DUI cases are concerning for many clients because there is often mandatory jail time associated with a conviction, as well as a lengthy license suspension. One such client was recently represented by Attorney McAllister in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas. Our client was facing the prospect of spending a mandatory 3 days in jail and a 12 month license suspension, not to mention a misdemeanor conviction on his record. Understandably, our client was very concerned about these possible consequences.
Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a young man who was charged with 75 Pa.C.S.A. 1543(a), Driving on a Suspended License. Our client had several prior convictions under this offense, and, as a result, he was facing mandatory jail time. In this case, our client had his license suspended as a juvenile, and he had repeatedly gotten into trouble with the authorities, which resulted in additional license suspensions. This all occurred well before our client was 18 years old. Now, our client was in his twenties, and he was gainfully employed, earning money and providing for his girlfriend and her young daughter. He was still, however, paying the price for his misdeeds in his youth by not being eligible to get his license.
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.
Attorney Liz Ebner recently got her client acquitted of DUI, 75 Pa.C.S.A. 3802(b), during a non-jury trial in Berks County. Our client was charged with a "middle tier" first offense DUI, so the mandatory penalties were 48 hours in Berks County Prison, a 12 month license suspension, and significant fines and court costs. Our client most certainly did not want to go to jail, even for 48 hours, and he would have been very restricted if he lost his license for 12 straight months.