Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a Penn State Berks college student who was charged with underage drinking / possession in violation of 18 Pa.C.S.A. 6308. As a college student with a bright future, our client was very concerned about this being on his permanent record. Additionally, our client was facing fines and court costs in excess of $500.00 and a license suspension of 90 days. Moreover, our client rightfully wanted to fight the charges because he denied ever drinking, buying, or possessing any alcohol.
Attorney McAllister showed up in Court on the day of the hearing, and he spoke with the police officers involved in the case beforehand. Our client was offered a “deal” in which he would plead guilty to another charge which would eliminate the license suspension. After consulting with Attorney McAllister, however, the decision was made to move forward with the hearing and fight the charges.
During the hearing, Attorney McAllister cross-examined the officers and was able to prove to the Judge that there was simply not “proof beyond a reasonable doubt” to show that our client was guilty of this offense. The Judge agreed with Attorney McAllister’s arguments, and our client was found “not guilty”. The following day, Attorney McAllister filed the paperwork at the Courthouse to begin the process of “expunging” our client’s arrest record related to this incident. In a few short weeks, after the expungement is gratned, there will be no evidence of this unfortunate incident on our client’s record.
Our client and his parents were extremely happy with the outcome of this case. In fact, from a legal standpoint, the outcome could not have gotten any better!
If you or someone you know has been charged with Underage Drinking (18 Pa.C.S.A. 6308) in Reading, Pennsylvania, or Berks County, Pennsylvania, then be sure to contact our office right away at 610-372-5128. There are many strategies that our experienced and dedicated attorneys would be willing to discuss as part of a no-cost consultation.