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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, and does not include results on every case handled by the firm. Names and case details are omitted to protect client confidentiality. Past results do not guarantee future results, and the Zuckerman Law Firm makes no promises or guarantees regarding the outcome of your case. Viewers of this page must not assume that their cases can be resolved similarly to those charged with the same type of offense.

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MARCH 2019

  • DUI - Highest Tier (Allegheny): Client facing 72 hour mandatory minimum jail sentence, 12 month license suspension and permanent record. Result: Negotiated admission into ARD program, eliminating jail time, reducing suspension to 60 days, with opportunity to earn a record expungement.

  • DUI - Middle (Allegheny): Client facing 48 hour mandatory minimum jail sentence, 12 month license suspension and permanent record. Result: Negotiated admission into ARD program, eliminating jail time, reducing suspension to 30 days, with opportunity to earn a record expungement.

  • DUI - Drug (Allegheny): Client facing 72 hour mandatory minimum jail sentence, 12 month license suspension and permanent record. Result: Negotiated admission into ARD program, eliminating jail time, reducing suspension to 60 days, with opportunity to earn a record expungement.

  • DUI - Highest Tier (Allegheny): Client facing 72 hour mandatory minimum jail sentence, 12 month license suspension and permanent record. Result: Negotiated admission into ARD program, eliminating jail time, reducing suspension to 60 days, with opportunity to earn a record expungement.

  • Speeding 32mph over (Allegheny): Client facing 5 points, mandatory PennDOT departmental hearing and likely 15 day license suspension. Result: Attorney Milardo successfully argued for reduction to 5mph over, carrying no points, departmental hearing or suspension.

  • Reckless Driving and Speeding 22mph over (Allegheny): Client facing 4 points and 6 month license suspension. Result: Charges reduced to 5mph over, no points or suspension.

  • Reckless Driving and Speeding 17mph over (Allegheny): Client facing 4 points and 6 month license suspension. Result: Charges reduced to 5mph over, no points or suspension.

  • Accident with Unattended Vehicle & Careless Driving (Allegheny): Client facing up to 7 points in connection with hit and run accident. Result: Accident offense dismissed, guilty plea to careless driving, reducing points down to 3.

  • Bad Checks - 4 counts (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 5 years in jail and permanent criminal record. Result: Agreement reached for withdrawal of charges based upon payment of restitution.

  • Summary Criminal Mischief (Allegheny): Client facing conviction that cannot be expunged for minimum period of 5 years, restitution and fines/costs of approximately $450. Result: Case dismissed.

  • Driving on a DUI Suspended License (Allegheny): Client facing 60-day mandatory jail sentence and 12-month additional license suspension. Result: Agreement reached where charge reduced to 3111A violation, carrying no jail time, points or suspension. Client has license back.

  • Motion to Terminate Probation (Allegheny): Client seeking to terminate probation early to move out of state and pursue education. Result: Motion to Terminate Probation granted. Case closed.

FEBRUARY 2019

  • Summary Defiant Trespass - co defendants (Allegheny): Represented co-defendants charged with summary defiant trespass, facing conviction that cannot be expunged for minimum period of 5 years and fines/costs of approximately $450. Result: Negotiated agreement for clients to complete community service for future withdrawal of charges.

  • Strangulation and Simple Assault (Armstrong): Client facing max sentence of up to 12 years in jail, and permanent felony record. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete treatment in return for future withdrawal of all charges.

  • Reckless Driving and Speeding 26mph over (Allegheny): Client facing 6-month license suspension and 5 points. Result: Negotiated agreement to plead guilty to turnpike violations for no points or suspension.

  • 2nd DUI - Drugs (Fayette): Client facing 90-day mandatory minimum jail sentence and max of up to 5 years. Result: Negotiated tentative written plea offer for 90 days of house arrest and probation.

  • Public Urination (Allegheny): Client facing conviction that cannot be expunged for minimum period of 5 years and fines/costs of approximately $450. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete community service for future withdrawal of charge.
    Public Drunkenness, Fake ID and Public Urination (Allegheny): Client facing convictions that cannot be expunged for minimum period of 5 years and fines/costs of approximately $1200, in addition to 90 day license suspension. Result: Not guilty of Fake ID and Public Drunkenness. Agreement to complete community service in return for future dismissal of public urination offense.

