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CASE RESULTS

The Zuckerman Law Firm LLC prides itself on helping good people navigate through the justice system with the goal of minimizing penalties. Having worked with members of law enforcement on both sides of the justice system, we use this experience during the negotiations process.

The results listed below are real case results on criminal and traffic cases litigated by the Zuckerman Law Firm throughout Allegheny County and Western Pennsylvania. Past results do not guarantee future results, and the Zuckerman Law Firm makes no promises or guarantees regarding the outcome of your case.

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AUGUST 2017

  • Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia (Westmoreland): Client with clean record facing max of up to 13 months in jail and 6 month license suspension. Result: Negotiated reduction to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. 
  • Unlawful Sale/Transfer of Firearm and Unsworn Falsification to Authorities (Allegheny): Client facing permanent felony record and max of up to 8 years in prison. Result: Proceeded to a preliminary hearing where all charges were dismissed by the magistrate for lack of sufficient evidence. 
  • Summary Retail Theft and Harassment (Allegheny): Green card holder facing immigration consequences if convicted of harassment or retail theft, max fines of over $900 and criminal record. Result: Client completed retail theft prevention course. Agreement for dismissal of retail theft and amendment of harassment to summary disorderly conduct, a non-deportable offense. 
  • Careless Driving and Safe Speed (Allegheny): CDL driver facing 5 points on driving record and major CDL violation. Result: Plea to two counts of Traffic Control Devices, eliminating all points and major violations. 
  • Possession of Instrument of Crime and Prostitution (Allegheny): Client facing max of up to 5 years on PIC charge and 1 year on prostitution charge. Result: negotiated withdrawal of PIC charge, waived M3 Prostitution offense to higher court, reduced possible sentence from 6 years of total supervision down to 1 year. 
  • DUI-D (Butler): Client with prior criminal charges facing max of 6 months, mandatory sentence of 72 hours in jail, and 12 month license suspension. esult: Negotiated entry into ARD program despite prior criminal history. No jail time, license suspension reduced to 60 days, and client eligible for record expungement upon successful completion of program. 
  • Speeding 25 over (Allegheny): Client facing 4 points on driving record. Result: 5 mph over plea for 0 points. 
  • Unlawful Activities Violations (Allegheny): Trucking company and CDL driver facing multiple violations for equipment and time log issues. CDL driver had clean driving history. esult: At request of trucking company, the trucking company plead guilty to unlawful activities offenses in return for the CDL driver's charges being dismissed. 
  • Underage Drinking (Washington): Client facing criminal record and 90 day license suspension upon conviction. Result: Negotiated reduction to local ordinance violation for glass containers, underage drinking dismissed. 
  • 2nd Offense Middle Tier DUI (Lawrence): Client with significant criminal record facing max of up to 6 months in jail and a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 days. esult: Negotiated tentative plea offer for client to plead guilty for 30 days of house arrest and 6 months probation
  • Dissemination of Intimate Images and Harassment (Allegheny): Client with no criminal history facing max of up to 3 years of jail. Result: Negotiated guilty plea to summary harassment and disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. 
  • Public Drunkenness and Local Ordinance Open Container violation (Allegheny): Client facing criminal record for public drunkenness offense and up to $900 in fines/costs. esult: Negotiated agreement for criminal charge of public drunkenness to be dismissed, guilty plea to local ordinance, non-criminal violation for fines/costs. 
  • Motion to Lift Detainer (Allegheny): Client facing felony drug case on probation for two separate violent offenses. Result: Court granted motion to transfer detainer from ACJ to an alternative housing facility, denied request for release on house arrest.
  • Careless Driving (Allegheny): Client with out of state license facing points for any moving violation. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete safe driving course for dismissal of charge. 
  • 1st Offense DUI (Beaver): Client with extensive criminal record facing max sentence of up to 6 months in jail and mandatory minimum sentence of 72 hours in jail. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to serve 72 hours on house arrest and probation.

