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January 2011 Archives

Incarcerated in Berks County Prison?

The phone rings and the person on the other end is informing you that your son, daughter, friend or loved one has been locked up in Berks County prison. You don't know if they've been charged with a Criminal Offense or what that offense may be. You are scared and concerned for their welfare. You don't know what to do or where to turn.

No Jail Time For Second Offense DUI In Berks County

My client was arrested and charged with a second (2nd) offense DUI that was alleged to have taken place on March 2, 2010, in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, at the time of the new charges, my client was also in the process of finishing up the DUI ARD Program for a first (1st) offense DUI that was alleged to have taken placed in June of 2009. As a result, my client had two (2) issues to deal with. First, the Berks County Adult Probation Department, based on the new DUI case, was asking the Court to terminate my client's ARD, which would result another 12 month license suspension and a mandatory three (3) days in Berks County Prison. Second, our client was facing a mandatory 90 days in Berks County Prison on the second (2nd) DUI case.Adrenaline Rush Ii hinderl√łype

Client's Driver's License Restored After Appeal

This morning I represented a client at a summary appeal hearing in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas. A summary appeal is an appeal of a conviction in a summary case, which takes place at a magisterial district court. Typically, these cases are traffic related and found under Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, although there are many other non-traffic summary citations that exist.

Theft Charges Dismissed At Preliminary Hearing

Last Friday I represented a client in Reading Central Court (RCC) in Berks County who was charged with Receiving Stolen Property, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 3925, which is a theft offense. Although my client was only charged with a single misdemeanor offense, she had two (2) co-defendants who were charged with felony robbery, as well as other serious crimes; this was, therefore, an extremely serious case for my client.

Client Released from Prison on Unsecured Bail

This afternoon, I represented a client at a preliminary hearing who is charged with misdemeanor receiving stolen property, which is a theft offense. My client was being held in Berks County Prison on $20,000.00 secured bail, which means she would have had to pay a bail bond agency anywhere from $1,000.00 to $2,000.00 to be released from jail.

Not Guilty Verdict for Trucker in Weight Restriction Case

Yesterday, I represented a tractor trailer driver in a summary appeal case of a citation for violation of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code at 75 PaCSA 4902, Restrictions on use of highways and bridges. This section of the vehicle code makes it illegal to operate a motor vehicle on roads or bridges with a posted weight restriction. Most often this is meant to prevent truck drivers from operating on minor roads or bridges that have not been constructed to bear significant weight.

Fast Track ARD for DUI in Berks County, PA

The ARD program in Berks County is a way for an eligible candidate to avoid the mandatory jail time associated with a first time DUI. As we've previously posted, you can earn a dismissal of your DUI case by participation in this special first-time offenders program. Your participation will include community service, safe driving classes and court fines and costs. Our firm prides itself on making the entire process as simple as possible for our clients. One way we do this is by taking advantage of the so-called "Fast Track ARD" process.

Defending PFA Cases in Berks County, PA (Reading, PA)

At its best the Protection From Abuse Act in Pennsylvania can help save victims of abuse from those who wish to do them harm. At it's worst, a PFA can be used as a weapon by a vindictive husband or wife, or boyfriend or girlfriend. Unfortunately, on many occasions the filing of a PFA will be the first volley by one side in anticipation of a divorce or custody case. Often the person who finds themselves defending themselves in a PFA case is already placed at a disadvantage when it comes to child custody proceedings by virtue of the fact that there are allegations of abuse or other wrongdoing.

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