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September 2014 Archives

ENM Law News: Preliminary Hearing Win

Our client was charged by the Pennsylvania State Police with felony Criminal Trespass. Attorney Liz
Ebner argued the case at a preliminary hearing and won by convincing the judge that the alleged victim
was lying. This means that the charges against our client were dismissed before they even reached the
Berks County Court of Common Pleas. A felony Criminal Trespass charge is serious and can result in a
maximum sentence of 10 years of incarceration. In order to prove a felony Criminal Trespass charge,
the district attorney has to show that a defendant entered, broke into, or remained in a building,
knowing that he was not allowed to do so. There are multiple ways to defend against a charge of felony
Criminal Trespass. For example, it is a defense to the crime if the building entered was abandoned.
Further, it is a defense to the crime if the defendant reasonably believed that the owner of the property
would have allowed him to enter or remain in the building. Our criminal law attorneys can help you if
you've been charged with the crime of criminal trespass. Contact us today. water walker 

ENM Law News: Successfully Defended against Emergency Custody Petition

An Emergency Custody Petition was filed against our client alleging that she was neglecting her children
because she works full-time and attends school. Because of the work of our child custody attorneys,
the Petition was denied without testimony even being taken. The petitioner was attempting to disrupt
the established custody arrangement and this would not have beneficial for the children. Further, by
filing an Emergency Custody Petition, the petitioner was trying to circumvent the proper procedures
outlined by the Berks County custody court. The proper procedure would have been to file a Petition
for Modification of Custody at which point the parties would have been scheduled for a conciliation
conference. Our family law attorneys will help you fight for custody of your children. Contact us today. 

ENM Law News: Successful Custody Contempt Petition

Our family law attorneys filed a custody contempt petition on behalf of our client arguing that the defendant was refusing to follow a prior custody order which required the defendant to pay for half of the parties' child's private school tuition expenses. The Berks County court agreed with the arguments made by our family law attorneys and ordered that the defendant pay the tuition costs as well as our client's legal fees. 

ENM Law News: Multiple No-Fault Divorces Completed This Month

We can typically complete a no-fault divorce in as little as 4 - 5 months as long as both parties are in agreement with the proceedings. If you have a no-fault divorce that you need finished quickly, contact our divorce attorneys today. 

ENM Law News: Appellate Win

A Berks County trial court judge's decision was overturned after an appeal was filed by our attorneys. A defendant entered a guilty plea with the intent to withdraw that plea at a later date after obtaining new counsel. The trial court refused to allow that defendant to withdraw his guilty plea after he hired our attorneys. Our appellate attorneys quickly filed an appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court arguing that our client should have been allowed to withdraw the plea that he entered while represented by his previous attorney. The Pennsylvania Superior Court agreed with the arguments of our attorneys and the client has since been allowed to withdraw his guilty plea. That case is currently scheduled for trial. 

ENM Law News: Sentencing Issue Won on Appeal

Judges are supposed to follow statutory guidelines when imposing sentences for crimes. These guidelines are based on a defendant's prior record score (PRS) and the offense gravity score (OGS) for the crime. In our recent case, the sentencing judge used the incorrect OGS for a conspiracy crime which led to that judge following improper sentencing guidelines. As a result, our client received an incorrect sentence. Our appellate attorneys filed an appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court asking that court to overturn the sentencing judge's decision. The Pennsylvania Superior Court agreed with the arguments of our attorneys and sent the case back for resentencing. 

Spotlight Issue: What you need to know about DUI ARD in Berks County

Have you been charged with a DUI in Berks County? You may be eligible for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. ARD is a program run by the Berks County District Attorney's Office. Generally, DUI ARD is available for those who do not have a prior criminal record. Our attorneys can discuss with you whether or not you are eligible for the program so contact one of our DUI defense attorneys located in Reading, Pennsylvania today. Even if you have an old or minor prior criminal record, including a DUI more than 10 years ago, our attorneys may be able to help you get admission into the program.

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