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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. 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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FEBRUARY 2018

  • Criminal Mischief (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing max sentence of up to 2 years in jail and permanent criminal record. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to pay restitution for full withdrawal. 
  • Simple Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Multiple Summary Offenses (Allegheny): Student facing permanent criminal record with max sentence of up to 4 years in jail. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to avoid negative police contact for 90 days, complete drug/alcohol assessment and anger management classes for full withdrawal of all charges. 
  • Public Drunkenness (Allegheny): Graduate student facing up to $450 in fines/costs and conviction on publicly searchable docket. Result: Case dismissed. 
  • Unlawful Sale/Transfer of Firearm and Unsworn Falsification (Allegheny): Client with prior criminal record facing max of up to 8 years in jail. esult: negotiated plea to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. 
  • Careless Driving (Allegheny): Client facing 3 points on driving record. esult: Negotiated plea to offense carrying no points. 
  • Stalking, Harassment and DUI (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 6.5 years in jail. esult: Negotiated withdrawal of stalking charge at preliminary hearing, final results pending. 
  • Stalking and Harassment (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 6 years in jail. esult: Case dismissed after exculpatory evidence found. 
  • Speeding 19mph over (Allegheny): Client facing 4 points. Result: Negotiated reduction to 5mph over, no points. 
  • Aggravated Assault, Resisting Arrest, DUI (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 17 years in jail, permanent felony record and likely loss of employment. esult: Negotiated withdrawal of Aggravated Assault and Resisting Arrest charges with plea to DUI for 90 days of house arrest and 18 months probation. 
  • Overtaking School Bus (Allegheny): Client facing 60-day mandatory license suspension and 5 points on driving record. Result: Negotiated reduction to amber signal violation, eliminating suspension and points. 
  • Driving on a DUI Suspended License (Allegheny): Facing 60-day mandatory jail sentence, 12-month additional suspension and $500 fine. Result: Negotiated plea to traffic control devices, eliminating 60-day jail sentence and 12-month suspension, reducing fine from $500 to $200. 
  • Driving on a DUI Suspended License (Allegheny): Facing 60-day mandatory jail sentence, 12-month additional suspension and $500 fine. Result: Charges withdrawn after client appeared in court with driver's license
  • Driving on a DUI Suspended License (Allegheny): Facing 60-day mandatory jail sentence, 12-month additional suspension and $500 fine. Result: Negotiated plea to traffic control devices, eliminating 60-day jail sentence and 12-month suspension, reducing fine from $500 to $150. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Out-of-state college student facing 90 day license suspension, $500 fine and publicly searchable conviction. Result: Waived client's appearance in court. Case dismissed at summary appeals court after completion of underage drinking education program.
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): College student facing 90 day license suspension, $500 fine and publicly searchable conviction. Result: Case dismissed at summary appeals court after completion of underage drinking education program.
  • Speeding 19 over in School Zone (Westmoreland): Client facing 4 points and 15-day suspension for exceeding 15mph in a school zone. Result: Negotiated reduction to 5mph over. 
  • Theft of Services (Allegheny): Client with no criminal record facing max sentence of up to 2 years. Result: Negotiated Rule 586 settlement where restitution paid in return for full withdrawal. 
  • DUI - Middle Tier, 2nd Offense (Butler): Client facing 30 day mandatory jail sentence with max sentence of up to 6 months. esult: Negotiated plea to 45 days of house arrest and probation. 
  • DUI - Highest Tier, First Offense (Butler): Client facing 72 hour mandatory minimum, 6 month max, and a 12-month license suspension if convicted. With ARD, client facing 30-day license suspension, which due to commuting requirements, would cause client to lose job. Result: Negotiated admission into ARD on a DUI General Impairment charge, a lowest-tier offense that carries no license suspension, helping client to maintain job. 
  • Lights to Avoid Apprehension, 2x Stop Sign Violations and 2x Turn Signal Violations (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory 6-month license suspension and 6 points added to driving record upon conviction: Result: Negotiated plea to 2 counts of traffic control devices, eliminating license suspension and points. 
  • Terroristic Threats and Simple Assault by Physical Menace (Lawrence): Client facing max sentence of up to 7 years in jail and permanent criminal record. esult: Negotiated entry into ARD program for a 12-month probationary period. Charges to be dismissed and expunged upon successful completion of program. 
  • Insurance Fraud (Allegheny): Working professional facing a permanent criminal record for crime of deception and max sentence of up to 5 years in jail. esult: Negotiated agreement for client to pay a $500 civil demand to court in return for full withdrawal of criminal prosecution. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): College student facing 90 day license suspension, $500 fine and publicly searchable conviction. Result: Agreement negotiated for client to complete 10 hrs of community service for full withdrawal. 
  • Speeding 33mph over (Allegheny): Client facing 5 points, PennDOT departmental hearing and likely 15-day license suspension for exceeding 31mph over. Result: Negotiated plea to 5mph over, eliminating points, PennDOT hearing requirement and suspension. 
  • Reckless Driving and Speeding 49 mph over in Work Zone (Allegheny): Client facing 6-month license suspension for Reckless Driving, along with 5 points and a total of 30-days worth of license suspensions for exceeding 15mph in a work zone and exceeding 31mph overall. Result: Negotiated reduction of Reckless Driving to Traffic Control Devices, eliminating 6-month suspension for this offense. Negotiated reduction of speeding from 49 over in a work zone to 25mph over in a non-work zone, eliminating 30 days worth of license suspensions. Client will have 5 points imposed on driving record for speeding infraction. 
