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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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APRIL 2018

  • Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Westmoreland): Client facing a loss of employment if convicted of heroin possession, as offense carries mandatory 6-month license suspension. Result: Filed motion to suppress evidence on basis that law enforcement conducted an illegal detention of the client without probable cause. During week leading to suppression hearing, a plea agreement was negotiated where the client plead guilty to Drug Paraphernalia and Disorderly Conduct for 2 years of probation. This resolution eliminated the license suspension, allowing the client to maintain employment, which was the desired result. 
  • Unlawful Sale & Transfer of Firearm and Unsworn Falsification (Beaver): Client facing permanent felony record and max sentence of up to 8 years in prison. Result: negotiated reduction to summary disorderly conduct, all felony/misdemeanor offenses withdrawn. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing 90-day mandatory license suspension and fines/court costs exceeding $600. Result: Not guilty. 
  • 2nd Offense Highest Tier DUI (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory minimum sentence of 90 days in jail and max of up to 5 years. Result: Negotiated plea agreement to 90 days of house arrest with permission for work release and 18 months probation. 
  • Strangulation (F2) and Simple Assault (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 12 years in jail. esult: Preliminary hearing held on case, where Attorney Zuckerman successfully argued for dismissal of case after preliminary hearing due to insufficient evidence!
  • Summary Retail Theft (Allegheny): Underage client facing possible impact on entry into military with conviction that cannot be expunged for 5 years. Result: Case dismissed after completion of retail theft education program. 
  • Identity Theft, False ID to Law Enforcement, Underage Drinking, Possession of Fake ID and Restrictions on Alcoholic Beverage (Allegheny): Minor client facing loss of salaried position as a result of 9 months worth of mandatory license suspensions for alcohol and fake ID offenses. Additionally facing permanent criminal record with max sentence of up to 6 years and 9 months in jail. esult: Negotiated agreement for client to complete community service in return for plea to two counts of summary disorderly conduct. No license suspension and all misdemeanor offenses dropped. 
  • Aggravated Assault on Police Officer, Resisting Arrest & Defiant Trespass (Allegheny): High school senior facing permanent felony record and max sentence of up to 13 years in jail. Result: Negotiated plea to summary disorderly conduct with dismissal of all felony and misdemeanors. 
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana (Butler): Client facing max of up to 13 months in jail and mandatory 6-month license suspension. Result: Negotiated reduction to summary disorderly conduct at magistrate's office. 
  • Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Conspiracy (Allegheny): Client facing 5-year mandatory minimum and max sentences exceeding 20 years in prison based upon false armed robbery accusations. Result: Case dismissed at preliminary hearing!
  • Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia (Westmoreland): Client facing up to 13 months of jail time and 6 month license suspension. Result: Negotiated 6 month probationary plea for Probation Without Verdict, which will lead to future record expungement. No license suspension. 
  • DUI (Indiana): Client facing 12-month license suspension, 72 hour jail sentence and criminal record. Result: Attorney Milardo successfully negotiated written plea offer at preliminary hearing for ARD. 
  • Indecent Exposure and Open Lewdness (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 3 years and a permanent criminal record. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete mental health counseling in return for reduction of charges to summaries only for fines/costs. 
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance, Accident with Attended Vehicle, 1st Offense Drug DUI (Allegheny): Client facing a max sentence of up to 2.5 years in jail, up to 2.5 years worth of license suspensions, with mandatory minimum jail sentence of 72 hours for the DUI offense. esult: Drug possession charge dismissed at preliminary hearing due to client having prescription. At Court of Common Pleas, negotiated withdrawal of the accident offense with a guilty plea to DUI for the DUI Alternative to Jail Program and 6 months probation. Client facing 12-month license suspension, but is eligible for ignition interlock limited license. 
  • Resisting Arrest, M3 Defiant Trespass, M3 Disorderly Conduct, and other summaries (Allegheny): Client facing criminal record and max sentence of over 4 years in jail if convicted. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete mental health evaluation and treatment for future reduction of charges to one count of summary disorderly conduct. 