JULY 2017

  • Endangering Welfare of Child (Allegheny): Client facing max of up to 1 year in jail. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete drug and alcohol evaluation and complete parenting course for reduction of charge to a summary disorderly conduct. 
  • Tampering with Physical Evidence and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client facing max of up to 3 years in jail for allegedly throwing drug paraphernalia out car window. Result: Negotiated plea to two summary disorderly conduct charges for fines/costs only. 
  • Public Urination (Allegheny): Publicly searchable record and fines of up to $450. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete community service for withdrawal
  • 2 cases - 1st and 2nd Offense DUI (Bedford): Client facing up to 33 days worth of mandatory sentences and max of up to 2.5 years. Result: Negotiated agreement where both cases are to be treated as first offenses for sentencing purposes. Guilty plea to lowest tier, General Impairment DUI charges at both cases for a total of 1 year of probation, no jail time or house arrest. 
  • Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement, Resisting Arrest and DUI (Allegheny): Client facing 90 day mandatory minimum, in max sentence excess of 20 years of jail time. Result: Negotiated withdrawal of Aggravated Assault charges at preliminary hearing. Resisting Arrest and DUI charges to be addressed at Court of Common Pleas.
  • Retail Theft and False ID to Law Enforcement (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 6 years in jail. Result: Negotiated reduction to summary retail theft and disorderly conduct with credit for time served.
  • Reckless Driving and Driving at Safe Speed (Butler): Client facing 6-month mandatory license suspension and 2 points on driving record. Result: Negotiated reduction to Traffic Control Devices violation for 0 points and no license suspension. 
  • Aggravated Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Resisting Arrest (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 24 years in jail, loss of employment for permanent felony record. Result: On trial date, negotiated plea to Recklessly Endangering Another Person for 9 months probation. 
  • Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Theft, Receiving Stolen Property and Conspiracy (Beaver): Client facing max sentence of over 10 years in jail and permanent felony record. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to plead guilty to misdemeanor defiant trespass and theft charges for probation. 
  • Possession of Controlled Substance (Allegheny): Client found in possession of crack-cocaine facing permanent criminal record and 6-month license suspension. Result: Negotiated agreement where misdemeanor possession reduced to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only.
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing 90 day license suspension and criminal record. esult: Negotiated agreement to complete community service for a dismissal of charge. 
  • Disorderly Conduct and Harassment (Allegheny): Client in road rage incident facing criminal record and max fines of up to $900. Result: Negotiated agreement where both sides declined to prosecute against one another, charges dismissed. 
  • 2nd DUI - Highest Tier (Fayette): Client facing 90 day mandatory and max of up to 5 years in jail. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to serve 90 days on house arrest with work release, followed by 2 years of probation. 
  • Retail Theft (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 5 years in jail and permanent criminal record. esult: Negotiated agreement for client to pay restitution within 60 days for reduction to a summary retail theft offense for fines/costs only.
  • Possession of Marijuana (Beaver): Client facing 6 month license suspension and permanent criminal record. Result: Negotiated reduction to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. 
  • Speeding 26mph over (Allegheny): Client facing 5 points on driving record. esult: Negotiated reduction to 5mph over, carrying 0 points. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing 90 day license suspension and criminal record. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete community service for withdrawal. 
  • Underage Drinking and Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny): Client facing 90 day license suspension, over $900 in fines/costs and criminal record. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete community service for withdrawal. 
  • Underage Drinking (Washington): Facing 90 day license suspension and criminal record. esult: Negotiated reduction to local ordinance violation carrying no suspension or criminal record implications. 
  • Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Resisting Arrest (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of over 10 years, permanent felony record. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete drug and alcohol assessment for reduction to two counts of summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only, no jail or probation and eligible to pursue expungement of felony and misdemeanors. 
  • Disorderly Conduct and Public Drunkenness (Allegheny): Client facing criminal record and fines/costs of up to $900. Result: Case dismissed. 
  • 2nd Offense DUI (Allegheny): Client facing 90 day mandatory jail sentence and max of up to 5 years. esult: Argued at sentencing and client received house arrest with credit for time spent in rehab.
  • Speeding 20mph over (Allegheny): Carries 4 points. esult: Negotiated reduction to 5mph over and 0 points
  • DUI and Prohibited Offensive Weapon (Washington): Client facing 72-hour mandatory jail sentence, up to 5.5 years of probation and a 12 month license suspension. esult: Negotiated tentative offer for admission into ARD program on DUI General Impairment offense, carrying no license suspension. 
  • Two counts of Driving on Suspended License DUI Related - Summary Appeal in Allegheny Co: Client facing mandatory jail time of 60 days at each case and max fines of up to $1,000. Result: Negotiated agreement where one case dismissed and client received 60 days house arrest on 2nd case. 