  • 1st DUI - Highest Tier, Accident with Attended Vehicle (Westmoreland): Client facing total of 24 months worth of license suspensions along with 72 hour mandatory minimum jail sentence and max sentence of up to 18 months in jail. esult: Negotiated tentative plea offer for a withdrawal of the Accident w/ Attended Vehicle offense, eliminating 12 of 24 month suspension, with guilty plea to DUI for 1 week of house arrest and probation. Client will be able to apply for Ignition Interlock Limited License for the 12-month DUI license suspension. 
  • Driving on a DUI Suspended License (Allegheny): Repeat offender facing 60-day mandatory jail sentence, 12-month additional suspension and $500 fine. esult: Negotiated reduction to Driving on Non-DUI Suspended License offense, eliminating mandatory jail time. 
  • Reckless Driving (Allegheny): Client facing 6-month mandatory license suspension. esult: Summary trial was held in client's absence due to client's failure to show up to two consecutive court dates. Attorney Milardo successfully argued for a not-guilty verdict on the Reckless Driving offense, but client convicted of lesser offense of Careless Driving. 3 points imposed, but license suspension avoided. 
  • Public Drunkenness & Public Urination (Allegheny): Client with clean criminal history facing publicly searchable convictions along with up to $1000 in fines/court costs. Result: Negotiated agreement for dismissal of citations based upon completion of community service. 
  • Driving on a DUI Suspended License (Allegheny): Facing 60-day mandatory jail sentence, 12-month additional suspension and $500 fine. Result: Negotiated plea to Driving Without License, eliminating 60-day jail sentence and 12-month suspension, reducing fine from $500 to $200. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): College student represented himself and plead guilty to underage at magistrate level. Filed summary appeal and retained office for representation, looking to avoid 6-month suspension and criminal record. esult: Negotiated agreement to complete underage drinking education course for withdrawal of charges. 
  • DUI - Highest Tier, First Offense (Beaver): Client with multiple lifetime DUIs facing a first offense for sentencing purposes, facing a 72-hour mandatory minimum jail sentence and max sentence of up to 6 months in jail. Result: Negotiated plea agreement for 1 week of house arrest and probation. 

JANUARY 2018

  • Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 13 months in jail and 6 month license suspension. Result: Plea to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. 
  • Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 13 months in jail and 6 month license suspension. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to produce proof of clean drug screen for plea to summary disorderly conduct. 
  • Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Sexual Assault, 2x Aggravated Indecent Assault, 2x Indecent Assault, 2x Corruption of Minors and 3x of Furnishing Alcohol to Minors: Client facing maximum sentence in excess of 20 years, standard range guideline sentence of no less than 3 years of incarceration, lifetime Megan's Law/SORNA registration. Result: After preparing for jury trial, plea agreement negotiated for guilty plea to Indecent Assault and Corruption of Minors for probationary sentence and 15-year Megan's Law Registration. 
  • Resisting Arrest, Endangering Welfare of Child, 2x Simple Assault, Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client facing maximum sentence of up to 12 years and 3 months of incarceration, permanent misdemeanor record, and license suspension of 6 months. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete batterer's intervention program for plea to two counts of summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. 
  • Unlawful Sale & Transfer of Firearms (Butler): Client facing permanent felony record and up to 8 years of incarceration based upon claim of falsifying information on firearm purchase application. Result: Case dismissed based upon argument to DA/Judge that out of state conviction carried less than a 1 year maximum and was not a prohibiting offense. 
  • Unlawful Sale & Transfer of Firearms (Butler): Client facing permanent felony record and up to 8 years of incarceration based upon claim of falsifying information on firearm purchase application. Result: Case dismissed based upon argument to DA/Judge that out of state conviction did not prohibit firearm ownership in PA. 
  • Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny): Client facing publicly searchable conviction and up to $300 in fines. Result: Case dismissed. 
  • Simple Assault and Intimidation of Witness/Victim (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 4 years in jail and permanent criminal record. esult: Negotiated agreement for client to complete batterers intervention program in return for full withdrawal of charges. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): College student facing 90 day license suspension, $500 fine and publicly searchable conviction. esult: Case dismissed.
  • Possession of Instrument of Crime and Prostitution (Allegheny): Client with criminal record facing up to 6 years of incarceration. esult: Negotiated plea to M3 Prostitution for 1 year of non-reporting probation, court costs waived. 
  • Underage Drinking & Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny): College student facing 90 day license suspension, over $1000 in fines/costs, and publicly searchable convictions. esult: Negotiated agreement to complete 10 hours of community service for withdrawal of charges. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): College student facing 90 day license suspension, $500 fine and publicly searchable conviction. esult: Negotiated agreement to complete 10 hours of community service for withdrawal of charges. 
  • Driving on DUI Suspended License (Allegheny): Repeat offender facing 60-day mandatory jail sentence and 12-month suspension. Result: Negotiated plea to charge for 60-days of house arrest instead of jail time. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing 2nd underage offense convicted at magistrate, facing 12-month suspension. Result: Negotiated agreement for withdrawal based upon completion of underage drinking education course and community service. 
