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ARD Reconsideration Granted in Berks County Drug Case

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

This morning I was able to secure an ARD admission for a client charged with Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana and Paraphernalia. Typically, this would not be particularly notable for a first time offender. However, my client’s background included a previous ARD for a DUI case.

Our initial application for ARD was denied by the Assistant District Attorney due to the prior ARD and prosecutorial discretion. I felt that the circumstances of the arrest and my client’s background were unique and should be taken into consideration by the Commonwealth. So, I submitted an ARD Reconsideration letter to the Berks County District Attorney outlining the reasons why my client should be given a break. He has a good job in the financial field which requires various licenses which could be jeopardized with a drug related conviction. Both offenses were non-violent and were relatively minor. Objectively speaking, the circumstances of the search and seizure were subject to a constitutional challenge. Fortunately, the District Attorney took the various points into account and approved admission into the program.

The end result is that my client can earn a dismissal of the charges so long as he stays out of trouble for 6 months, completes community service and pays some fines and costs. A great outcome for someone facing a drug related conviction which would lead to internation travel restrictions and possible loss of professional certifiactions and licenses, not to mention suspension of his driver’s license.

It’s possible, though rare, to gain admission to the ARD program in Berks County for a second offense. The lawyers at Ebner, Nevins & McAllister have experience at successfully navigating these waters. If you have a criminal case in Berks County, PA you need skilled legal representation. Call our offices to schedule a free consultation.

Can I get ARD in Berks County when I am charged with two seperate cases?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

I recently represented a client in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas charged with two criminal cases – a DUI and a Simple Assault/ Terroristic Threats – at the same time. A 32 year old father of five with a rock solid employment history had found his life spinning out of control after discovering his spouse’s infidelity.  With a first time DUI charge he was facing a mandatory 3 day jail sentence and a one year driver’s license suspension if convicted. Additionally, his simple assault and terroristic threats case involved possession of a (legal) firearm, so under the sentencing guidelines he was looking at a county jail sentence.

We proceeded to a preliminary hearing on the Assault/ Threats case. I successfully argued for a dismissal of the terroristic threats charges and the simple assault count was held for court. Subsequently, we waived the DUI charge and applied him for ARD in that case. Both cases proceeded to Common Pleas but in front of different Judges with two different Assistant DA’s assigned. Then came some bad news – I received a plea offer of 3 to 23 months in the Assault case and a denial of ARD in the DUI case.
Through negotiation with the ADA in the Simple Assault case, I was able to secure a revised plea offer of 2 years probation. I then filed an ARD reconsideration letter with the Berks County District Attorney for the DUI case. In my letter I outlined my client’s background and the unique circumstances of his cases. I stated clearly my goal in the matters: ARD on the DUI case and 2 years concurrent probation on the Simple Assault case. Thankfully, the District Attorney agreed that this request was reasonable given the circumstances. In the end, I was able to help my client avoid jail time and a legnthy license suspension.

The answer to the question that forms the title of this post is “yes.” But only if you retain diligent and persistent counsel. We regularly obtain the most favorable results for our clients. If you or someone you love is charged with a criminal case in Berks County or throughout Central or Southeastern Pennsylvania give us a call for a free consultation.