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Drunk Driving Penalties in PA

Pennsylvania, like many other states, bases DUI penalties in part upon how intoxicated a person is at the time of the offense.  Penalties may also vary based on the number of previous offenses.  Many people have the misconception that you do not get jail time for your first DUI offense.  This can be true if […]

What Happens After Arrest

Criminal process in Berks County Arrest on criminal charges might be a surprise following a traffic stop, or result from an ongoing investigation.  For the accused, understanding the road ahead is important when facing criminal charges in Berks County. Contacting a criminal defense law firm upon arrest is critical.  Reputable defense lawyers are available 24 […]

Pennsylvania and the Point System

Understanding license suspension To encourage safe driving habits and deter moving violations, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) maintains a record for each driver licensed in the state. Commonly called the point system[H1] , marks are added to that record if a driver is cited for moving violations.  Accumulation of excessive points results in graduated […]

Drunk Driving in Pennsylvania

Numbers count In over 1,000 collisions investigated by Pennsylvania State Police over the recent Thanksgiving holiday, ten people lost their lives and 326 people were injured. Four of those fatalities and 103 collisions were alcohol-related. In terms of arrests, in 2009, state troopers issued over 400 citations for driving under the influence (DUI) during the […]

Facing Criminal Charges in Pennsylvania

Steps to take when arrested in Berks County Arrest in Berks County or anywhere in Pennsylvania means legal trouble, and that means contacting an attorney as soon as possible. Protecting you and your rights is the job of an experienced defense lawyer.  If arrested, retaining an attorney focused solely on criminal defense is essential.  If […]

An Ounce of Prevention

As a criminal defense law firm serving Berks County for almost 40 years, we protect the rights of the accused—oftentimes individuals marginalized in society and later, in the criminal justice system. When crimes are committed, criminal defense lawyers work with the justice system to achieve the best possible outcome for each defendant.  For adults, sometimes […]

License Restoration in Pennsylvania

You can lose your driving privileges in a number of ways.  License suspension commonly accompanies conviction on driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI).  If you receive notice of suspension, an experienced attorney can help. Our law firm in Reading has successfully handled suspension matters for over 30 years.  We know how to […]

Penalties for Pennsylvania Drug Charges

High demand and distribution of illicit drugs continues to be a serious issue for Pennsylvanians.  According to the PA Attorney General, illegal drugs are the number one threat to public safety in Pennsylvania. While cocaine, heroin, and marijuana pose serious threats, manufactured drugs like methamphetamine and club drugs are also readily available in our state.  […]

Arrested for DUI in Pennsylvania?

Five things you can do Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol is dangerous, serious, and still far-too-common in Pennsylvania.  Based on prior record of conviction, and on the blood alcohol content (BAC) of an impaired driver, penalties[H1] include the following: Suspension of driving privileges Treatment or education programs Fines Jail or prison […]

Coming Clean

Arrest on criminal charges leaves a public trail of documentation.  Regardless of whether charges are dismissed or an individual found not guilty, a record of the action remains. In our digital age, even a hint of criminal malfeasance during a background check can eliminate future employment and other opportunities. In Berks County, and throughout Pennsylvania, […]

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