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Spotlight Issue: Negotiated dismissals - Rules 546 and 586

If you've been charged with a crime in Berks County and part of the charge contains an allegation that you owe something to someone else (usually money), your attorney may be able to negotiate a dismissal upon satisfaction being made to the aggrieved party. This type of disposition is pursuant to Rule 586 (in front of the Court of Common Pleas), Rule 546 (in front of a magisterial district judge) or Rule 458 (dismissal of a summary offense).

ENM Law News: "Not guilty" verdict in Homicide trial

A criminal case can't get much more serious than a murder charge and not all attorneys are capable of handling this type of case. However, when Attorney Nevins was given the responsibility of representing a client accused of criminal homicide in Reading, PA, he knew that he was up to the challenge.

ENM Law News: Felony Burglary charge dismissed at preliminary hearing

Usually, a Reading, PA attorney's first chance to make a difference in your criminal case is at the preliminary hearing. The Commonwealth has to present evidence of a prima facie case in order for the charges to be bound over to the Berks County Court of Common Pleas. All preliminary hearings for cases within the City of Reading are held on Fridays in Reading Central Court (read more about preliminary hearings and RCC here). A preliminary hearing is the first time that your attorney can hear the evidence against you and test the Commonwealth's witnesses. The best case scenario is that the case is dismissed at the preliminary hearing.

ENM Law News: Terorristic Threats charge dismissed at preliminary hearing

A client recently came to Attorney McAllister looking for help after a fight with a roommate. Our client had been charged with Terroristic Threats and his preliminary hearing was scheduled to be heard in Reading Central Court (read more about RCC here). The roommate testified that our client threatened to shoot him. The roommate admitted that he had never seen our client with a gun. While not denying the statement, Attorney McAllister argued to the magisterial district judge that it didn't constitute a Terroristic Threat. Confused by how that can be true? Luckily, Attorney McAllister isn't!

ENM Law News: 2008 ICC charge dismissed for lack of service

What happens when there is an alleged violation of a civil Protection from Abuse order (PFA)? The alleged violation results in an Indirect Criminal Contempt charge (ICC). This is a criminal charge which can result in a jail sentence of up to 6 months and a $1,000 fine.

ENM Law News: "Not guilty" verdict in bench trial

Attorney Dan Nevins recently secured a "not guilty" verdict for a client charged with intimidating a witness. This client was offered a jail sentence of 9-23 months in exchange for a guilty plea. After consultation with Attorney Nevins, this client decided to proceed with a trial. The alleged victim, who was a witness against our client in a traffic case, testified at the bench trial that the client had threatened to physically assault him if he testified in the traffic case. Under direct examination by Attorney Nevins, our client testified that he and the alleged victim traded racial slurs, but no threats of violence. After hearing all of the evidence, the judge determined that the competing testimony left him with reasonable doubt and therefore he found the client "not guilty." Thanks to the hard work of Attorney Nevins, this client avoided a conviction and lengthy jail sentence.

Misdemeanor Assault and Threats Charges Dismissed

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a client in Berks County who was charged with numerous misdemeanor offenses, including simple assault and terroristic threats. Our client had gotten into a heated argument with his wife and adult son over some personal family issues. The police were called, and, after an investigation, our client was criminally charged. Our client, however, denied ever physically touching either his wife or his son; he did admit to having a rather loud argument...but nothing more.Geniales Aufblasbare Wasserpark

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.

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