  • Possession of Instrument of Crime and Promoting Prostitution (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 6 years in jail and permanent record. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete educational course for reduction to summary disorderly conduct.

  • M1 Retail Theft - 2 Counts (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 10 years in jail and permanent misdemeanor record. Result: Negotiated agreement for guilty plea to summary retail theft for fines, costs and restitution only. Misdemeanors withdrawn.

  • Reckless Driving (Allegheny): Client facing 6 month license suspension. Result: Attorney Milardo reached agreement for guilty plea to 3111A offense, carrying no points or suspension.

  • Careless Driving, Improper Lane Change & Registration (Allegheny): Client facing up to 6 points. Result: Negotiated reduction to 3111A offense, carrying no points.

  • Summary Defiant Trespass (Allegheny): Client barred from casino grounds facing conviction that cannot be expunged for minimum of 5 years. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete community service for full withdrawal of charges.

  • Accident with Attended Vehicle (Allegheny): Client facing permanent criminal record and max of up to 1 year in jail, along with a 12 month license suspension. Result: Agreement reached for client to complete Drug and Alcohol assessment in return for reduction to summary Careless Driving. No license suspension.

  • F2 Criminal Trespass, 2 counts of M2 Resisting Arrest, M3 False ID Law Enforcement, M3 Loitering & Prowling at Nighttime (Allegheny): College student facing max sentence of up to 16 years in jail, possible county jail sentence in guidelines, permanent felony record. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete 60 hours of community service. If complete, all felony and misdemeanors will be withdrawn

  • F3 Fleeing and Eluding & DUI - Highest Tier (Allegheny): College student facing max sentence of up to 7.5 years in jail, permanent felony record, 72 hour mandatory minimum jail sentence, 12 month license suspension. Result: Negotiated withdrawal of Fleeing & Eluding offense at preliminary hearing. DUI charges pending.

  • Simple Assault and Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 2 years in jail along with a 90 day license suspension. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete Batterer’s Intervention program in return for modification of charges to one count of summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only.

  • Overtaking School Bus (Allegheny): Client facing potential loss of employment, 5 points and 60 day license suspension if convicted. Result: Negotiated reduction with MDJ to Careless Driving offense, eliminating license suspension and reducing points from 5 to 3.

  • Public Drunkenness (Allegheny): Professional facing conviction that cannot be expunged for minimum period of 5 years and fines/costs of approximately $450. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete community service in return for future case withdrawal.

  • Protection from Abuse (Allegheny): Client facing PFA and loss of firearm rights. Result: Negotiated civil consent agreement leading to dismissal of PFA.

  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing 3 month license suspension, max fines/costs of over $600 and conviction that cannot be expunged until client turns 21. Result: Case dismissed.

  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing 3 month license suspension, max fines/costs of over $600 and conviction that cannot be expunged until client turns 21. Result: Case dismissed.

  • DUI - Highest Tier, 2nd Offense (Allegheny): Repeat offender with prior record score of 5 facing mandatory minimum 90 day jail sentence, standard guideline range of up to 12 months, and a max of up to 5 years. Result: Negotiated resolution and successfully argued for imposition of 90 days house arrest and 18 months probation.

  • DUI - Middle Tier, 2nd Offense and Accident with Unattended Property (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory 30 day jail sentence, 6 month maximum sentence. Result: Attorney Milardo successfully negotiated plea for 30 days of house arrest, 6 months probation, and withdrawal of accident offense.

  • Stop Sign Violation (Allegheny): Professional driver facing 3 points and possible loss of employment if convicted. Result: Attorney Milardo successfully argued for dismissal of citation.

JANUARY 2019

  • Theft of Mislaid Property (Butler): Client facing max sentence of up to 2 years. Result: Attorney Milardo successfully negotiated entry into ARD program for 6 months of non-reporting probation.

