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July 2013 Archives

Forgery and Identity Theft Charges Dismissed in Berks County

Attorney Dan Nevins secured a dismissal of Felony charges for a Reading, Pennsylvania client last week. The client had been charged with felony counts of identity theft and forgery as well as misdemeanor counts of theft and receiving stolen property. The charges stemmed from what was, at its core, a property dispute between former domestic partners. In the end Attorney Nevins and the Assistant District Attorney brokered a settlement resulting the return of property to the satisfaction of both parties. As a result the Judge signed off on a Dismissal Upon Satisfaction or Agreement pursuant to Rule 586 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure.

Client Saved From 60-90 Day Jail Sentence

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a Berks County resident who was issued a traffic citation for Driving on a Suspended License-DUI Related, which is codified at 75 Pa.C.S.A. 1543(b). Even though this is technically a traffic offense, there is a mandatory 60-90 day jail sentence that applies if convicted. Our client was employed full-time and was the sole source of support for her young daughter. A 60-90 day jail sentence would have had devastating consequences both financially and emotionally.

Harassment Charges Dropped in Berks County

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a young female client who was charged with Harasssment. It was alleged that our client was harassment her ex's new girlfriend. Our client adamantly denied the charges against her, and Attorney McAllister was prepared to present a solid defense at the hearing before the local Magisterial District Judge. When Attorney McAllister, the client, and the client's witnesses arrived at the courthouse, Attorney McAllister approached the "alleged victim" to discuss a resolution to the case.

Driving on a Suspended License Charge Dismissed

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a client who was charged with Driving on a Suspended License under 75 Pa.C.S.A. 1543(a). Our client had failed to respond to a traffic ticket in another county in Pennsylvania, and, as a result, his license was suspended indefinitely. When our client was pulled over for a minor traffic violation, the officer ran our client's information and discovered his license was suspended. The officer then issued our client a ticket.

DUI Charges Reduced in Berks County

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a client in Berks County who was charged with a second offense DUI. Our client had refused the blood test at the hospital, so he was looking at the "highest rate" penalties if he was convicted, which would include a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 90 days in Berks County Prison, followed by a five (5) year period of supervision. Our client was employed full-time at a local Berks County company, and he was have undoubtedly lost his job if he received a 90 day jail sentence.

Successful Superior Court Appeal in Berks County Rape Case

Attorney Julie Marburger won an important appellate victory for a client in a Sexual Assault case that went up to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. The matter was remanded back down to the Berks County Court of Common Pleas so that the client could stand trial. The client, previously represented by another Attorney, had entered a guilty plea and was sentenced by the Judge to a period of 15 years to 65 years. He was seeking a withdrawal of the plea prior to sentencing.

Successful Name Change in Berks County Courts

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently assisted a client with a name change in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas. Our client came to Attorney McAllister seeking to change both her first and last name. Attorney McAllister was able to discuss the process with our client, and she was able to file the proper paperwork with the Court, as well as proper publication of the notice of the hearing in the Reading Eagle and the Berks County Bar Journal.

Charges Dropped - Driving on a Suspended License

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a client who was charged with driving on a suspended license under 75 Pa.C.S.A. 1543(a). Our client was pulled over for running a stop sign, at which time the police officer checked our client's license and determine that it was officially "suspended". Our client, however, had no knowledge that his license was under suspension. Nevertheless, the police officer seized our client's license and issue him a ticket.

Berks County Expungements Granted

Attorney Julie Marburger secured an expungement of criminal charges for three Berks County clients in four different cases today after petitioning the Court of Common Pleas. Two cases dealt with assault charges that were dismissed and the other two were felonies in which the client was over 70 years of age.

Not Guilty Verdict in PFA Violation Case

Attorney Elizabeth Ebner won a not guilty verdict yesterday for a client who had been charged with violating a Protection From Abuse order in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The client was facing up to 6 months in prison if convicted of the offense. The case had been scheduled for a special date and time by a Common Pleas Judge due to the nature and circumstances of the situation. Ultimately, Attorney Ebner had her client fully exonerated following a contentions court proceeding.

PFA Dismissed in Berks County

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a client who was a defendant in a Protection from Abuse (PFA) case in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Our client originally appeared in court without an attorney. At that time, our client was requested to voluntarily enter into an agreement whereby the PFA would be in effect against him for a period of several years. After consulting with Attorney McAllister, however, it became apparent that our client had a potential defense to the PFA case against him.

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