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DUI Charges Reduced in Berks County

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a client in Berks County who was charged with a second offense DUI. Our client had refused the blood test at the hospital, so he was looking at the “highest rate” penalties if he was convicted, which would include a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 90 days in Berks County Prison, followed by a five (5) year period of supervision. Our client was employed full-time at a local Berks County company, and he was have undoubtedly lost his job if he received a 90 day jail sentence.

Attorney McAllister fought the case on behalf of our client by filing an omnibus pretrial motion, which would then be followed by a subsequent bench trial. On the day of the hearing, the District Attorney’s office offered up a “plea deal” to Attorney McAllister’s client based on the fact that there was a chance they would lose the case. The plea deal was for a second offense “general impairment” DUI, which carries reduced penalties of five (5) days in jail and a maximum supervision period of only six (6) months.

Our client thought long and hard about whether or not to take the deal. In the end, he decided to go for the “sure bet” and lock in the reduced jail sentence of only five (5) days compared to 90 day jail sentence he would have faced had he went to trial and lost. Additionally, Attorney McAllister negotiated to have all the other charges are client was facing dropped in exchange for the plea agreement, which saved our potentially hundreds if not over one thousand dollars in fines and costs. In the end, our client was very happy with the outcome of his case.

If you or someone you know is facing a driving under the influence case or DUI charges in Berks County, PA, or Reading, Pennsylvania, please call our office right away at 610-372-5128. One of our experienced criminal trial attorneys will be happy to sit down with you and discuss your case in more detail at no initial cost to you.

DUI Charges Dismissed

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Earlier this week Attorney Ryan W. McAllister had a bench trial scheduled in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas for a client who was charged with Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, 75 Pa.C.S.A. 3802.  Our client was on State Parole at the time he was charged with the DUI offense, so it was critical that our client “beat” the DUI charge; otherwise, despite that fact that it was only a first offense DUI, our client would be headed back to state prison for over a year.Sealed Air-Zelt

Attorney McAllister was prepared to present a vigorous defense at the trial.  However, before the start of trial, the assistant district attorney assigned to the case made a request that the Judge continue the trial to a later date to allow the Commonwealth to seek additional witnesses.  Attorney McAllister objected to this request since his client had already been in custody for a significant period of time.

Ultimately, the Judge denied the request to continue the case.  In the end, all of the charges against our client, including several charges that would have suspended our client’s driver’s license, were dismissed by the Judge.  Our client and our client’s family were extremely happy with the outcome, knowing the our client would be released from jail in just a few short days instead of over a year if he was convicted.

If you or someone you know has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in Reading or Berks County, please contact our firm at 610-372-5128 to setup a no-cost consultation as soon as possible.  Timing can be critical in criminal cases, and it is always best to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney prior to going to court.dong fang qi mo