  • Protection from Abuse (Allegheny): Client facing PFA and loss of firearm rights, potential custody implications. Result: Negotiated civil consent agreement leading to dismissal of PFA.

  • DUI - Middle Tier, First Offense (Allegheny): Client revoked from the ARD program due to failure to comply with the program. Retained our office after revocation to see if conviction could be avoided. Facing 12-month suspension, 48 hour mandatory jail sentence, and permanent record. Result: Firm coordinated with DA’s office, as well as various county agencies to expedite completion of necessary evaluations and classes, and successfully gained readmission into program for the client. Case was closed on date of re-admission.

  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Out of state client facing a loss of driving privileges in home state and potential loss of employment as a result. Result: Case dismissed by MDJ.

  • M3 Driving on a DUI Suspended License with Drugs in System, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory minimum sentence of 6 months of incarceration, and max sentence of up to 25 months. Result: Reviewed full driving history with DA and determined that client wrongfully prosecuted under the 1543B1.1 statute for multiple reasons. Charge amended from M3 violation to a summary Driving on Non-DUI Suspended License, reducing fine from $1000 to $200, and eliminating 6 month mandatory. Drug offenses resolved with plea to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. All charges resolved at MDJ level.

  • M3 Promoting Prostitution (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing a permanent record and max of up to 1 year in jail. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete educational course in return for reduction to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. Will become eligible to expunge prostituion offense.

  • M1 Theft - 2 counts, and M1 Receiving Stolen Property - 2 counts (Allegheny): Client with extensive criminal record facing max of up to 10 years in jail, likely guideline range sentence of county jail time. Result: Negotiated agreement where client is to continue with treatment and repay restitution in return for future reduction to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only.

  • F2 Identity Theft, F2 Theft by Deception, F3 Access Device Fraud, M1 Theft and M1 Receiving Stolen Property (Westmoreland): Client facing max sentence of over 37 years in jail, guideline range sentence including county jail sentence, and permanent felony record. Result: Negotiated tentative written plea agreement for client to enter ARD on misdemeanor offenses only for 2 years of probation, and to repay restitution. If complete, no jail time and client will be eligible to expunge criminal record.

  • DUI Drugs - 1st Offense (Allegheny): Client facing 12-month license suspension, 72 hour mandatory minimum and max sentence of 6 months in jail. Result: Charges dismissed at preliminary hearing.

  • Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client facing 6-month license suspension and max sentence of up to 13 months in jail. Result: Charges dismissed at preliminary hearing.

  • Disorderly Conduct, Defiant Trespass, and Public Drunkenness (Allegheny): Client facing summary convictions that cannot be expunged for minimum period of 5 years, and over $1200 in total fines/costs. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete community service for a future withdrawal of charges.

  • Underage Drinking, Disorderly Conduct, and Public Drunkenness (Allegheny): Client facing summary convictions that cannot be expunged for minimum period of 5 years, and over $1200 in total fines/costs. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete community service for a future withdrawal of charges.

  • Insurance Fraud - 2 counts (Allegheny): Client facing permanent felony record and max of up to 12 years in jail. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to pay restitution and civil demand payment of $1000 in return for a complete withdrawal of all criminal charges at preliminary hearing!

  • DUI - Highest Tier, First Offense (Washington): Client facing 72 hour mandatory minimum jail sentence, max of up to 6 months in jail, and 12 month license suspension. Result: Attorney Milardo negotiated agreement for client to enter ARD program, carries no jail time, reduced suspension to 60 days, and will help client avoid criminal conviction.

  • Summary Retail Theft (Allegheny): Client with prior record facing theft conviction that cannot be expunged for minimum 5 year period. Result: Attorney Milardo reached agreement for client to complete retail theft course in return for modification of charge to disorderly conduct.

  • F3 Bad Checks and Theft by Deception (Clarion): Client with a significant prior history facing max sentence of up to 12 years in jail. Result: Attorney Milardo negotiated agreement where felony charge reduced to misdemeanor bad checks offense with no objection to probation.

