I (attarney Dan Nevins) recently represented a client charged with Robbery in Berks County, Pennsylvania. It was alleged that he had passed a threatening note to a bank teller demanding money which she then turned over to him. The unique thing about the case was that the incident occurred several years ago and through a combination of reasons the case did not come to court until late 2011.
The evidence against my client was strong and included DNA and the sequenced money being found in his possession. The Commonwealth was seeking a state prison sentence of 1 to 3 years.
My client, I believed, deserved better than that. In the years since this crime occurred he had truly turned his life around for the better and there was evidence to prove that.
We decided to take an open plea – rejecting the Commonwealth’s offer of 1 to 3 years, but accepting responsibility for the crime and asking the Court to consider a more lenient sentence.
In the end my client received a legnthy probation sentence along with 9 months of House Arrest. Fortunately, he will be home and able to care for his newborn child while his wife works.
There are several sentencing alternatives available for criminal charges in Pennsylvania.