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December 2010 Archives

Felony Charges Reduced to Misdemeanor Probation

My client was originally charged with burglary, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 3502 (Felony of 1st Degree), robbery, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 3701 (Felony of 2nd Degree), criminal trespass, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 3503 (Felony of 3rd Degree), terroristic threats, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 2706 (Misdemeanor of 1st Degree), and simple assault, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 2701 (Misdemeanor of 2nd Degree). A preliminary hearing was held several months ago, at which time all the charges were held for court by the Magisterial District Judge in Reading Central Court.

Not Guilty Verdict on Theft Charges in Reading, PA

Today, a Berks County Judge found my client not guilty of three counts of theft by deception following the non-jury trial. The case involved allegations by the Commonwealth that my client was involved in a scheme to defraud a homeowner by accepting payment for work not performed. With three separate Felony 3 counts, my client was facing a maximum of 21 years in state prison. Thankfully, for his sake, the Judge's verdict means that he will soon be a free man.

Fighting Speeding Tickets in Berks County (Reading, PA)

Many people wonder if they need an attarney to contest speeding or other traffic tickets. If you are serious about fighting it, then the answer is yes. Keep in mind, you will be going to court, appearing in front of a Judge and questioning a police officer on the witness stand. Additionally, depending on the outcome it may become necessary to file an appeal de novo to the Court of Common Pleas.

Mandatory Jail Time Reduced to Court Costs & Fine

I recently represented a client who was charged with the traffic offense of Driving on a DUI Suspended License, 75 Pa.C.S.A. 1543(b). If convicted, this offense carries a mandatory sentence of 60-90 days in Berks County Prison. Additionally, PennDOT will actually tack on an additional 1-year license suspension for anyone convicted of this offense.

Jury Acquittal on Felony Drug Charges (PWI) in Berks County, PA

Today, myself and my partner, Liz Ebner, won a not guilty verdict on a charge of Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin in front of a jury in Berks County, PA. Our client was facing a maximum penalty of 15 years in state prison if convicted of the top charge. Instead, he was convicted of the lesser charge of Possession, a misdemeanor. The trial involved eight witnesses and stretched over two days in the Court of Common Pleas in Berks County. The jury deliberated for over two hours following closing arguments by myself and the assistant district attarney.

Simple Assault charges dismissed at Preliminary Hearing

Today a client of ours had a very favorable resolution to his pending criminal matter. Several months ago a situation occurred at the home of client's girlfriend which resulted in the police being called to the scene. Charges of Simple Assault, Harassment, Criminal Tresspass, Public Drunkeness and Disorderly Conduct were filed against this young man who, prior to this, has no contact with the criminal justice system. Thankfully, in the ensuing months the individuals involved in the matter repaired their relationships. In the end, the Commonwealth witnesses did not want to testify and the charges were dismissed.

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