  • Strangulation and Simple Assault (Armstrong): Client with no prior history facing max sentence of up to 8 years in jail. Result: Attorney Milardo successfully pursued dismissal

  • Motion to Transfer Detainer (Allegheny): Client detained due to probation violations. Result: Attorney Milardo successful in getting client’s detainer transferred to rehabilitation facility.

  • Unlawful Sale/Transfer and Unsworn Falsification to Authorities (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 8 years in jail and permanent record. Result: Not guilty after a Non-Jury Trial.

  • 2 cases - Reckless Driving and Driving on Suspended License: Client facing total of 18 months worth of license suspensions. Result: Negotiated reduction of Reckless Driving to Careless Driving, eliminating 6 month suspension. Successfully argued for dismissal of suspended license violation based upon violation of statute of limitations, eliminating 12 month suspension.

  • Speeding 25mph over (Allegheny): Client facing 5 points. Result: Negotiated reduction to 5mph over, no points.

  • Reckless Driving & Speeding 17 mph over (Allegheny): Client facing 6 month license suspension and 4 points if convicted. Result: Negotiated agreement where client plead guilty to careless driving and 6mph over, no license suspension and 3 total points imposed.

  • Summary Retail Theft and Underage Drinking (Indiana): College student facing retail theft conviction that cannot be expunged for minimum period of 5 years. Result: Negotiated plea agreement where retail theft charge withdrawn, client plead guilty to underage drinking.

  • DUI - Highest Tier, 2nd Offense (Allegheny): Client facing 90-day mandatory minimum and 5 year maximum. Result: Plea agreement negotiated for 90 days of house arrest and 18 months probation.

  • Underage Drinking, Disorderly Conduct, and Public Drunkenness (Allegheny): Client facing summary convictions that cannot be expunged for minimum period of 5 years, and over $1200 in total fines/costs. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete community service for a future withdrawal of charges.

  • Summary Retail Theft (Allegheny): Client with prior offense facing a theft conviction that could not be expunged for minimum period of 5 years. Result: Charge dismissed as a result of community service and retail theft education course completion.

  • Furnishing Alcohol to Minors (Allegheny): Client with no record facing permanent conviction and max of up to 1 year in jail. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete 40 hours of community service for full case withdrawal.

  • 3rd Offense DUI, Tampering with Evidence, Possession of Controlled Substance, and Driving on DUI Suspended License (Butler): Client facing 1-2 year mandatory minimum jail sentence, max of over 8 years in prison. Result: At preliminary hearing, successful advocated for dismissal of DUI charge due to lack of proper chemical testing. Tampering and Possession charged dismissed in return for guilty plea to Driving on DUI Suspended License only for 60 days of house arrest and a $500 fine.

  • Driving on DUI Suspended License (Allegheny): Client facing 60-day jail sentence and 6 month suspension. Result: Attorney Milardo reached agreement for reduction to offense carrying no jail time, points or suspension.

  • Possession of Controlled Substance (Allegheny): Client facing 6-month license suspension and criminal conviction. Result: Attorney Milardo negotiated agreement where charge reduced to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only.

  • DUI - Middle Tier, 2nd Offense: Client facing mandatory minimum sentence of 30 days, 6 month maximum. Result: Attorney Milardo reached agreement for 30 days of house arrest and probation.

  • Accident with Unattended Vehicle or Property and Careless Driving: Client facing 7 points. Result: Negotiated reduction to two traffic control devices violations, carrying 0 points.

  • Speeding School Zone 15mph (Allegheny): Client facing 3 points and 15 day suspension for exceeding 11mph in school zone. Result: Negotiated plea to 5mph over in non-school zone, no points or suspension.

  • Driving Without a License (Allegheny): Out of state driver facing a license suspension if convicted. Result: Attorney Milardo negotiated reduction to Failure to Exhibit license offense, carrying no suspension.

  • Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief (Washington): Client facing permanent felony record and max of up to 8 years in jail. Result: Negotiated tentative written plea offer for admission into ARD program.

  • DUI Middle Tier, First Offense (Lawrence): Client facing criminal record, 12-month license suspension and 48 hour mandatory jail time. Result: Entry into ARD program, eliminating jail time and reducing suspension to 30 days.