  • Possession of Controlled Substance and Driving on Suspended License: Repeat offender facing max sentence of up to 3 years and 3 months in jail, mandatory minimum jail sentence of 30 days on suspended license violation due to being a repeat offender, and standard range guideline jail sentence of 9-18 months for drug possession. Result: Negotiated plea agreement for probation on drug charge, successfully argued for 30 days house arrest at sentencing instead of mandatory 30-day jail sentence. 
  • Insurance Fraud (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 7 years and felony record if convicted. esult: Negotiated agreement for continuance of preliminary hearing and for client to re-pay restitution in return for a withdrawal of charges and imposition of a $500 civil demand. 
  • DUI (Allegheny): Repeat DUI offender who has not received DUI in 10+ years facing mandatory 72 hour jail sentence, max sentence of up to 6 months and a 12-month license suspension. Result: Successfully negotiated entry into the ARD program, leading to no jail time, a reduced 60-day license suspension and future criminal record expungement. 
  • Driving on DUI Suspended License (Butler): Client facing mandatory 60-day jail sentence and max of up to 90 days, along with 12 month license suspension. Result: Negotiated reduction to 3111A offense, carrying no points, jail time or suspension.
  • Speeding 20mph over (Allegheny): CDL holder facing 4 points on driving record. Result: Negotiated reduction to 5 mph over, carrying no points.
  • Reckless Driving (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory 6-month license suspension. Result: Case dismissed per agreement of citing officer. 
  • Driving on DUI Suspended License (Westmoreland): Client facing mandatory 60-day jail sentence and max of up to 90 days, along with 12 month license suspension. Result: Reduction to a Driving Without a License offense, carrying no points, suspension or jail time. 
  • Driving on DUI Suspended License (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory 60-day jail sentence and max of up to 90 days, along with 12 month license suspension. Result: 6-month continuance of case for client to avoid additional driving infractions and produce driver's license in return for future reduction to a Driving Without a License offense, carrying no points, suspension or jail time. 
  • Speeding 16 mph over (Allegheny): Client facing 4 points upon conviction. esult: Successfully waived client's appearance due to work obligations and negotiated reduction to 5 mph over, carrying 0 points. 
  • M1 Persons Not to Possess Firearm (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 5 years on firearms offense. Result: Negotiated agreement for reduction to summary disorderly conduct. 
  • DUI (Fayette): Client facing mandatory 72-hour jail sentence, 12 month license suspension and permanent criminal record. Result: Attorney Milardo negotiated offer for entry into ARD program. 
  • Forgery and Theft (Allegheny): Client with no criminal record facing max sentence of up to 15 years in jail and permanent felony record. REsult: Negotiated agreement where client paid restitution in full in return for withdrawal of criminal charges. 
  • Reckless Driving (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory 6-month license suspension. Result: Reduced to Careless Driving violation for 3 points and fines, eliminated license suspension.
  • Driving on a DUI Suspended License (Washington): Client facing mandatory 60-day jail sentence and max of up to 90 days, along with 12 month license suspension. Result: At summary appeal hearing, successfully negotiated sentence of 60-days of house arrest in lieu of jail time. 
  • M3 Furnishing Alcohol to Minors - 6 counts (Cambria): Client facing 6-month license suspension and max of up to 6 years in jail, with permanent criminal record. Result: Negotiated plea to summary disorderly conduct at Court of Common Pleas level. 
  • Carrying Firearm Without a License, Persons Not to Possess, Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 22 years in jail, and likely guideline range sentence of 4-8 years in prison. Result: Charges dismissed at preliminary hearing. 
  • F2 Access Device Fraud, Theft by Deception, Theft by Unlawful Taking (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence in excess of 17 years, permanent felony record. esult: Negotiated agreement where case postponed for client to pay restitution in return for reduction to summary disorderly conduct for fines/costs only. 
  • Public Drunkenness (Allegheny): Up to $450 in fines and publicly searchable record. Result: Not Guilty
  • Careless Driving (Allegheny): Client facing 3 points on driving record. esult: Reduced to alternative offense carrying no points. 
  • Reckless Driving (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory 6-month license suspension. Result: Reduced to Careless Driving violation for 3 points and fines, eliminated license suspension.
