Posts Tagged ‘Berks County License Suspension’

Driving on a Suspended License Charge Dismissed

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a client who was charged with Driving on a Suspended License under 75 Pa.C.S.A. 1543(a). Our client had failed to respond to a traffic ticket in another county in Pennsylvania, and, as a result, his license was suspended indefinitely. When our client was pulled over for a minor traffic violation, the officer ran our client’s information and discovered his license was suspended. The officer then issued our client a ticket.

Our client was very concerned because if he was convicted of the 1543(a) offense, PennDOT would have hit him with another whole one (1) year license suspension. Needless to say, our client, who needed his license to commute to work and support his family, could not afford a one (1) year suspension of his operating privileges.

Therefore, at the Berks County District Court hearing, Attorney McAllister requested a hearing before the Judge. After questioning the officer and making a convincing legal argument to the Judge, our client was found “NOT GUILTY” of the citation. Our client was very happy with the outcome of his case.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a traffic related offense in Reading, PA, or Berks County, please contact us right away at 610-372-5128. One of our experienced and dedicated attorneys will be happy to discuss you case in more detail during a “no-cost” consultation.

Client Not Guilty of 1543(a)-Avoids 1 Year Suspension

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a client who had been charged with driving on a suspended license under 75 Pa.C.S.A. 1543(a).  Although this section of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code is only a summary offense that typically is punishable by a fine, the greater concern is that a conviction under this section will result in a one (1) year suspension of a defendant’s driver’s license by PennDOT.

In this case, our client was a professional with an advanced degree who was a full-time employee at an area hospital.  Additionally, our client had a family that he had to support.  Getting his driver’s license suspended for an entire year was, quite simply, not an option.

On the day of the hearing, Attorney McAllister attempted to negotiate with the police officer who wrote the citation.  The officer, however, was unwilling to reduce the citation to a different subsection of the Vehicle Code.  Therefore, Attorney McAllister had a hearing in front of the Judge.  The burden of proof was on the Commonwealth to prove our client guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt”.

Attorney McAllister was able to successfully argue to the Judge that the Police Officer  couldn’t prove that our client knew his license was suspended.  In fact, Attorney McAllister was able to introduce evidence that our client was genuinely surprised to find out that his license was suspended.  The Judge agreed with Attorney McAllister’s arguments, and our client was found “not guilty”.  In the end, this outcome saved our client from losing his license for one (1) entire year, and, quite possibly, saved our client from losing his job.

If you or someone you know has been cited for an offense under the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, please contact one of our attorneys right away at 610-372-5128 to discuss your case in more detail.  We offer  a free initial consultation in many types of cases.