  • Driving on a DUI Suspended License, Speeding 16mph over and Expired Registration (Allegheny): Client missed court at magistrate office, retained firm for summary appeal. Faced 60-day mandatory jail sentence, additional 12-month license suspension along with 4 points. esult: Successfully delayed suspension with PennDOT prior to appeal hearing. Negotiated reduction to traffic control devices and 5mph over, eliminating 60-day jail sentence, 12-month suspension and 4 points. 
  • Simple Assault & Harassment (Allegheny): Husband and wife retained firm for joint representation, facing max sentence of up to 27 months in jail and permanent criminal record. Result: Case dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence as co-defendants plead 5th amendment right against self-incrimination. 
  • Careless Driving (Westmoreland): CDL driver facing 3 points and demerit on company driving record. esult: Case dismissed. 
  • Theft of Motor Vehicle, Fleeing & Eluding, Prohibited Offensive Weapon, Accident Involving Damage to Attended Vehicle, Driving Without a License and Reckless Driving (Allegheny): Client facing cumulative max sentence of up to 20 years in jail and standard range guideline sentence of county jail time. esult: Negotiated guilty plea to Theft/Fleeing offenses for a mitigated range sentence of 3 years probation.  
  • Furnishing Alcohol to Minors (Allegheny): Client facing a 6-month license suspension, permanent misdemeanor record and up to 12 months in jail. esult: Negotiated agreement to complete community service in return for full withdrawal of charges. 
  • Speeding 17mph over in School Zone (Washington): Client facing 4 points, PennDOT departmental hearing and likely 15-day suspension for school zone violation in excess of 15mph over. esult: Negotiated reduction to 5mph plea, eliminating points and suspension. 
  • Resisting Arrest, M3 Disorderly Conduct & Defiant Trespass (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing criminal record with max sentence of up to 3 years and 3 months of incarceration. Result: Negotiated reduction to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs. Presently working on expungement of record. 
  • Driving on DUI Suspended License and Speeding 17mph over (Allegheny): Client facing 60-day mandatory jail sentence, 12-month license suspension and $500 fine, along with 4 points. Result: Negotiated plea to traffic control devices and 5mph over violations, carrying no jail time or license suspensions, reduction of fines from approximately $600 to $300.  
  • Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia, Driving on DUI Suspended License (Allegheny): Client facing additional 18-month license suspension, a 60-day mandatory and up to 14 months of incarceration. Result: Negotiated reduction to summary disorderly conduct, traffic control devices and stop sign violations, carrying 3 points and fines/costs. Suspension reduced from 18-months to 15 days, no mandatory jail time. 
  • Burglary, Criminal Trespass & Criminal Mischief (Indiana): College student facing permanent felony record and max sentence of up to 11 years in prison. Result: Negotiated withdrawal of F2 Burglary offense at preliminary hearing, leaving F3 Criminal Trespass for Court of Common Pleas. After multiple conferences, negotiated entry into ARD program for 12 months of probation, where client will earn dismissal of all remaining charges and will become eligible for expungement. 
  • Motion to Terminate ARD Probation (Butler): College student placed on 18 months of ARD probation seeking to terminate probation early to help facilitate expungement process. Result: Court granted motion to terminate. 
  • Prostitution (Allegheny): Client facing permanent misdemeanor record and max sentence of up to 1 year in jail. Result: Negotiate agreement for client to complete prostitution education course for a reduction to a summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs, will become eligible to expunge prostitution charge from record. 
  • Unlawful Use of Computer, Forgery, Theft by Deception, Conspiracy (Allegheny): Client facing multiple felony counts with max sentence of over 21 years and permanent felony record. esult: All co-defendant attorneys able to negotiate Rule 586 settlement agreement where client paid restitution in return for a full withdrawal of all charges. 
  • DUI 2nd Offense, Middle Tier (Allegheny): Client facing 30-day mandatory jail sentence, maximum sentence of up to 6 months in jail and 12 month license suspension. Result: Successfully argued to court for reduction to a lowest tier offense based upon a 5% deviation of the BAC, reduced mandatory fine from $750 to $300 and reduced mandatory jail time to 5 days, with permission for house arrest. 
  • Driving on DUI Suspended License (Butler): Client facing 60-day mandatory jail sentence, 12-month license suspension and $500 fine. esult: Negotiated plea to 3111A offense, carrying no jail, suspension or points, fine reduced from $500 to $150.

DECEMBER 2017

  • Reckless Driving (Allegheny): Professional driver facing loss of employment due to 6 month license suspension upon conviction. Result: Negotiated reduction to Traffic Control devices violation, carrying no points or license suspension. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing 90 day license suspension and criminal record that cannot be expunged until client turns 21. Result: Case dismissed.
  • Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia (Westmoreland): Client facing 6 month license suspension, loss of employment and max sentence of up to 13 months of jail or probation. esult: Negotiated probation without verdict offer for 6 months of probation and no license suspension. 
  • Summary Retail Theft (Beaver): Client with no prior criminal record facing criminal record that cannot be expunged for 5 years and fines/costs of up to $450. esult: Client completed retail theft education course, successfully argued for dismissal on status conference date. 
  • Driving on DUI Suspended License (Allegheny): Client close to regaining driving privileges, facing 60 day mandatory and an additional 12 months added onto existing suspension. Result: Negotiated reduction to Driving Without License charge, eliminating jail time and suspension. 