  • Driving on a DUI Suspended License (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory 60-day jail sentence and max of up to 90 days, along with 12 month license suspension. Result: Negotiated reduction to driving without a license offense, eliminating jail time and license suspension.

MARCH 2018

  • Driving on a DUI Suspended License (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory 60-day jail sentence and max of up to 90 days. Result: Negotiated reduction to driving on a suspended license unrelated to DUI, eliminating jail time. 
  • Resisting Arrest (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 2 years and publicly searchable criminal record. Negotiated entry into ARD program. 
  • Disorderly Conduct, Driving on a Suspended License, and Traffic Control Devices (Allegheny): Client with clean record facing a $450 fine and publicly searchable record for the disorderly conduct violation, along with a 12-month license suspension for the traffic offenses. Result: Found not guilty of disorderly conduct and driving on a suspended license, guilty of the traffic control devices offense for fines only. No license suspension. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Up to $650 in fines, a 90-day license suspension and publicly searchable record. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete 10 hours of community service in return for a full withdrawal of charges. 
  • Retail Theft (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 5 years in jail and permanent criminal record. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete retail theft education program in return for full case withdrawal. 
  • Underage Drinking (Washington): Up to $650 in fines, a 90-day license suspension and publicly searchable record. Result: Negotiated plea to local ordinance violation, a non-criminal offense which eliminates license suspension.
  • Simple Assault (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 2 years in jail. Result: Case dismissed. 
  • F2 Forgery, F2 Conspiracy, F3 Access Device Fraud, multiple misdemeanor Theft and Access Device Fraud offenses (Allegheny): Client facing permanent felony record, with max sentence exceeding 20 years, with likely standard guideline range sentence of state prison. Result: Negotiated agreement at preliminary hearing where all felonies withdrawn in return for waiver of client's right to have a preliminary hearing. Misdemeanor offenses pending. 
  • Bad Checks - 2 cases (Armstrong): Client facing permanent criminal record, with max sentence of up to 27 months in jail. Result: Attorney Milardo negotiated Rule 586 Settlement for both cases, where restitution was paid in return for withdrawal of both cases. 
  • Retail Theft (Butler) and Driving on Suspended License: Client facing permanent criminal record and max sentence of up to 5 years in jail, along with a 12-month license suspension. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete retail theft education course in return for a reduction to a summary retail theft. 
  • Required Financial Responsibility & Careless Driving (Allegheny): Client facing 90-day license suspension and 3 points. Result: Attorney Milardo negotiated resolution to alternative offense carrying no points or suspension. 
  • Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Up to $650 in fines, a 90-day license suspension and publicly searchable record. Result: Not Guilty
  • Careless Driving (Allegheny): Client found guilty of careless driving before magistrate (3 points) hired firm for summary appeal. REsult: Negotiated reduction to offense carrying no points. 
  • DUI (Butler): Client facing 48 hour mandatory minimum jail sentence and 12-month license suspension, which would have led to loss of employment. Result: Due to unique circumstances of case, an agreement was negotiated for client to plead guilty to M3 Disorderly Conduct for 1 year of probation and no jail time or license suspension. 
  • Public Drunkenness (Allegheny): Up to $450 in fines and publicly searchable record. Result: Not Guilty
  • Public Drunkenness & Disorderly Conduct (Allegheny): Client facing up to $900 in fines/costs and publicly searchable convictions. Result: Not Guilty
  • DUI (Beaver): Client with over 4 prior DUI offenses facing mandatory minimum 72-hour jail sentence and max of up to 6 months. esult: Negotiated plea for 5 days house arrest and probation. 
  • Retail Theft (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 90 days in jail and theft conviction on criminal background check. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete retail theft education course and pay restitution for withdrawal of offense. 
  • Reckless Driving (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory 6-month license suspension. Result: Reduced to Careless Driving violation for 3 points and fines, eliminated license suspension.
  • Simple Assault by Physical Menace and Terroristic Threats (Allegheny): Client facing max of up to 7 years in jail and permanent criminal record. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete anger management course for withdrawal of charges. 
  • Fake ID (Westmoreland): Client plead guilty at magistrate, not realizing offense carried 90 day license suspension. Hired firm to file summary appeal. esult: Successfully delayed license suspension pending the appeal. Negotiated agreement where charge dismissed based upon clients completion of underage drinking course. Currently pursuing expungement. 
