning a reasonable living, you may be working to obtain assistance from the U.S. Social Security Administration.

For your application for disability benefits to prove successful, though, you will first need to prove to the administration that you meet its strict definition of the term “disability.” What might this look like?

3 hidden benefits of a comprehensive parenting plan

Divorce can be extraordinarily difficult for anyone. If you have children, though, parenting in a post-divorce family may present a host of problems you must overcome. While all divorced parents must figure out what is best for them and their families, you can likely increase your chances of raising well-adjusted kids by drafting a comprehensive parenting plan. 

As you likely know, divorce can be tough for kids. Put simply, a parenting plan establishes guidelines for you and a co-parent to follow. While clearly setting expectations and obligations are principal benefits of any parenting plan, there are some hidden advantages to executing a well-drafted agreement. Here are three of them: 

Understanding the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine

When you face criminal charges in Pennsylvania, you naturally want the best defense possible. The last thing you want is for a judge or jury to convict you of a crime that could result in a prison sentence that could negatively impact you for the rest of your life.

Well before your trial, you should familiarize yourself with the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine. The U.S. Supreme Court hinted at this long-established legal doctrine in Boyd v. United States, an 1886 case. Over half a century later, the noted Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter actually named it in the decision he wrote in the case of Nardone v. United States.

What to do about a denied SSD claim

It is more than disappointing when you are eligible for Social Security benefits but the government claims you are not. Denials happen for various reasons, with a common one being making mistakes on the application. 

A denial of the financial assistance you need can make you feel hopeless and anxious. However, it is not the end of your case; it just means you will have to take further action to secure benefits.

Three expenses that should be covered by child support

Getting divorced is never easy, but it is often even more difficult when you have kids in the equation. Separating your finances is one thing, but calculating the financial implications of children is yet another challenge that you must wrangle with. Fortunately, arranging child support provides a solution to this problem and allows a non-custodial parent to continue supporting her or his child.

According to the United States Census, the average child support payment is $430 per month, and you may be wondering what exactly this is supposed to cover. Child support payments are intended to cover the general expenses of raising a kid, including the following common costs parents encounter:

Pennsylvania CDL Drivers Beware-Traffic Violations, even small ones, can lead to loss of license

Small traffic violations can be hazardous to your livelihood.  If you have a Pennsylvania commercial drivers license(CDL) you can lose your license for 60 days or more when you plead guilty to 2 minor traffic violations within a 3 year period.   Offenses like improper lane change, following too closely, no-passing zones, using a cel phone or texting while driving and a host of other infractions.   Never plead guilty without talking to a lawyer first.

What are my Miranda rights?

If you ever face a situation where a Pennsylvania law enforcement officer seeks to question you about a criminal matter, you need to know about your Miranda rights. You have these rights because of the landmark 1966 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miranda v. Arizona. Ever since then, law enforcement officers have been required to give the Miranda warning to anyone they arrest.

You may be somewhat familiar with the Miranda warning because it is a staple of movies and TV series about crime and punishment. Basically, the Miranda warning goes like this:

  • You have the right to remain silent.
  • Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
  • You have the right to an attorney.
  • If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.

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