  • DUI - Middle Tier (Washington): Client with clean record facing 12 month license suspension, 48 hour mandatory jail sentence and loss of employment with any license suspension. Result: Initial offer for entry into ARD program on middle tier offense for 30 day license suspension. On hearing date, successfully argued to judge for entry into ARD on a general impairment offense carrying no license suspension, which effectively saved client's job. 
  • Simple Assault (Beaver): Client with clean record facing criminal record and max sentence of up to 2 years of jail or probation. Result: negotiated entry into the ARD program for 9 months of probation. 
  • Careless Driving (Allegheny): Facing 3 points. Result: Negotiated reduction to offense carrying 0 points. 
  • Reckless Driving, Speeding 47 over, Safe Speed (Westmoreland): Client facing 7 months worth of license suspensions, 5 points, in addition to sanctions for exceeding 6 points on driving record. Result: Negotiated reduction to 15mph over and traffic control devices violation, reducing points from 5 to 3, keeping client under 6 point threshold, and eliminating all license suspensions. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing 90 day license suspension and criminal record that cannot be expunged until client turns 21 years of age. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete community service for full withdrawal of case. 
  • Unlawful Sale/Transfer of Firearm and Unsworn Falsification (Allegheny): Client facing up to 8 years in jail in connection with firearm purchase application errors. Result: Case dismissed per agreement with DA's office. 
  • Indecent Assault, Simple Assault by Physical Menace, Harassment (M3) and Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny): Client with no prior criminal history facing a 15-year Sex Offender Registration requirement, a max sentence of up to 9 years and 3 months in jail, and a permanent criminal record. Result: Negotiated agreement at preliminary hearing for client to forfeit carry permit, complete mental health and alcohol related treatment, for reduction to summary offenses only. If compliant, no sex offender registration or misdemeanor record. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing 90 day license suspension and criminal record that cannot be expunged until client turns 21 years of age. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete community service for full withdrawal of case. 
  • Disorderly Conduct and Public Drunkenness (Allegheny): Client involved in physical altercation facing criminal record for minimum period of 5 years and fines/costs of over $900. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete 10 hours of community service for withdrawal. 
  • Accident Involving Damage to Unattended Property (Allegheny): Client facing 4 points. Result: Negotiated reduction to traffic control devices, eliminating points. 
  • Overtaking School Bus (Allegheny): Client facing 5 points and 60 day license suspension. Result: Negotiated reduction to unlawful activities violation, eliminating points and suspension. 
  • DUI - Highest Tier (Allegheny): Client was revoked twice from ARD program for various violations. Had warrant for arrest for missing probation violation hearing. Result: Argued for release from incarceration. Re-negotiated entry into ARD program. Client successfully discharged from program. 
  • Careless Driving, Safe Speed, Reckless Driving, Seatbelt Violation (Westmoreland): Truck driver facing 6 month license suspension and 5 points. Result: Plea to careless driving and traffic control devices, eliminating license suspension and reducing points from 5 to 3. 
  • Driving on DUI Suspended License (Allegheny): Client close to regaining driving privileges, facing 60 day mandatory and an additional 12 months added onto existing suspension. Result: Negotiated reduction to Driving Without License charge, eliminating jail time and suspension. 
  • Driving on DUI Suspended License (Allegheny): Before hiring firm, client convicted at magistrate level and sentenced to 60 days of jail time. Hired firm to file summary appeal. esult: Negotiated reduction to a Driving on a Suspended License, Non DUI Related offense, eliminating jail sentence. 
  • Permitting Violation of Title for Driving on DUI Suspended License (Allegheny): Spouse charged with Permitting Title Violation after family member drove with suspended license. Facing 12 month license suspension and 60 day mandatory jail sentence. Result: Negotiated plea to traffic control devices, eliminating jail time and license suspension. 
  • Tampering with Evidence, 2x Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Lawrence): Client facing max sentence of up to 9 years in jail and a 36 month license suspension. Result: Negotiated guilty plea to Possession of Drug Paraphernalia at magistrate's office, MDJ took plea imposed fines/costs only. 
  • Public Drunkenness (Allegheny): Client facing criminal record for minimum period of 5 years and fines/costs of up to $450. esult: Case dismissed. 
  • Public Drunkenness and Public Urination (Allegheny): Firm represented two roommates charged with summary offenses, each facing a 90 day license suspension and criminal record for minimum period of 5 years. Result: Charges dismissed for both clients. 
  • Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana and Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client facing probation violation, up to 13 months of jail time and 12 month license suspension. esult: Plea to summary disorderly conduct for fines only. 
  • Stop Sign Violation (Armstrong): Client with clean driving record facing 3 points. Result: Negotiated reduction to traffic control devices violation, with no points. 
  • DUI - Lowest Tier (Indiana): Client with no record facing potential criminal record, max of up to 6 months in jail. Result: Negotiated tentative offer for ARD on lowest tier offense, carrying no license suspension, with eligibility to avoid criminal record upon program completion. 
  • Disorderly Conduct Local Ordinance (Allegheny): Client with no criminal history seeking to avoid publicly searchable record on CPCMS and max fines and costs of over $500. esult: Case dismissed. 

NOVEMBER 2017

  • Possession of Controlled Substance and Drug Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing permanent criminal record, 6 month license suspension and max sentence of up to 2 years of jail or probation. Result: Negotiated plea to 2 counts of summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. 
