Posts Tagged ‘License Suspension for Underage Drinking in Berks County’

Underage Drinking Citation negotiated down to Disorderly Conduct in Berks County Summary Appeal

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Today I represented a Kutztown University student charged with violating 18 Pa.CSA Section 6308 – the Underage Drining statute. The penalty for such an offense includes fines and a 6 month driver’s license suspension. Additionally, many employers and professional licensing boards frown upon alcohol related convictions. In this particular case my client had represented himself at the District Judge level and had been found guilty despite the apparent weaknesses in the Commonwealth’s case.bouncy castle canada

Wisely, he decided to appeal and seek Counsel in his case before the Berks County Court of Common Pleas. I was able to negotiate the matter with the Assistant District Attorney assigned to the case. Thankfully, we came to a resolution that allowed my client to keep his driver’s license and avoid the adverse employment effects of an alcohol related inflatable slides

Our office frequently represents individuals charged with Underage Drinking and other Summary Offense and Traffic tickets in Berks County courts. When your driver’s license is at stake it is crucial that you retain an experienced and knowledgeable advocate. Our office offers free consultations for your criminal, non-traffic or traffic citation case. Call now to arrange an appointment with one of our attorneys.

No License Suspension in Underage Drinking Case

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Last week I represented a Kutztown University Student charged with Underage Drinking, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 6308(a), and Public Drunkeness, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 5505, both summary offenses.  Although these citations only carry fines with no real risk of jail time, a conviction for Underage Drinking will result in a PennDOT license suspension of 90 days for a first offense.  My client was in a position where he could not afford to lose his license.

Unfortunately, there was no disputing the fact that my client was under the age of 21 and drinking / intoxicated.  Therefore, I explained to my client that the best bet would be to work out some type of plea with the officer.

Therefore, on the day of the trial, I approached the police officer who had issued the citations to my client.  I explained my client’s situation to the officer, and I also showed the officer some documentation to demonstrate that my client had attended some counseling sessions since the Underage Drinking incident had taken place.  Although there was little to no actual legal defense to the citations that were issued to my client, the officer was willing to amend the Underage Drinking citation to a local Kutztown Borough Ordinance, which carries no license suspension from PennDOT.

Additionally, the Magisterial District Judge allowed my client, the officer, and me to make some comments prior to determining the amounts of the fines in the case.  I was able to speak to my client’s volunteer efforts as well as his goals for the future, and the officer was able to speak to the fact that my client was cooperative throughout the incident.  As a result, the Magisterial District Judge gave my client a reduced fine, easily saving him several hundred dollars.

In the end, my client was very happy to have avoided a license suspension.

If you or someone you know has been charged with Underage Drinking or Public Drunkenness in Berks County, Pennsylvania, or Reading, Pennsylvania, please contact my office to set-up a free consultation.  I have helped many clients, including many students from local colleges, such as Alvernia College, Albright College, Penn State Berks, and Kutztown University, who have been charged with these or similar offenses.  As with any case involving a college student, I am always focused on getting a result that will minimize or eliminate any potential impact on his or her future.