Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a client in district court in Berks County on charges of “Operating a Vehicle without an Ignition Interlock Device Installed”, 75 Pa.C.S.A. 3808, which is a misdemeanor under Pennsylvania State law, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.00, imprisonment of up to 90 days, and an additional one (1) year license suspension. Our client was, in fact, driving a vehicle without an interlock device installed. However, our client was under the impression and belief that he was allowed to be driving a vehicle without an interlock device.
The problem, however, was that our client did have a driver’s license that stated “interlock” on it. In other words, our client had a prior DUI conviction that required he have an interlock installed on his vehicle. Our client did have the interlock installed, and, after the required period of time, the device was removed. After that, however, our client never took the proper steps to get his “regular” license back. This was an error and a mix-up on the part of our client.
Attorney McAllister, however, argued the fact that since our client had actually served the proper period of time with an interlock device installed in his vehicle, our client shouldn’t face additional punishment. Attorney McAllister was able to get proof from the local service shop that installed and de-installed our client’s interlock device, along with various PennDOT records, to demonstrated that our client had simply made a paperwork error.
After negotiating with the police officer involved, as well as the Berks County District Attorney’s Office, Attorney McAllister was able to get this serious misdemeanor charge against our client “withdrawn”, and our client plead guilty to a related minor traffic offense. There was no $1,000.00 fine, no jail time, no probation, and no additional license suspension. Our client was very happy with the outcome of his case.
If you or someone you know is facing criminal or traffic charges in Berks County or Reading, Pennsylvania, please contact our office right away at 610-372-5128. One of our experienced and dedicated attorneys will be happy to discuss your case in detail.