  • Underage Drinking and Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny): Firm represented two roommates charged with summary offenses, each facing a 90 day license suspension and criminal record for minimum period of 5 years. Result: Negotiated agreements to complete community service for full dismissal of all charges for both clients. 
  • Criminal Trespass (F3) and summary Criminal Mischief (Indiana): Client with no prior criminal record facing max of up to 7 years and 3 months in jail and a permanent felony criminal record. Result: Negotiated reduction to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. 
  • Speeding 17 over (Allegheny): Client with clean driving record facing 4 points. Result: Case Dismissed. 
  • Speeding 25 over and Required Financial Responsibility (Allegheny): Client found guilty at MDJ level while representing himself. Hired firm for summary appeal to try and avoid 90 day license suspension and 5 points. Result: Provided insurance information to PennDOT, who withdrew 90 day suspension. Charges and points dismissed at summary appeal hearing. 
  • Retail Theft, Resisting Arrest, M3 Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 5 years in jail. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to pay restitution in return for guilty plea to four summary disorderly conduct charges for fines/costs only. 
  • Driving on Suspended License DUI Related (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory 60 day jail sentence and additional suspension of 12 months. esult: Negotiated reduction to Driving Without a License, carrying no jail time or license suspension for first offense. 
  • Possession of Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client facing up to 24 months of incarceration and 6 month license suspension. Result: Plea to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. 
  • 2nd DUI - Highest Tier, Driving on DUI Suspended License with BAC of .02% or above (Indiana): Client facing max sentence of up to 5 years and 3 months in jail, mandatory minimum jail sentences of 6 months. esult: Negotiated tentative plea offer for withdrawal of DUI Suspended License violation, eliminating 90 day mandatory, with guilty plea to DUI with no objection to 90 days of house arrest. 
  • Simple Assault (Allegheny): Client detained for probation violation based upon new charge, facing max of up to 2 years of probation and status as convicted probation violator. Result: Case Dismissed.
  • Disorderly Conduct & Underage Drinking (Allegheny): College student facing 90 day license suspension and fines/costs in excess of $800. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete community service in return for full withdrawal of charges. 
  • Disorderly Conduct, Underage Drinking and Fake ID (Allegheny): College student facing up to 15 months worth of license suspensions and fines/costs in excess of $1,300. esult: Negotiated agreement for client to complete 40 hours of community service in return for full withdrawal of charges. 
  • 2x Possession of a Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing max sentence of up to 3 years in jail and a cumulative 18 month license suspension. Result: Negotiated reduction to two counts of summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. 
  • Criminal Trespass and Criminal Mischief (Indiana): Client with clean record facing max sentence of up to 10 years and 3 months in jail. esult: Negotiated plea to disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. Pursuing expungement of felony charges for client. 
  • Overtaking School Bus (Allegheny): Client facing 5 points and 60-day mandatory license suspension upon conviction. Result: Negotiated plea to traffic control devices violation, eliminating points and suspensions. 
  • Speeding - 27 mph over, Required Financial Responsibility and Seat Belt violations (Allegheny): Client represented himself at summary trial before magistrate, found guilty. Subject to 5 points and a 90 day license suspension. Result: Provided correspondence to penndot to eliminate suspension for insurance violation. All charge dismissed at summary appeal hearing, eliminating all points and suspensions. 
  • Speeding - 15mph over (Allegheny): Filed summary appeal for client convicted of driving 15 miles per hour over speed limit, facing 3 points. Result: Case Dismissed
  • Retail Theft, Simple Assault, Criminal Mischief and Receiving Stolen Property (Allegheny): Client on visa with no prior criminal record facing max sentence of up to 10 years in jail and deportation. esult: Negotiated agreement where client paid restitution in return for guilty plea to four counts of summary disorderly conduct, helping to ensure future visa eligibility. 
  • Driving on a Suspended License DUI Related (Allegheny): Client close to regaining out of state driver's license subject to an additional 12 month suspension and mandatory 60-day jail sentence. Result: Negotiated reduction to traffic control devices, eliminating jail time, points and license suspension.  
  • Driving on a Suspended License DUI Related (Allegheny): Client who is close to regaining driving privileges subject to an additional 12 month suspension and mandatory 60-day jail sentence. Result: Negotiated reduction to traffic control devices, eliminating jail time, points and license suspension.  
  • Reckless Driving & Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing criminal conviction and mandatory 6 month license suspension. esult: Disorderly conduct dismissed and reckless driving charge amended to a traffic control devices violation, eliminating 6-month suspension. 
  • Driving on a Suspended License DUI Related (Allegheny): Repeat offender facing mandatory 60-day jail sentence and max of up to 90 days in jail. Result: Negotiated reduction to Driving on a Non-DUI suspended license, eliminating jail time. 
  • Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 13 months in jail and 6 month license suspension. Result: Negotiated plea to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only.  
  • DUI (Beaver): Client facing max sentence of up to 72 hours in jail and 12 month license suspension. Result: Negotiated plea for 5 days house arrest, client eligible for interlock limited license. 
  • Unlawful Sale/Transfer of Firearm and Unsworn Falsification (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 8 years in jail for allegedly lying on firearm application. Result: Preliminary hearing held and charges dismissed. 
  • Unlawful Sale/Transfer of Firearm and Unsworn Falsification (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 8 years in jail for allegedly lying on firearm application. Result: Preliminary hearing held and charges dismissed. 