  • Indecent Exposure & Open Lewdness (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 3 years in jail and permanent criminal record. esult: Negotiated agreement for client to complete mental health evaluation and treatment for future withdrawal of charges. 
  • Retail Theft, Simple Assault, Harassment (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of over 7 years in jail and permanent misdemeanor record. esult: Negotiated reduction to summary counts of disorderly conduct, harassment and retail theft for fines only. All misdemeanors dropped. 
  • Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 13 months in jail and 6-month license suspension. Result: Negotiated agreement to complete community service for reduction to disorderly conduct and no fines. 
  • 2nd DUI (Lawrence): Client with serious past criminal history facing mandatory jail sentence of 90 days and max of up to 5 years in jail. Result: Successfully argued for imposition of home electronic monitoring in lieu of mandatory 90 day jail sentence. 
  • Reckless Driving (Allegheny): Client facing mandatory 6-month license suspension. Result: Reduced to 3111A Traffic Control Device violation for fines only, no suspension.
  • Defiant Trespass (Washington): Client facing publicly searchable conviction with fines/costs of up to $450. Result: Not guilty
  • Follow Too Closely and Safe Speed (Allegheny): Client facing 5 points on driving record if convicted of both offenses. esult: Attorney Milardo negotiated reduction to traffic control devices, avoiding points. 
  • Fake ID (Allegheny): Out of state student facing 90-day license suspension and publicly searchable conviction. Result: Court granted permission to waive client's appearance in court. Agreement negotiated for client to complete 10 hours of community service in state of residence for dismissal of charge. 
  • Criminal Trespass (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 7 years in jail and a permanent felony record. Result: Negotiated reduction to summary simple trespasser offense for fines/costs only, felony withdrawn. 
  • M3 Disorderly Conduct, M3 Defiant Trespass (Allegheny): Client facing max sentence of up to 2 years in jail along with permanent criminal record. esult: Negotiated agreement for client to complete 50 hrs of community service for withdrawal of charges. 
  • Disorderly Conduct and Underage Drinking (Allegheny): Client facing max fines and court costs of over $900, a 90-day license suspension and publicly searchable record. esult: Attorney Milardo negotiated agreement for withdrawal of charges based upon completion of underage drinking education course, no fines or license suspension. 
  • Simple Assault (Butler): Client facing up to 2 years of jail time and permanent criminal record. Result: Negotiated agreement for client to complete anger management counseling for withdrawal of charges.
  • Reckless Driving (Butler): Client facing mandatory 6-month license suspension. Result: Reduced to 3111A Traffic Control Device violation for fines only, no suspension.
  • Strangulation & Simple Assault (Allegheny): Client facing up to 9 years of jail time and permanent felony record. esult: Negotiated agreement for client to complete Batterer's Intervention Program for reduction to summary harassment and disorderly conduct. 
  • Resisting Arrest & Defiant Trespass (Allegheny): Client facing up to 2 years of jail time and permanent criminal record. esult: Negotiated agreement for client to complete mental health evaluation and drug/alcohol evaluation for withdrawal of all charges. 
  • Driving on DUI Suspended License (Butler): Client facing 12 month license suspension and 60-day mandatory jail sentence. esult: Negotiated reduction to Driving Without License offense, eliminating jail time and license suspension.
  • DUI (Allegheny): Client facing 72-hour mandatory minimum jail sentence, 12 month license suspension and permanent criminal record. esult: Negotiated entry into ARD program, eliminating jail time and reducing suspension down to 60 days. DUI (Allegheny): Client facing 48-hour mandatory minimum jail sentence, 12 month license suspension and permanent criminal record. esult: Negotiated entry into ARD program, eliminating jail time and reducing suspension down to 30 days. 
  • Underage Drinking & Public Drunkenness (Allegheny): Client facing max fines and court costs of over $900, a 90-day license suspension and publicly searchable record. esult: Negotiated agreement for client to complete community service for withdrawal of charges, no fines or license suspension. 

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. Result: Negotiated plea to 3111A offense, carrying no jail, suspension or points, fine reduced from $500 to $150.