Posts Tagged ‘Mandatory Sentencing Reading Berks County PA’

Juvenile Decertification Granted in Reading PA Robbery Case

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Today, I (Attorney Dan Nevins) represented a 17 year old young man on allegations of armed Robbery.  Under those circumstances, it was considered a “direct file” offense.  This means that although the defendant is technically a juvenile, he was prosecuted as though he was an adult.  When I undertook representation of this client several weeks ago my immediate objective was to get his case transferred from adult court to juvenile court.  This was particularly important since he was facing the possibility of a 5 year mandatory minimum sentence if he was ultimately convicted in adult court. 

After negotiating with attorneys for the Commonwealth as well as the police prosecutor I was able to persuade them to move for a transfer of prosecution.  Today, a Berks County Judge issued an order transferring the case to Juvenile Court.  Thankfully, my youthful client will be able benifit from the treatment and rehabilitation of the juvenile system rather than suffer a legnthy state prison sentence in the adult system. 

If you or your child faces a serious criminal charge in Berks County PA call now to arrange a no-cost consultation.  We are also available to meet with defendants and juveniles who are locked up in Berks County Prison or the Berks County Youth Center.

Robbery Charges Dismissed in Berks County PA

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Recently, Attorney Liz Ebner represented a defendant charged with F1 Robbery, F1 criminal conspiracy to robbery and related charges. He was accused of knocking over a chinese food delivery man and punching him in the face while the man was held by a codefendant, and stealing his motor bike. Our client insisted that he was not the one that did this and he had no prior criminal record as a juvenile or adult. His life could have been ruined. We obtained unsecured bail for him and filed a motion for writ of habeas corpus. The defendant was never identified as the perpetrator in court and the charges were dismissed. He was looking at at least 20-40 years in prison if found guilty.