JUNE 2017

  • 2nd Offense DUI Highest Tier (Armstrong): Client facing mandatory 90-day jail sentence and max of up to 5 years in jail. Result: Blood draw results dismissed due to warrantless blood draw. Guilty plea to lowest tier offense for 5 days house arrest and probation only. 
  • Driving on a Suspended License DUI Related (Westmoreland): Mandatory minimum 60-day jail sentence. esult: Negotiated plea to driving on suspended license non dui related, avoiding jail time.
  • Reckless Driving (Allegheny): 6-month mandatory license suspension. esult: Case dismissed. 
  • False ID to Law Enforcement and Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing max of up to 15 months in jail and a 90 day mandatory license suspension. Result: Client to complete underage drinking course for reduction of all charges to one count of summary disorderly conduct, avoiding license suspension. 
  • Driving on a Suspended License DUI Related (Allegheny): Mandatory minimum 60-day jail sentence. esult: Negotiated plea to driving on suspended license non dui related, avoiding jail time. 
  • Carrying Firearm Without License (F3) and Driving on Suspended License DUI Related (Allegheny): Client on parole detainer facing max of up to 7 years and 3 months in jail, mandatory minimum jail sentence of 60 days. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to plead guilty to suspended license violation only for 60 days house arrest with credit for time served. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client found guilty at MDJ level and retained firm thereafter to file summary appeal. Result: Case dismissed. 
  • Aggravated Assault on Police Officer (F2), Simple Assault and Resisting Arrest (Allegheny): Client with no record facing max of up to 12 years in jail. Result: Negotiated plea to summary disorderly conduct, all other charges dropped. 
  • DUI Drugs (Westmoreland): Client with prior arrest record facing 12-month suspension and mandatory minimum of 48 hours in jail, 6 month max. Result: Negotiated entry into ARD program, reducing suspension to 60 days with no jail time. 
  • Middle Tier DUI (Greene): Client facing 12 month license suspension and mandatory sentence of up to 48 hours in jail. Result: Despite prior arrest record, negotiated entry into ARD program on lowest tier offense, eliminating jail time and license suspension. 
  • 3 Cases - DUI: Multiple clients charged with DUI of varying severity. Result: negotiated entry into ARD program for all three clients. 
  • Strangulation (F2) and Simple Assault (Allegheny): Client in domestic incident facing max of up to 12 years in jail. esult: Case dismissed. 
  • Speeding 30mph over, Reckless Driving, Safe Speed (Allegheny): Client facing 7 points, mandatory 6-month license suspension, and penalties for exceeding 6 points in PA. Result: Case dismissed. 
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person (Allegheny): Client w/ clean record facing max sentence of up to 2 years in jail for accidental firearm discharge. Result: Negotiated plea to summary DC after client completed inpatient rehabilitation and surrendered carry permit to Sheriff's office. 
  • F2 Aggravated Assault While DUI, DUI High Tier, Traffic Offenses (Beaver): Client facing max sentence of up to 10 years in jail, mandatory minimum 2 day jail sentence, and 24 month license suspension. Result: Negotiated plea to misdemeanor Recklessly Endangering Another Person and DUI for 5 days of house arrest and 2 years probation, felony Agg Assault dropped. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client found guilty at MDJ level and retained firm thereafter to file summary appeal. Result: Case dismissed. 
  • Simple Assault (Armstrong): Client facing criminal record and max sentence of up to 2 years in jail. Result: Case withdrawn by consent of victim. 
  • DUI - Highest Tier (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory 90-day jail sentence and max of up to 5 years in jail. Result: Blood drawn without warrant so highest tier charge dismissed. Guilty plea to middle tier DUI with accident for 30 days of house arrest and probation. No jail time. 
  • Simple Assault (Allegheny): Client facing criminal record and 2 year max jail sentence. Result: Case dismissed at MDJ level. 
  • Reckless Driving (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory 6-month license suspension. Result: Plea to traffic control devices carrying no suspension or points. 
  • Public Urination (Allegheny): Client facing max fines of up to $300 and costs along with publicly searchable record. Result: Case dismissed. 

MAY 2017

  • Careless Driving and Speeding 51mph over (Westmoreland): Client facing total of 8 points on driving record, mandatory 30 days worth of license suspensions, PennDOT hearing and written points exam. Result: Negotiated plea to 15mph over and traffic control devices, reducing points from 8 to 3 and eliminating suspension and other requirements. 
  • Reckless Driving (Allegheny): Client plead guilty without realizing offense carried 6 month suspension. esult: Negotiated 6-month delay of suspension with PennDOT while appeal pending. Client found not guilty of reckless driving at summary appeal, eliminating suspension altogether. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client found guilty at MDJ level and retained firm thereafter to file summary appeal. Result: Case dismissed. 
  • Resisting Arrest, M3 Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny): Client facing criminal record and max of up to 3 years in jail. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete 20 hrs of community service for plea to summary disorderly conduct, misdemeanors to be withdrawn. 
  • Speeding 25mph over (Allegheny): Client facing 5 points. Result: negotiated plea to 5mph over, no points. 
  • Theft and Receiving Stolen Property (Washington): Client facing violation of ARD probation, permanent criminal record, and max sentence of up to 4 years in jail. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to pay restitution, have a drug and alcohol assessment, and refrain from criminal activity through the end of 2017. If complete, charge will be reduced to a summary disorderly conduct. If not, client will be prosecuted on misdemeanors. 
  • Accident with Unattended Vehicle (Allegheny): Client facing 4 points on driving record. esult: Not guilty.
  • 3rd Offense Highest Tier DUI and Driving on Suspended License DUI Related (Allegheny): Client facing 1-2 year mandatory minimum jail sentence, 90 day mandatory on suspended license charge, and max sentence of up to 5 years and 3 months in jail. esult: Negotiated entry into DUI court for house arrest with treatment, no jail time. 
  • Driving on Suspended License (Washington): Client close to regaining driving privileges facing additional 1 year suspension. Result: negotiated plea to driving without license, eliminating suspension. 
  • Driving on Suspended License DUI Related (Allegheny): Facing 60-day mandatory jail sentence and 1 year suspension. Result: Negotiated plea to Driving Without a License, eliminating jail time and suspension. 
  • Driving on Suspended License (Butler): Client close to regaining driving privileges facing additional 1 year suspension. Result: negotiated plea to driving without license, eliminating suspension. 
  • Criminal Trespass (Allegheny): Felony record, max of up to 7 years in prison. esult: Completed Drug and Alcohol evaluation and mental health treatment, charge reduced to summary defiant trespass. 
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client on probation facing incarceration for violation and max of up to 1 year in prison. Result: Plea to summary disorderly conduct negotiated, no probation violation. 
  • Public Drunkenness and Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing criminal record and max fines/costs of up to $900. esult: Charges dismissed. 
  • Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 11 years in prison and permanent felony record. esult: Negotiated agreement for client to pay restitution and avoid criminal contact for 90 days in return for reduction to summary criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. 
  • Four Expungement Petitions (Allegheny): Client with four separate criminal cases seeking to expunge felony and misdemeanor charges from record. esult: All petitions granted and felony/misdemeanors expunged from record. 
  • Petition for Order of Limited Access (Allegheny): Client sought to seal DUI conviction under new record sealing law. esult: Petition granted and record sealed.

