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April 2011 Archives

Appealing Traffic Citations Saves Points on Drivers' Licenses

This week I (Attorney Dan Nevins) represented two motorists in Summary Appeals who had been charged with speeding violations in Berks County, PA. In each case I was able to negotiate with the Commonwealth to reduce the violations to save my clients both money and points on their licenses. As we have posted before, the Pennsylvania vehicle code calls for points to be assigned based on how fast over the speed limit a driver was operating his or her vehicle. Accumulate enough points and a driver is facing a Departmental Hearing and/or a License Suspension or even a License Revocation.inflatable water slides

PFA Dismissed following hearing in Berks County Court of Common Pleas

Yesterday I (Attorney Dan Nevins) represented a client facing Protection From Abuse (PFA) petition. The allegations involved a domestic altercation which took place at a crowded nightclub in Reading, PA. According to the Plaintiff's narrative in the Temporary PFA, my client approached her, grabbed her around the neck and slapped her twice on the face. To support her claim, Plaintiff intended to use an independent witness who was a dance instructor at the club.

ARD Reconsideration Granted in Berks County Drug Case

This morning I was able to secure an ARD admission for a client charged with Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana and Paraphernalia. Typically, this would not be particularly notable for a first time offender. However, my client's background included a previous ARD for a DUI case.

Client granted RRRI Eligibility Waiver - Minimum Sentence Reduced by 7 1/2 Months

Today, I represented a client In Berks County Court on Burglary, Conspiracy and Theft charges. Client's family came to our firm over a year after charges had been filed and as Client continued to languish in Berks County Prison. The plea offer obtained by prior counsel had been for 3 to 6 years in state prison - a standard offer based on client's prior record and the sentencing guidelines for the top charge. However, it was my hope to bargain for something more favorable for my client.

College Student Not Guilty In Underage Drinking Case

Recently, I (attarney Ryan McAllister) represented a young college student at one of the Magisterial District Courts in Berks County. My client was issued an underage drinking citation under 18 Pa.C.S.A. 6308 for allegedly consuming and / or possessing alcohol. The incident involved a small group of college students who were drinking in an university dormitory. Although an underage drinking citation is relatively minor charge, anyone in college should be concerned about the effect of having any type of conviction on his or her record. Additionally, under Pennsylvania law, a conviction for underage drinking under 18 Pa.C.S.A. 6308 typically carries over $400.00 in fines and court costs, as well as a 3 month driver's license suspension for a first offense.

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