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Drunk driving rates up among veterans

The statistics may be concerning and surprising to people in Pennsylvania, especially those with veterans in their families, but drunk driving by military veterans has risen 60 percent since 2014 according to the results of one study. The American Addiction Centers reported that binge drinking and drunk driving have both become more common among the veteran population. The study analyzed behavioral data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pennsylvania changing its laws on license suspensions

What offenses would lead to a mandatory driver license suspension is changing here in Pennsylvania. This is due to a bill that was signed into law by the governor late last month.

Three tips for custody battles

Divorces are notorious for getting ugly fast, and when there are children in the picture, custody battles can be devastating. While you may be doing your best to help your children through this difficult time, your ex-spouse could be making huge efforts to create conflict around child custody.

Client Avoids Jail in Traffic Case

attarney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a client in the Berks County Courts who was charged with Driving on a Suspended License under Section 1543(a) of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code. Since our client had several prior convictions of the same exact charge, he was facing a mandatory thirty (30) days in Berks County Prison, with a maximum of six (6) months. Our client had never been convicted of any misdemeanor or felony offenses, and he was a employed full-time in the community; quite simply, our client just had a semi-poor driving record.

Kutztown University Student Avoids 1 Year License Suspension in DUS/1543A Case

This morning I represented a young man facing a traffic citation in a Berks County District Court. He was charged with Driving Under a Suspended License at section 1543(a) of the vehicle code. If found guilty of that offense he would face an automatic one year suspension of his operating privilege by PENNDOT.
Fortunately, we were able to resolve the case with a plea to the lesser offense of Driving without a License which results in a fine, but no loss of license.

Consent Decree for Client in another Juvenile Robbery Case

Today I was able to secure a consent decree for a 13 year old client that had been charged in a Reading, PA Robbery. A Consent Decree is a way in which a Juvenile may earn the right to clear his record through supervision and community service. In this particular case we had an uphill battle due to the serious nature of the offense. Fortunately, the young man now has the opportunity to avoid a felony record and a juvenile placement facility.

Client Saves $2,000 in fines in Montgomery County, PA Traffic Case

Yesterday I represented a client facing three summary traffic citations in Limerick, PA. The allegations included violations of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code at sections 1301, 1786 and 7124. Essentially, he was alleged to have illegally operated a tractor-trailer that was not insured and had a bogus license plate. The fines and court costs added up to over $2,000 in addition to the possibility of a license suspension and jail time.

Gun Charges Withdrawn at Preliminary Hearing

attarney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a client who was charged with Persons Not To Possess Firearms, 18 Pa.C.S.A. 6105. Our client was involved in a highly contested custody and divorce case, and he was the defendant in a protection from abuse (PFA) case that his wife had filed against him. attarney McAllister was not involved in the custody, divorce, and PFA case; he was, however, retained after our client was charged with this criminal case.

Victim Representation at District Court

attarney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented an alleged victim in a simple assault case in Berks County District Court. Our client was a wife and mother who had called the police on her husband after getting involved in a physical altercation. Our client's husband was arrested and taken to jail to await his preliminary hearing. Our client came to us since she wanted to minimize any impact this charges would have on both her husband and her family. Our client was afraid to attend the court hearing all by herself, especially since she would have to talk with the police and members of the district attarney's office.

Client Avoids Jail Time on 1543(b) Traffic Offense

Our client was charged Driving on a DUI Suspended License under the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S.A. 1543(b). Although this is technically a traffic offense, a conviction actually carries a mandatory 60-90 day jail sentence. Our client was a married father of two (2) children, and, clearly, he could not afford to spend 60-90 days in jail without a significant impact on both the emotional and financial well-being of his family. Additionally, a conviction under this section of the vehicle code would carry an additional one (1) year suspension of our client's driver's license by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

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