APRIL 2017

  • Overtaking School Bus (Westmoreland): Client convicted by magistrate when unrepresented. ZLF retained to file a summary appeal to help eliminate the 5 points and 60-day license suspension that accrued as a result of the conviction. Result: Negotiated agreement at summary appeals court where the charge amended to a Careless Driving offense, eliminating the 60-day suspension and reducing the points from 5 to 3. 
  • Speeding (31+ mph over) (Allegheny): Client facing 5 points on driving record, a 15-day license suspension, PennDOT departmental hearing and requirement to take written points based examination if convicted. Result: Negotiated reduction to 5mph over, carrying no points, suspension, or other requirements. 
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Discharge of Firearm Local Ordinance (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 27 months in jail and permanent criminal record if convicted. Result: Charges dismissed by magistrate. 
  • Simple Assault (M2) and Harassment (Allegheny): Client facing max of up to 27 months in jail. Result: DA's office would not agree to charge reduction at preliminary hearing. Prepared for non-jury trial and on day of trial, plea offer extended for guilty plea to three summary offenses only for probation. Misdemeanor simple assault charge was withdrawn. 
  • Underage Drinking (2 cases) and Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny): Client facing max of up to 9 months in jail, a 15-month driver's license suspension and a criminal record that cannot be expunged for a minimum of 5 years. esult: Negotiated agreement for client to complete community service in return for one conviction for underage drinking. Reduced total suspension from 15 to 3 months, client eligible to pursue expungement of underage drinking charge at end of year. 
  • Driving on a Suspended License DUI Related (Allegheny): Client facing 60-day mandatory jail sentence, max of up to 90 days in jail, and additional 12-month license suspension. Result: Negotiated agreement where a second traffic charge was added, client plead guilty to two traffic offenses carrying no points, jail time or license suspensions. 
  • Drug DUI and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Armstrong): Client facing mandatory 72-hour jail sentence, max sentence of up to 18 months in jail, and a 18-month license suspension. Result: Preliminary hearing held where Possession of a Controlled Substance charge was dismissed after oral argument, saving client from 6-month suspension and up to 1 year in jail. DUI charges held for court. 
  • Underage Drinking (Washington): Repeat offender facing 1-year license suspension and max sentence of up to 90 days in jail. Result: Negotiated plea to summary disorderly conduct to avoid 1-year suspension. 
  • Criminal Mischief (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing max sentence of up to 90 days in jail and criminal record that cannot be expunged for minimum period of 5 years. Result: Charges dismissed. 
  • Simple Assault and Harassment (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing max sentence of up to 2 years in jail and permanent record. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete anger management course for a full withdrawal of charges. 
  • Public Drunkenness and Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing max sentence of up to 180 days in jail and criminal record that cannot be expunged for minimum period of 5 years. Result
  • Public Drunkenness (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing max sentence of up to 90 days in jail and criminal record that cannot be expunged for minimum period of 5 years. Result: Charges dismissed. 
  • Overtaking School Bus (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory 60-day license suspension and 5 points on driving record. Result: Negotiated reduction to offense carrying no suspension or points. 
  • Juvenile Delinquency Petition - Possession of Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Juvenile client facing 6-month license suspension and juvenile criminal record. Result: Negotiated consent decree agreement for client to complete probation successfully with charges to be dismissed at later date. 
  • Burglary (F1), Criminal Trespass (F2), Theft (M1)(Indiana): Client facing max sentence in excess of 8 years in jail. Result: Negotiated agreement for withdrawal of Burglary offense and amendment of Criminal Trespass to an F3 charge. Further negotiations pending. 
  • Public Drunkenness and Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 180 days in jail and criminal conviction that cannot be expunged for minimum period of 5 years. Result: Charge withdrawn. 
  • Criminal Mischief (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 90 days in jail and criminal conviction that cannot be expunged for minimum period of 5 years. Result: Charge withdrawn. 
  • Reckless Driving, Speeding 31+ mph over (Allegheny): Junior driver facing 5 points and 6 month license suspension upon conviction. esult: Negotiated plea to violation carrying no points or license suspension. 
  • Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 13 months in jail, a 6-month license suspension and permanent record. esult: Negotiated plea to summary disorderly conduct for fines and court costs only, misdemeanors withdrawn. 
  • Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 13 months in jail, a 6-month license suspension and permanent record. esult: Negotiated plea to summary disorderly conduct for fines and court costs only, misdemeanors withdrawn. 
  • Retail Theft (S) (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing up to 90 days in jail and theft conviction on record. esult: Negotiated agreement for client to complete retail theft education course for withdrawal of charges. 
  • Bad Checks (F3) - 10 Counts (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing max of up to 70 years in jail and permanent record. Result: Negotiated agreement to pay restitution for plea to summary Bad Checks offenses instead of felonies. 
  • Driving on Suspended License, DUI Related (Allegheny): Repeat offender facing 60-day mandatory jail sentence and 12-month suspension. Result: Attorney Jackson negotiated reduction to Driving Without License
  • Motion to Terminate House Arrest (Allegheny): Client facing a total of 18 months of house arrest seeking to shorten sentence. Result: Motion to terminate house arrest granted, reducing total house arrest sentence to 10 months. 
  • Probation Violation - Theft (Allegheny): Client accrued 3 separate convictions while on probation for theft. Result: Probation extended without additional jail time for violations. 

