Attorney Ryan W. McAllister was retained to represent a young college student on felony charges of forgery, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 4101, access device fraud, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 4106, and theft by deception, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 3922. Our client, along with a co-defendant, allegedly used another person’s credit card without permission. As a young person just starting out her life, our client was extremely worried about the impact of felony charges on her otherwise bright future.
Attorney McAllister began negotiating with the Berks County District Attorney’s Office shortly after being retained. Attorney McAllister formally filed the paperwork to consider our client for the Berks County Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program (“ARD”). Normally, defendants charged with felony offenses are not eligible for the ARD Program. Attorney McAllister, however, stressed the fact this our client had no prior involvement with the criminal justice system. Attorney McAllister was able to get our client approved for the ARD Program, which will allow our client to have her record expunged after successful completion of the program.
In the end, our client was extremely happy with the outcome of her case. Initially, she was worried about the possibility of having a felony on her record for the rest of her life. By the time she completes the ARD Program, however, she will have her record expunged, and there will no evidence that this unfortunate incident ever took place.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a criminal offense in Reading or Berks County, please contact us right away at 610-372-5128. We are always happy to offer a complimentary consultation to client in criminal matters.