  • Two Count of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 3 years in jail and a cumulative 18 month license suspension. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to provide evidence of a clean urine screen before next court date. If complete, plea to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. 
  • Driving on a Suspended License DUI Related (Allegheny): Client who is close to regaining driving privileges subject to an additional 12 month suspension and mandatory 60-day jail sentence. esult: Negotiated agreement where client is to come to future court date with license. If complete, charge will be amended to an offense carrying no points, jail or license suspension. 
  • Underage Drinking and Fake ID (Allegheny): College student facing criminal record and up to 15 months worth of license suspensions. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete community service for full withdrawal of charges. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): College student facing criminal record and 90 day license suspension. Result: Case dismissed at hearing. 
  • Disorderly Conduct and Underage Drinking (Allegheny): College student facing criminal record, up to $900 in fines/costs and 90 day license suspension. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete 10 hours of community service for full withdrawal of charges.
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): College student facing criminal record and 90 day license suspension. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete 5 hours of community service for full withdrawal of charges. 
  • Public Drunkenness and Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny): Graduate student facing criminal record and max fines/costs of up to $900. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete 10 hours of community service for full withdrawal of charges. 
  • Possession of Fake Identification Card (Allegheny): Client facing 90 day license suspension and conviction on record. esult: Negotiated agreement for client to complete community service for future withdrawal of charge. 
  • Possession of Controlled Substance and Drug Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 24 months in jail and 6 month license suspension. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete 40 hours of community service for plea to two counts of summary disorderly conduct. 
  • Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia (Lawrence): Client facing max sentence of up to 13 months in jail and 6 month license suspension. Result: Negotiated plea to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only.  
  • Driving Under the Influence (Lawrence): Client with separate active case facing max of up to 72 hours in jail and 12 month license suspension. esult: negotiated entry into ARD program. 
  • Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 13 months in jail and 6 month license suspension. Result: Negotiated plea to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only.  
  • Simple Assault (Allegheny): Client detained for probation violation facing additional max sentence of up to 2 years in jail. Result: Charged withdraw at preliminary hearing. Detainer lifted. 
  • Required Financial Responsibility (Washington): Client received 90 day license suspension for failing to appear at summary trial. Hired firm for appeal. Result: Faxed correspondence to PennDOT to seek removal of suspension. Charge was dismissed at summary appeal hearing.
  • Indecent Exposure and Open Lewdness (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 3 years in jail. Result: Negotiated plea to M3 Indecent Exposure for 1 year of probation. 
  • Reckless Driving, Safe Speed and Careless Driving (Allegheny): CDL driver facing serious CDL violation for reckless driving, a 6-month license suspension and 3 points on driving record. Result: Negotiated plea to a single Traffic Control Devices violation, eliminating all suspensions and points. Plea has no impact on CDL status. 
  • Public Drunkenness (Allegheny): Client has pending personal injury case against driver who struck him in intersection, with a conviction possibly having negative consequences upon litigation. Result: Client found not guilty of public drunkenness. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing max fine of up to $500, a 90-day license suspension and conviction on public record search. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete community service for future withdrawal of charge. 

OCTOBER 2017

  • Fleeing and Eluding (F3) and Driving Under Influence of Drugs (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing permanent felony record, mandatory jail sentence of 72 hours, max of up to 7.5 years, and a mandatory 24-month license suspension upon conviction. Result: Negotiated entry into the ARD program for 2 years of probation and no jail time. License suspension reduced to 2 months. Upon successful completion, charges to be dismissed and expunged from record. 
  • Prostitution (Allegheny): Client on temporary visa facing potential deportation and permanent criminal record. Result: negotiated reduction to summary disorderly conduct, a non-deportable offense, for fines/costs only.
  • 30+ counts of Corruption of Minors (Indiana): Client accused of over 30 counts in connection with allegation of sexual conduct with a minor. Facing a max sentence of up to 5 years at each count, and a guideline range sentence of 3-6 months at each count. Result: Negotiated plea to 3 counts of Corruption of Minors, for no Megan's Law registration. Judge imposed 6-23 month period of county jail incarceration with permission for work release. 
  • 70 counts of Felony Possession With Intent to Deliver and Simple Possession (Washington): Client overcharged by police officer in connection with heroin possession facing significant jail time. Result: Negotiated tentative plea offer to one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance for 12 months probation. All felony charges to be dropped. 
  • Terroristic Threats, Endangering Welfare of Child, Harassment (Lawrence): Client with clean record facing max of up to 11 years and 3 months of jail/probation and a permanent criminal record. Result: Negotiated tentative plea offer where EWOC charge dismissed and client to enter ARD program for 2 years of probation. Successful completion will lead to dismissal of charges. 
  • DUI (Allegheny): Client incarcerated with multiple outstanding cases facing mandatory 72 hour jail sentence and max of up to 6 months. Result: Negotiated agreement to take 3 days credit for time serve, preserving jail credit towards other cases. Paroled after 3 days and 6 months probation. 
  • Overtaking School Bus (Allegheny): Client represented self at summary trial and was convicted, facing 60-day mandatory license suspension and 5 points. Hired firm to file appeal. Result: Successfully argued for reduction of offense to a Traffic Control Devices violation, eliminating 5 points and 60 day suspension. 