MARCH 2017

  • Criminal Mischief (2 counts - M3) and Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny): Client failed to appear at preliminary hearing and had warrant with Court of Common Pleas. Facing max sentence of up to 27 months of jail/probation. Result: Bail reinstituted for client. Attorney Jackson negotiated Rule 586 settlement, where charges withdrawn after payment of approx. $300 restitution. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny) Client facing 90-day license suspension and criminal record. Result: Agreement negotiated for client to complete community service for withdrawal. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny) Client facing 90-day license suspension and criminal record. Result: Agreement negotiated for client to complete community service for withdrawal. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny) Client facing 90-day license suspension and criminal record. Result: Agreement negotiated for client to complete community service for withdrawal. 
  • Racing on Highways and Careless Driving (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory 6-month license suspension and 3 points on driving record. Result: Charges dismissed for insufficient evidence. 
  • Unlawful Sale & Transfer of Firearm (F3) and Unsworn Falsification to Authorities (M3) (Washington): Client with prior criminal record facing max sentence of up to 8 years of jail and permanent felony record. Result: Negotiated tentative plea agreement for client to plead guilty to M3 Unsworn Falsification only for 1 year of probation. Felony charge withdrawn. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny) Client facing 90-day license suspension and criminal record. esult: Charges withdrawn per agreement where client completed community service. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing 90-day license suspension and criminal record. esult: Charges withdrawn per agreement to complete underage drinking course. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing a 90-day license suspension and criminal record, including loss of employment. esult: Charges withdrawn per agreement to complete underage drinking course. 
  • Forgery (F3), Conspiracy (F3), Access Device Fraud (F3), and Theft (M1)(Allegheny): Client facing max of up to 26 years of probation/jail and a permanent felony record. esult: Negotiated agreement for client to pay restitution for a guilty plea to summary disorderly conduct. All felonies and misdemeanors withdrawn. 
  • Criminal Mischief (M3)(Allegheny): Client with clean record facing max sentence of up to 1 year of probation/jail and permanent criminal record. Result: After hearing, court agreed to accept payment of restitution for a dismissal of charge.
  • Retail Theft (M1) (Butler): Client with clean record facing permanent misdemeanor record and max sentence of up to 5 years of probation/jail. Result: Plea to summary retail theft and summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. Eligible to expunge misdemeanors from record. 
  • Overtaking School Bus (Allegheny): Client facing 5 points and 60-day license suspension upon conviction. Result: Negotiated plea to alternative charge carrying no points or suspension. 
  • Overtaking School Bus (Allegheny): Client facing 5 points and 60-day license suspension upon conviction. Result: Negotiated plea to alternative charge carrying no points or suspension. 
  • Aggravated Assault While DUI (F2) & DUI - Highest Tier (Beaver): Client facing max sentence of up to 7.5 years in jail, a 72 hour mandatory minimum jail sentence. Result: Negotiated tentative plea agreement for the F2 Aggravated Assault charge to be withdrawn in return for guilty plea to misdemeanor Recklessly Endangering Another Person and DUI for 1-week of house arrest and probation. 
  • Possession of Controlled Substance & Driving on a Suspended License DUI Related (Allegheny): Client facing up to 15 months of probation/jail, a mandatory minimum 60-day jail sentence, and 18 month license suspension. Result: Negotiated plea to summary disorderly conduct and suspended license violation for 60 days of house arrest and costs/fines. 
  • Possession of Fake ID (Allegheny): Client facing 90-day license suspension and criminal record. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete community service for a withdrawal. 
  • Overtaking School Bus (Allegheny): Client facing 5 points and 60-day license suspension upon conviction. Result: Negotiated plea to alternative charge carrying no points or suspension. 
  • Possession of Instrument of Crime (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing permanent criminal record and max of up to 5 years of probation/jail. Result: Case dismissed after preliminary hearing held. 
  • Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia (Washington): Client with clean record facing max sentence of up to 13 months in jail and 6-month license suspension. Result: Negotiated plea to summary disorderly conduct
  • Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia (Mercer): Client facing 12-month license suspension and max sentence of up to 13 months in jail. Result: Plea to 3rd-Degree Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct for fines/costs only, no license suspension, probation or jail time. 
  • Possession of Fake ID (Crawford): Client facing 90 day license suspension and criminal record for possessing a fake id. esult: Negotiated agreement for client to complete community
  • Unlawful Sale & Transfer of Firearm and Unsworn Falsification (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 8 years in jail and permanent felony record for answering questions incorrectly on firearm purchase application. Result: Preliminary hearing held where all charges were dismissed. 
  • Theft of Motor Vehicle (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 7 years in jail. Result: Case dismissed for witness failure to appear. 
  • 1st DUI - Middle Tier (Washington): Client not ARD eligible facing 12-month suspension and mandatory 48 hour jail sentence. Result: Negotiated plea agreement to DUI General Impairment charge, which eliminated license suspension. House arrest instead of jail time. 
  • Speeding - 33mph over (Allegheny): Client facing 5 points, 15 day license suspension and penndot departmental hearing if convicted. Result: Negotiated reduction to 14mph over, eliminating suspension and penndot hearing, and reducing points from 5 to 2

