ENM Law News: Armed robbery charge dismissed at preliminary hearing

May 31st, 2017

Attorney Nevins recently represented a client who was incarcerated for an armed robbery charge. Armed robbery is a felony of the first degree and is punishable by a maximum of 20 years of incarceration and a $25,000 fine. Our client denied the allegations and said that he was trying to help the alleged victim, not [...]

Spotlight Issue: Update on DUI license suspensions in Pennsylvania

May 31st, 2017

In 2016, the US Supreme Court issued a decision in Birchfield v. North Dakota which changed the way that DUI cases are handled in Pennsylvania. Read more about that decision here. One issue that the Birchfield Court seemed to leave alone was civil penalties for a driver refusing to submit to chemical testing (blood or [...]

Alibi Defense In PFA: Case Dismissed

May 28th, 2017

Attorney Dan Nevins secured a dismissal of a PFA (Protection From Abuse) for a client last week in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas. The client’s daughter brought allegations of abuse that she said occurred on a certain date and time earlier this month. Attorney Nevins worked with the client to interview several witnesses [...]

Spotlight Issue: Landlord / Tenant disputes

April 29th, 2017

What are you rights as a tenant in Pennsylvania? Most of us have been tenants at one point in our lives and disputes with your landlord can be confusing. You may not have understood your lease when you signed it and now that a problem has come up, you’re wondering what you can do about [...]

ENM Law News: Judge orders return of security deposit for client

April 29th, 2017

A recent client came to us because of a problem with a landlord. Our client signed a lease and gave the landlord a security deposit, but a disagreement then arose with the landlord over repairs that were supposed to be made prior to move-in. Our client decided not to move into the property and the [...]

Spotlight Issue: Custody rights of grandparents in Pennsylvania

March 31st, 2017

What custody rights do grandparents have in Pennsylvania? PA law sets forth the criteria to determine whether a grandparent can petition the court for any type of physical custody of a child (including full custody): – The grandparent’s relationship with the child must have started with the consent of a parent of the child or [...]

Spotlight Issue: Expungement of criminal offenses

March 2nd, 2017

A criminal charge, even without a conviction, can have a very negative impact on a person’s ability to obtain employment, get a loan or find housing. Is there anything that can be done to erase your criminal record? In some cases, yes: you may be eligible to have your record expunged or declared “limited access.” [...]

ENM Law News: “Not guilty” verdict in drug possession case

February 23rd, 2017

A recent client came to ENM Law when he was facing the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence. This client was on parole for murder when he was charged with simple drug possession. While a possession charge usually only carries a probationary sentence, this client was looking at a state sentence for the new charge [...]

ENM Law News: Summary Retail Theft charge dismissed

February 8th, 2017

A client recently came to ENM Law looking for assistance with a summary Retail Theft charge that had been filed against her. The circumstances surrounding the charge were a little bit unusual: she had been charged by private criminal complaint approximately 7 months after the offense was allegedly committed and the client had already paid [...]

ENM Law News: Successful Rule 600 motion

January 27th, 2017

Rule 600 of PA Criminal Procedure guarantees a criminal defendant the right to a speedy trial. Failure to bring a case to trial within the required period of time results in dismissal of the charges. Read more about Rule 600 here. A client recently came to Attorney Nevins because of a second offense DUI charge [...]