  • Exceeding Maximum Speed by 31mph (Allegheny): Client plead guilty to citation not realizing it carried 5 points and a 15 day suspension. Retained firm to file summary appeal. Result: Negotiated reduction to 5 mph over, carrying no points or license suspension. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing max fine of up to $500, a 90-day license suspension and conviction on public record search. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete community service and underage drinking course for future withdrawal of charge. 
  • 2 Underage Drinking Cases (Allegheny): Client facing max fine of over $1000 along with a cumulative 15-months worth of license suspensions. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete community service and underage drinking course for dismissal of one case. Guilty plea to 2nd case with summary appeal pending. Successful completion will reduce license suspension by 12 months and fines by $500. 
  • Driving on a Suspended License DUI Related (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory $500 fine, 60-day jail sentence, max of up to 90 days of jail time, and an additional 12 month suspension. esult: Negotiated reduction to Driving Without a License offense, eliminating mandatory jail time, reducing suspension to a max of 6 months and reducing fine to $200. 
  • Driving on a Suspended License DUI Related (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory $500 fine, 60-day jail sentence, max of up to 90 days of jail time, and an additional 12 month suspension. esult: Negotiated reduction to a non-DUI related suspension offense, eliminating mandatory jail time and reducing fine to $200. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing max fine of up to $500, a 90-day license suspension and conviction on public record search. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete community service for future withdrawal of charge. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing max fine of up to $500, a 90-day license suspension and conviction on public record search. Result: Charges dismissed.
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing max fine of up to $500, a 90-day license suspension and conviction on public record search. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete community service for future withdrawal of charge. 
  • Bad Checks (Butler): Client facing max sentence of up to 7 years of jail/probation and a permanent felony record. esult: Negotiated a Rule 586 settlement at preliminary hearing, where restitution paid in return for full dismissal of charge. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing max fine of up to $500, a 90-day license suspension and conviction on public record search. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete community service for future withdrawal of charge. 
  • Underage Drinking (Washington): Client facing max fine of up to $500 plus court costs and a 90-day license suspension. esult: Negotiated reduction to non-criminal local ordinance violation, eliminating license suspension. 
  • Criminal Mischief, Disorderly Conduct and Public Drunkenness (Allegheny): Client charged with multiple summary offenses facing max of up to 9 months in jail and over $1,000 in fines/costs. Result: Negotiated withdrawal of criminal mischief and public drunkenness charges, plea to summary DC only for $450 worth of fines/costs. 
  • DUI Drugs (Allegheny): Client with prior out of state DUI initially charged with 2nd DUI offense, facing 90 day mandatory jail sentence and max of up to 5 years. Result: Further research into criminal record revealed conviction for a wet reckless driving offense in another state, making this a 1st offense DUI. Cleared out of state warrant on this case. Thereafter, negotiated admission into the ARD program, which will lead to record expungement upon program completion. No jail time and 12 months probation. 
  • Speeding 31mph over (Butler): Junior Driver facing a cumulative 105 day license suspension and 5 points for an excessive speed conviction. Result: Negotiated reduction to 10mph over, reducing points from 5 to 2 and eliminating license suspension.  
  • Reckless Driving (Allegheny): Client facing 6-month license suspension upon conviction. esult: Negotiated reduction to Careless Driving offense, a 3-point offense. Resolution eliminates license suspension. 
  • DUI and Reckless Driving (Allegheny): Client facing 72-hour mandatory sentence, an 18-month license suspension and up to 6 months of probation. Result: Charges dismissed, laboratory results negative for alcohol or drugs. 
  • Simple Assault & Possession (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing max of up to 25 months of jail/probation and 6-month license suspension. Result: Simple assault dismissed, marijuana charge amended to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. 
  • Possession of Marijuana (Beaver): Client facing max sentence of up to 30 days and 6-month license suspension. Result: Negotiated reduction to a disorderly conduct offense for fines and court costs only. 

SEPTEMBER 2017

  • Possession of Marijuana (Allegheny): Individual on expired visa facing deportation for criminal violation. Result: Negotiated reduction to a disorderly conduct offense for time served, a non-deportable offense. Court would not agree for full dismissal. 
  • Speeding 20 over (Washington): Client facing 4 points on driving record. Result: Negotiated agreement to Traffic Control Devices, a 0 point offense.
  • Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client on probation facing probation violation and up to 13 months of jail time, on top of 12 month license suspension. Result: Negotiated reduction to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. No probation violation for misdemeanors. 
  • Underage Drinking (Washington): Repeat offender facing 90-day license suspension and criminal record. Result: Charge reduced to local ordinance violation for glass containers, a non-criminal violation eliminating license suspension. 
  • Reckless Driving and Speeding 55mph over (Allegheny): CDL holder facing major CDL violation, mandatory license suspension of 6.5 months, and 5 points on driving record. esult: Client represented himself at magistrate's office and convicted of all charges. Our office filed summary appeal and successfully negotiated delay of license suspension with PennDOT. On summary appeal hearing date, negotiated plea where Reckless Driving charge reduced to a Traffic Control Devices violation, and speeding reduced to 25mph. 4 points imposed, but avoided 6.5 months of suspension and major CDL violation. 
  • Overtaking School Bus (Allegheny): Client represented self at magistrate level and convicted. Summary appeal filed to help in avoiding mandatory license suspension of 60 days and 5 points. esult: Negotiated delay of license suspension with PennDOT. On summary appeal hearing date, successfully argued for reduction of charge to offense carrying no points or license suspension. 