FEBRUARY 2017

  • Robbery (F2), Retail Theft (M1), Simple Assault (M2) (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 15 years in jail and permanent convicted felon status. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete anger management course for withdrawal of all felony/misdemeanor charges and guilty plea to summary retail theft offense for fines/costs only. 
  • Aggravated Assault on Police Officer (F3), Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny): Graduate student facing max sentence of up to 10 years in jail and permanent felony record upon conviction. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete Drug & Alcohol evaluation and complete Anger Management course for a reduction to two summary harassment counts for fines/costs only. Would become eligible to expunge felony and misdemeanor offenses. 
  • Possession of Marijuana & Paraphernalia (Allegheny): College student facing max of up to 13 months of jail/probation, 6 month license suspension and permanent record. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete 20 hours of community service for a full withdrawal of all charges. 
  • Speeding 47 over, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Safe Speed (Westmoreland): Client with numerous prior traffic offenses facing 10 points, a mandatory 7 months worth of license suspensions, a points based examination, and PennDOT departmental hearing upon conviction. Result: Negotiated agreement where hearing is postponed until the end of the year, if client maintains clean driving record, then charges reduced to a 15 over offense only. If complete, agreement will spare client from PennDOT hearing and exam, 7 month suspension and 7 points on driving record. 
  • Hindering Apprehension (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing max sentence of up to 2 years in jail and a permanent record. Result: Negotiated reduction to summary disorderly conduct for fine/costs only. 
  • Juvenile Expungement Petitions (Allegheny): High school junior seeking to expunge 4 cases accrued as an early teenager. Result: Expungement petitions granted after hearing in juvenile court. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): College student facing $300 fine, 90-day license suspension and criminal record upon conviction. esult: Case dismissed when officer failed to appear. 
  • Public Drunkenness (Allegheny): College student with clean record facing $300 fine and criminal record for minimum period of 5 years. Result: Case dismissed when officer failed to appear. 
  • Driving on a Suspended License DUI Related (Butler): Repeat offender facing 60-day mandatory jail sentence, 90 day max and $500 fine. Result: Attorney Anthony Jackson negotiated reduction to Driving on a Suspended License, non-DUI related for $200 fine, no jail time. 
  • Red Light Violation and Careless Driving (Westmoreland): Client facing 6 points on driving record, mandatory 15 day suspension and written points examination. Result: Negotiated plea to traffic control devices violation, carrying no points, suspension or exam requirement. 
  • Speeding 15mph over (Crawford): Client with clean driving history facing 3 points on license upon conviction. Result: Attorney Anthony Jackson negotiated reduction to 5mph over offense, carrying no points. 
  • DUI Accident - 2nd Offense (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory minimum 30-day jail sentence and max sentence of up to 6 months in jail. esult: Negotiated plea for 30 days house arrest with permission for work release and 6 months of probation. 
  • Defiant Trespass (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing permanent misdemeanor record and max sentence of up to 1 year in jail. esult: Negotiated plea to summary trespass offense for court costs only. 
  • Simple Assault and Harassment (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing max sentence of up to 27 months in jail and a permanent criminal record. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete an anger management course in return for a reduction to a summary harassment for fines/costs only. 
  • 4th Offense DUI for Drugs, Ignition Interlock Violation (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory minimum state prison sentence of 1-2 years in jail with no eligibility for house arrest, maximum sentence of up to 7 years in jail for 4th offense committed within 10 years. esult: Proceeded to preliminary hearing where charges dismissed, as only evidence of intoxication stemmed from inadmissible urine screen. 
  • Unlawful Sale or Transfer of Firearm and Unsworn Falsification to Authorities (Allegheny): Client facing maximum sentence of up to 9 years in jail based upon mistake made on firearm purchase application. esult: Proceeded to preliminary hearing where charges were dismissed by magistrate. 
  • DUI - 1st Offense Highest Tier, Endangering Welfare of Child, Resisting Arrest, Possession of a Controlled Substance and M3 Disorderly Conduct (Westmoreland): Client facing permanent record and max sentence of up to 9.5 years in jail, mandatory minimum jail sentence of 72 hours in jail, and an 18-month license suspension. Result: Negotiated dismissal of EWOC and drug charges, entry into the ARD program on remaining offenses where charges to be dismissed upon completion. 
  • Possession of Fake ID (Allegheny): Two clients charged with using fake ID to gain entry to Rivers Casino. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete community service for full withdrawal.  

