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Gun and Drug Charges dismissed at Preliminary Hearing in Reading, PA

Last Friday Attorney Liz Ebner won a dismissal of a felony firearm charge as well as multiple drug counts at a Preliminary Hearing in Reading, Pennsylvania. Her client had initially been charged with Persons not to Possess a Firearm, a serious offense which would also have led to a 5 year mandatory prison sentence in conjunction with the Drug Delivery charges. After a contested hearing the District Judge ruled that the Commonwealth failed to meet its burden and dismissed the gun charge as well as several of the narcotics offenses. Liz's hard work and advocacy on Friday saved her client from what surely would have been a lengthy state prison sentence.

PFA dismissed in Reading, Berks County, PA

Today, I (attarney Dan Nevins) represented a young man facing a PFA petition following an alleged incident in Berks County PA. The Protection from Abuse (PFA) Act is meant to protect victims of domestic violence from their abusers. A plaintiff can petition the Court for a temporary order which may be granted pending a full hearing on the alleged incident of abuse. A PFA order may then be granted for a period of up to three years and include provisions such as no-contact, eviction from a residence, child custody, and a ban from possessing firearms. A plaintiff needs to show, by a preponderance of the evidence, that abuse occurred and that they remain in fear of the Defendant.

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