  • Middle Tier DUI (Washington): Client facing mandatory 12-month license suspension, mandatory 48 hour jail sentence and max of up to 6 months in jail. Result: negotiated offer for future entry into ARD program, reducing license suspension to 30 days, no jail time and ability to expunge record. 
  • Corruption of Minors (M1), Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Out of state client facing max sentence of up to 9 years in jail. Result: negotiated agreement for withdrawal of Corruption of Minors offense and guilty plea to remaining offenses for 2 years of non-reporting probation. 
  • Unlawful Sale/Transfer of Firearm (F3), two counts of Penalties - Sale Transfer of Firearms (one F3, one M2), and False Reports to Law Enforcement (Allegheny): Client facing permanent felony record and max sentence of up to 16 years in jail. Result: Filed Omnibus Pretrial Motions on case and prepared for trial. On trial date, negotiated offer to plead guilty to misdemeanor offenses only for 15 months probation. No jail time, all felonies dropped. 
  • Simple Assault (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing permanent criminal record and max sentence of up to 2 years in jail. Result: Negotiated plea to summary harassment for fines only. Eligible for expungement of Simple Assault charge. 
  • Fake ID (Allegheny): Out of state client facing 90 day suspension and criminal record. Result: Successfully argued for dismissal of case. 
  • Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana and Driving on Suspended License (Allegheny): Client on probation facing a probation violation and up to 18 months of license suspensions. Result: negotiated plea to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. No probation violation. 
  • 2nd DUI - Highest Tier (Cambria): 3rd lifetime DUI and 2nd offense within 10 years for sentencing purposes. Facing 90 day mandatory minimum sentence and max of up to 5 years. Result: Successfully argued for imposition of 90 days of house arrest and probation. 
  • Possession of Instrument of Crime and Prostitution (Allegheny): Client facing max of up to 6 years in jail who had bond revoked for missing court. esult: Successfully obtained bond modification for release to rehab. Plea negotiated for withdrawal of PIC charge and plea to prostitution for probation. 
  • 2nd DUI - Highest Tier (Greene): Client facing mandatory jail time of 90 days and maximum sentence of up to 5 years. Result: Open plea entered without plea agreement. Prepared sentencing memorandum detailing client's personal circumstances. Commonwealth argued for maximum supervision of 5 years. Successfully argued for probation of only 2 years. 30 days of jail time with work release and 60 days of house arrest with work release. Client able to keep job. 
  • 2nd DUI - Middle Tier (Greene): Client facing mandatory jail time of 30 days. Result: Open plea entered without plea agreement. Prepared sentencing memorandum detailing client's personal circumstances. Received 10 days of jail time with work release, 20 days house arrest, and probation. Original plea offer for 90 days to 5 years of jail. 
  • 2nd DUI - Highest Tier (Fayette): Out of state client facing 90-day mandatory jail sentence and max sentence of up to 5 years in jail. Result: Plea for 90 days house arrest and probation.  
  • Motion to Lift Detainer (Allegheny): Client with multiple probation violations incarcerated. esult: Motion to transfer detainer to an alternative housing facility granted. 

AUGUST 2017

  • 2nd DUI - Highest Tier (Allegheny): Out of state client facing 90-day mandatory jail sentence and max sentence of up to 5 years in jail. esult: Negotiated agreement and successfully argued for client to serve sentence at sober living facility out of state, with credit for time served and probation. No jail time. 
  • Driving on Suspended License DUI Related (Butler): Client facing 60-day mandatory jail sentence and additional 12 month suspension. Result: Proceeded to summary trial where Attorney Zuckerman argued for mitigation of charge. Court agreed to reduce offense to Driving on Suspended License, Non-DUI related, eliminating all jail time. 
  • Public Drunkenness and Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny): Working professional facing criminal record and max fines/costs of over $900. esult: Negotiated agreement to complete community service for withdrawal of charges. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing 90 day suspension and potential criminal record. Result: case dismissed, working on expungement petition. 
  • Driving on Suspended License DUI Related (Allegheny): Client facing 60-day mandatory jail sentence and additional 12 month suspension. Result: Negotiated plea to Driving Without License, no jail time or license suspension. 
  • Careless Driving (Allegheny): Client with clean driving record facing 3 points. Result: negotiated reduction to offense carrying 0 points. 
  • Four counts of M3 Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny): College student facing permanent criminal record and max sentence of up to 4 years in jail. Result: negotiated agreement to complete anger management course for future withdrawal of charges. 
  • Criminal Trespass, Public Drunkneness and Underage Drinking (Allegheny): College student facing 90 day license suspension, criminal record that cannot be expunged for minimum period of 5 years and over $1,350 in fines/costs. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete 40 hours of community service for full withdrawal of all charges, no fines or license suspension. 
  • Public Drunkenness & Public Urination (Allegheny): Professional with no prior record facing criminal record and over $900 in fines/costs. esult: Case dismissed on hearing date based upon successful completion of Drug & Alcohol Assessment and recommended treatment. 
  • Speeding 20mph (Westmoreland): Out of state client facing license suspension based upon excessive point cumulation if convicted of offense carrying 4 points. Result: Negotiated agreement to 9mph over, reducing points from 4 to 2 and saving client from accruing suspension. 
  • 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.