JANUARY 2017

  • Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia (Butler): Client facing max sentence of up to 13 months in jail, a permanent criminal record, and 6 month license suspension. Result: Negotiated entry into ARD program, where charges will be dismissed upon successful completion. No license suspension. 
  • Unlawful Use of Computer (F3), Conspiracy (F3), Theft (M1) and Access Device Fraud (M3 - 11 counts) (Allegheny): Client with prior felony record facing maximums sentence of up to 30 years in jail, standard range guideline sentence with minimum ranging from 9-24 months if convicted of felonies. Result: Negotiated plea where felony charges withdrawn, guilty plea to misdemeanor charges for 2 years of probation. 
  • DUI Highest Tier - 2nd Offense (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory minimum 90-day jail sentence, max sentence of up to 5 years in jail upon conviction. esult: Negotiated plea for 90 days of house arrest with permission for work release and 1 year of probation. 
  • Underage Drinking (Washington): Client facing 90-day license suspension and record that cannot be expunged until client turns 21 upon conviction. esult: Negotiated agreement for full withdrawal upon completion of underage drinking prevention course. 
  • Fleeing and Eluding Police and Recklessly Endangering Another Person (Allegheny): Client facing permanent criminal record, 12-month license suspension, loss of employment upon conviction, and max sentence of up to 2 years in jail. Result: Negotiated entry into the ARD program, eliminating license suspension. Charges to be dismissed upon successful completion of program. 
  • Summary Retail Theft - co-Defendants (Allegheny): Firm represented two co-defendants on summary retail theft charges, each facing a criminal record for minimum period of 5 years. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete retail theft prevention course for withdrawal of charges. 
  • DUI Refusal and General Impairment (Cambria): Client facing criminal record, mandatory minimum jail sentence of up to 72 hours in jail, a 12-month license suspension and max of up to 6 months in jail. Result: Negotiated entry into the ARD program on a general impairment offense, eliminating license suspension. Charges to be dismissed upon successful completion of program. 
  • Reckless Driving (Allegheny): Client involved in auto accident facing 6-month license suspension and $200 fine upon conviction. Result: Negotiated reduction to Careless Driving, carrying 3 points, no suspension and a reduced fine. 
  • Disorderly Conduct, Public Drunkenness and Harassment (Allegheny): College student facing 3 summary offenses in connection with a physical altercation, facing max sentence of up to 9 months in jail and over $900 in fines. Result: Found not guilty of disorderly conduct and harassment offenses, client to complete community service for dismissal of the Public Drunkenness charge. 
  • Access Device Fraud, Forgery, Theft by Unlawful Taking (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of over 14 years and permanent criminal record in connection with scheme to use stolen credit card information. Result: Negotiated entry into the ARD program on a 2 year probationary period, where the charges will be dismissed upon successful completion of program. 
  • Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault by Physical Menace, Possession of Instrument of Crime and M3 Disorderly Conduct (Butler): Client with clean record facing max sentence of up to 13 years in jail and a permanent criminal record. Result: Negotiated entry into the ARD program on a 2 year probationary period, where charges will be dismissed upon successful completion of program.
  • Driving on Suspended License DUI Related (Allegheny): Client facing 60-day mandatory jail sentence, 12 month license suspension and $500 fine. Result: Attorney Jackson negotiated reduction to Driving Without License, carrying no suspension or jail time. 
  • Unlawful Activities (Allegheny): CDL holder facing adverse employment consequences if convicted of offense. Result: Charges dismissed by magistrate. 
  • Overtaking School Bus (Westmoreland): Client appealed conviction at magistrate for overtaking a school bus, facing a 60-day license suspension and 5 points if conviction upheld. Result: Negotiated reduction to traffic control devices violation, carrying no points or suspension. 
  • M1 Retail Theft (Butler): Client facing permanent criminal record and max sentence of up to 5 years in jail. Result: Negotiated reduction to summary retail theft charge for fines/costs, allowing misdemeanor charge to be expunged from record. 
