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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.

Berks County’s DUI STOP Program

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Today I represented 2 individuals who are both charged with 2nd time DUI offenses in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Under mandatory sentencing laws a highest tier (.16+) DUI carries a 90 day jail if it is the second such offense within the last 10 years. With a second time conviction an offender also faces an 18 month license suspension followed by ignition interlock.

Fortunately, Berks County has an excellent program known as “STOP” or the Second Time Offenders Program for Driving Under the Influence. A successful candidate with a highest tier offense will end up with a 5 day jail sentence plus 85 days on house arrest or in a halfway house rather than the 90 day prison sentence. Additionally, the successful candidate will receive personalized treatment and counseling depending on the nature and extent of their substance abuse issues. Over the years the Berks County STOP program has done a terrific job of rehabilating offenders while protecting the public.

The laws in Pennsylvania are tough on repeat DUI offenders. For more information on alternative sentencing in Berks County call our office for a free consultation. You may be eligible for ARD, STOP or DUI Treatment Court.