Posts Tagged ‘DUI Law Firm Berks County’

Client Avoids Jail Time in Traffic Case

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a young man who was charged with 75 Pa.C.S.A. 1543(a), Driving on a Suspended License. Our client had several prior convictions under this offense, and, as a result, he was facing mandatory jail time. In this case, our client had his license suspended as a juvenile, and he had repeatedly gotten into trouble with the authorities, which resulted in additional license suspensions. This all occurred well before our client was 18 years old. Now, our client was in his twenties, and he was gainfully employed, earning money and providing for his girlfriend and her young daughter. He was still, however, paying the price for his misdeeds in his youth by not being eligible to get his license.

At the court hearing, Attorney McAllister negotiated an agreement with the police officer who had issued the ticket. By bringing to light the above information, Attorney McAllister was able to convince the officer that this was not a young man who should be in jail. Although our client still had to pay a fine, he did not have to spend any time in jail, and he avoided any further suspension of his license. Attorney McAllister is not working with out client to get him eligible to receive a license as soon as possible.

If you or someone you know has been charged with Driving on a Suspended License under 75 Pa.C.S.A. 1543(a) or 75 Pa.C.S.A. 1543(b), please 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. As always, we offer free consultations in traffic cases and criminal / DUI cases.

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.

Not Guilty Verdict in Berks County DUI Case

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Attorney Liz Ebner recently got her client acquitted of DUI, 75 Pa.C.S.A. 3802(b), during a non-jury trial in Berks County.  Our client was charged with a “middle tier” first offense DUI, so the mandatory penalties were 48 hours in Berks County Prison, a 12 month license suspension, and significant fines and court costs.  Our client most certainly did not want to go to jail, even for 48 hours, and he would have been very restricted if he lost his license for 12 straight months.

Therefore, Attorney Ebner, with her client’s permission, took the case to a non-jury trial.  At trial, the Commonwealth and the District Attorney’s Office were not able to present enough evidence to prove our client guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  The facts of this particular case were rather complex; nevertheless, Attorney Ebner was able to convince the Judge that our client was “not guilty”.

In the end, our client was extremely happy with the outcome of his case.  He left the courtroom with no conviction on his record, no mandatory jail time, no license suspension, and no fines or court costs.  If you or someone you know is charged with drinking and driving (DUI) in Berks County or Reading, PA, please contact us right away at 610-372-5128.  One of our knowledgeable and dedicated DUI defense attorneys will be happy to discuss the specific facts of your case in more detail.