  • Simple Assault and Harassment (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 27 months in jail and permanent misdemeanor record. esult: Negotiated agreement to complete anger management course for reduction to summary harassment charge for fines/costs only. 
  • Prostitution and Possession of Instrument of Crime (Allegheny): Client on visa facing deportation and max sentence of up to 6 years in prison or probation. Result: Negotiated reduction to summary disorderly conduct, sparing client from deportation. 
  • Possession of Controlled Substance & Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing permanent record, max sentence of up to 2 years in jail, and 6-month license suspension. esult: After completing rehab, charges reduced to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. 
  • 3rd Offense Highest Tier DUI (Greene): Client with high prior record score facing 1-2 year mandatory minimum jail sentence, max sentence of up to 5 years in jail, and standard range, minimum guideline sentence ranging between 6 to 12 months. Result: Negotiated plea to Lowest tier offense for 90 days incarceration with permission for work release, followed by 90 days of house arrest and 18 months of probation. 
  • Retail Theft (Butler): College student facing criminal record and max sentence of up to 90 days in jail. Result: Attorney Jackson proceeded to summary trial, convincing Magisterial District Judge to allow client to complete first time retail theft prevention course for dismissal of citation. 
  • Possession of Controlled Substance & Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client facing criminal record, 6-month license suspension, max sentence of up to 2 years in jail and a loss of employment in connection with alleged heroin possession. esult: Negotiated plea to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. 
  • DUI Highest Tier (Allegheny): Client with 3rd lifetime offense and 1st for sentencing purposes facing mandatory minimum 72 hour jail sentence. esult: Negotiated plea for the DUI Alternative To Jail Program, eliminating need to serve jail time on case. 
  • Simple Assault - 2 counts and Resisting Arrest (Allegheny): Client facing criminal record, max sentence of up to 6 years of jail or probation. esult: Negotiated plea to summary disorderly conduct at magistrate level for fines/costs only. 
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Animal Cruelty (Lawrence): Client facing criminal record, max sentence of up to 15 months in jail. esult: Negotiated entry into ARD program on paraphernalia charge, with animal cruelty offenses to be dismissed.
  • Driving on DUI Suspended License (Allegheny): Client who is close to regaining driving privileges facing mandatory 60-day jail sentence, $500 fine and additional license suspension of 12 months. Result: Attorney Jackson negotiated plea to Failure to Exhibit License Upon Demand, carrying no jail time, $25 fine and no suspension. 
  • Harassment - 2 cases (Westmoreland): Husband and wife charged with summary harassment facing criminal record and max sentence of up to 90 days in jail. esult: Case dismissed per agreement with Court to complete marital counseling. 
  • Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Paraphernalia - Allegheny: Repeat offender who confessed to committing offenses facing max sentence of up to 4 years in jail, mandatory 1 year license suspension for 2nd offense. esult: Negotiated guilty plea to Drug Paraphernalia only for 6 months of non-reporting probation and no license suspension. 
  • DUI - 3rd Offense Highest Tier (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory minimum jail sentence of 1-2 years in jail and max jail/probation sentence of up to 5 years. esult: Due to Birchfield violation, negotiated plea to Lowest Tier DUI for 10-day mandatory minimum jail sentence to be served on house arrest, with 6 months probation. 
  • DUI - 3rd Offense, Accident With Attended Vehicle and Driving On Suspended License DUI Related (Armstrong): Client initially facing cumulative 14-28 month mandatory minimum jail sentence, maximum sentence of up to 75 months. Result: Negotiated open plea to lowest tier DUI offense and Driving on Suspended License. Filed sentencing memorandum detailing client's positive progress since arrest, and received 70 days of house arrest with probation. No jail time. 

All case results and negotiations are based upon the unique aspects of each case, including but not limited to, the facts and charges, the discretion of the police officer and prosecuting attorney, the discretion and participation of the alleged victims and witnesses, and the individual's prior criminal or driving history. The Zuckerman Law Firm, LLC and Attorney Zuckerman make no promises or representations about the outcome of your criminal or traffic case, and viewers must never assume that their cases can be resolved in a similar manner.