Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a Berks County man who was charged with several misdemeanor criminal offenses, most notably Simple Assault, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 2701(a)(1), and False Imprisonment, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 2903(a). Our client was a father, hard-working member of the community, who had no prior criminal record. He was extremely distraught over the fact that these charges were filed against him, and he was very worried about how it could impact his job and ability to earn a living.
Attorney McAllister represented our client at his preliminary hearing before the local district justice. As the hearing was about to start, the Commonwealth informed the Judge that they were missing a key witness. The Commonwealth then requested that the Judge grant a “continuance” to allow more time to prepare the case. Attorney McAllister, however, argued that the entire case should be thrown based on several factors. In the end, the Judge sided with Attorney McAllister, and all charges against our client were dismissed.
Attorney McAllister is now is discussions with our client regarding the expungement process, which would enable any record of the arrest, etc., to be destroyed. By the time everything is complete, there will be no official trace of this unfortunate incident which could have had devastating affects for our client.
If you or someone you know is charged with a criminal offense in Berks County or Reading, Pennsylvania, please call us right away at 610-372-5128. Our secretary will be happy to setup a no-cost consultation with one of our experienced and dedicated attorneys. Our lawyers know this can be a very stressful time, but they are here to assist you and reassure you throughout the process.