Archive for August, 2012

Client Avoids Jail in Traffic Case

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a client in the Berks County Courts who was charged with Driving on a Suspended License under Section 1543(a) of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code.  Since our client had several prior convictions of the same exact charge, he was facing a mandatory thirty (30) days in Berks County Prison, with a maximum of six (6) months.  Our client had never been convicted of any misdemeanor or felony offenses, and he was a employed full-time in the community; quite simply, our client just had a semi-poor driving record.

Attorney McAllister was hired with one goal in mind: keep our client out of jail.  A jail sentence would have resulted in our client losing his job, which he had held for over two (2) years.  Therefore, Attorney McAllister advised his client to plead “not guilty” and to fight the charges at Berks County District Court.  At the hearing, Attorney McAllister negotiated with the police officer who issued the traffic citation and explained the difficult circumstances that our client was facing.  In the end, Attorney McAllister was able to successfully resolve the case in a way that kept our client out of prison.

In the end, our client was extremely happy since he didn’t have to spend any time in jail.  More importantly, however, is that our client was able to keep his job.  If you or someone you know if charged with a traffic citation, contact us right away at 610-372-5128. One of our experienced and dedicated attorneys will be happy to meet with you to discuss your case in more detail.

Not Guilty Verdict in Berks County Traffic Case

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Yesterday I represented a client in a Berks County, PA Distict Court who had been charged with a summary citation of Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic. He had been cited after an accident invovling to other vehicles occurred on Interstate 78. My client was adamant that he did not cause this accident and he wanted to fight the citation. My client is a CDL licensee in Pennsylvania and is currently employed as a Trucker by a local trucking business. He has a clean driving history and wanted to keep it that way.

Fortunately, he was found not guilty following a summary trial before the Magisterial District Judge.

Our firm has represented hundreds of clients charged with every type of Pennsylvania vehicle code violation. We are skilled at both negotiating favorable settlements as well as litigating the legal issues and facts at summary trials. Call us for a free initial consultation on your Pennsylvania traffic law case.

Client Found Not Guilty at Summary Appeal

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Attorney Ryan McAllister recently represented a client who was charged with “Making False Reports” under a local City of Reading Ordinance.  Our client was awakened in the middle of the night by a knock at her door; as it turned out, two (2) police officers from the City of Reading were at our client’s door.  They wanted access to our client’s apartment since there had been a report of a “chemical smell” coming from the apartment complex.  Our client, however, being a single mother with a small child in the apartment, was hesitant to let the officers into her residence.  Our client was concerned since it was so late at night and she was not the one who had made the call to the authorities.  Based on that, our client, in front of the police officers, made a call to “911″ to confirm the validity of the investigation.

The officers were upset that our client made the 911 call, and, even though a supervising officer did come out to the scene, our client was ultimately cited for “Making False Reports” based on the 911 call.  Our client initially fought the charges on her own at district court in Berks County.  At that hearing, our client was found “guilty” by the local district judge.  After a consultation at our firm, though, Attorney McAllister quickly filed a timely “summary appeal” so that our client would have another chance to argue the case at a higher court.

At the higher court hearing, Attorney McAllister was able to cross-examine the police officers and elicit the important facts of the case.  The Judge agreed with the questioning and the arguments, and decided to find our client “not guilty”, even before our client had the chance to testify!

In the end, our client was able to avoid having to pay hundreds of dollars in fines and costs.  More importantly to our client, though, is that she was able to feel “vindicated”. She strongly believed that she didn’t do anything wrong by contacting 911, and her greatest satisfaction was having the Judge agree with her viewpoint.

If you are charged with a criminal offense in Berks County or Reading, Pennsylvania, contact the lawyers at Ebner, Nevins & McAllister today.  We’re only a phone call away at 610-372-5128.

Client Avoids Five (5) Points in Traffic Case

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a client in Montgomery County who was charged with Speeding under 75 Pa.C.S.A. 3362.  Our client was charged with going 27 MPH over the posted speed limit, which would have resulted in a hefty fine as well as five (5) points on her driver’s license.  Our client had to a long commute to get to her job, and she was worried how points would affect not only her driving privileges but also her automobile insurance rates.

After meeting with our client, Attorney McAllister advised our client to plead “not guilty” and fight the charges at a hearing.  At the district court hearing in Montgomery County, Attorney McAllister approached the Officer who had issued the traffic ticket and attempted to negotiate the matter.  After some time, Attorney McAllister was able to get the Officer to drop the citation to 5 MPH over the posted speed limit.  This resulted in a reduced fine for our client and zero (0) points on her driver’s license.

Our client was very happy with the outcome of her case.  If you or someone you know has been issued a traffic citation, it is always best to consult the services of an experienced attorney.  The attorney at Ebner, Nevins & McAllister would be happy to discuss the specifics of your case in more detail.  Don’t wait…contact them today at 610-372-5128.

Kutztown University Student Avoids 1 Year License Suspension in DUS/1543A Case

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

This morning I represented a young man facing a traffic citation in a Berks County District Court. He was charged with Driving Under a Suspended License at section 1543(a) of the vehicle code. If found guilty of that offense he would face an automatic one year suspension of his operating privilege by PENNDOT.
Fortunately, we were able to resolve the case with a plea to the lesser offense of Driving without a License which results in a fine, but no loss of license.

Consent Decree for Client in another Juvenile Robbery Case

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Today I was able to secure a consent decree for a 13 year old client that had been charged in a Reading, PA Robbery. A Consent Decree is a way in which a Juvenile may earn the right to clear his record through supervision and community service. In this particular case we had an uphill battle due to the serious nature of the offense. Fortunately, the young man now has the oppurtunity to avoid a felony record and a juvenile placement facility.

I have successfully represented hundreds of Berks County Youth in Juvenile Court. I firmly believe that if you have a child facing criminal charges you need an attorney that not only practices criminal defense, but is also well versed in the Pennsylvania Juvenile Act and familiar with all the local procedures. Call our office today to schedule a free first time consultation.

Client Saves $2,000 in fines in Montgomery County, PA Traffic Case

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Yesterday I represented a client facing three summary traffic citations in Limerick, PA. The allegations included violations of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code at sections 1301, 1786 and 7124. Essentially, he was alleged to have illegally operated a tractor-trailer that was not insured and had a bogus license plate. The fines and court costs added up to over $2,000 in addition to the possibility of a license suspension and jail time.

Fortunately, I was able to secure a dismissal of each of the charges and my client was free to go.

Our firm handles all manners of traffic citations and license suspension issues in Berks County, Montgomery County, Chester, Lancaster, Lehigh and throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. Call us today for a free telephone consultation.