LAW NEWS: Pennsylvania changes DUI prior conviction standard for sentencing

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Blog, Blog Posts, DUI, New Laws, sentencing, Sentencing and Punishments |

On October 20th, 2014, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a law changing the way courts handle prior drunk driving (DUI) convictions at sentencing. In Pennsylvania, you face harsher punishments if you have prior DUI convictions.  Before the change, prior DUI convictions only led to an increased punishment if the defendant was convicted of the prior DUI before committing the new offense.  With the change in the law, any DUI conviction that...

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UPDATE: In the News: Federal Prosecutors seek life-sentence in OH beard-cutting hate crime case

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Blog, In the News, News Update, Sentencing and Punishments |

In a follow-up to the post about Bishop Samuel Mullet, a federal court sentenced the Amish man to 15 years in prison on Friday.  The US Attorney’s Office requested that Mr. Mullet serve life in prison. For more information, go to: Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter...

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In the News: Federal Prosecutors seek life-sentence in OH beard-cutting hate crime case

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in Blog, Blog Posts, Constitutional Rights, In the News, Sentencing and Punishments |

US attorneys are recommending a sentence of life in prison for Samuel Mullet.  Mullet is an Amish bishop convicted of conspiracy and federal hate crimes after a string of attacks in which Amish individuals had their hair and beards cut with shears against their will.  Mullet’s attorney, Edward Bryan is advocating for a sentence that calls for two years of incarceration.  In his sentencing memorandum, Attorney Bryan noted that...

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In the News: PA police officer rejected from ARD

Posted by on Jan 9, 2009 in ARD, DUI, Police Misconduct |

Officer Gary D.S. Utter was denied acceptance into the ARD program in York County. District Attorney Stan Rebert attributes the rejection to “the circumstances of the case.” Although Utter is a first-time offender, he is accused of crashing his patrol car after becoming intoxicated while on duty. Officer Utter’s attorney, Harry Ness, is appealing the D.A.’s decision to deny Utter’s entry into ARD.For more...

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In the News: McCain campaign worker to enter ARD

Posted by on Oct 30, 2008 in ARD, High Profile Cases |

Ashley Todd, the McCain campaign worker who fabricated the story of being robbed and having the letter “B” carved into her face, has waived her case to the Court of Common Pleas and will enter the Allegheny County ARD program. ARD is a program, usually associated with DUI charges, for first time offenders that permits them to have their criminal records expunged after successfully completing the terms of the program. Todd, who was...

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Case Summary: Commonwealth v. Love

Posted by on Oct 2, 2008 in ARD, Case Law Summaries, DUI, Repeat Offender |

Commonwealth v. Love 2008 PA Super 218 Topic: Repeat Offender-DUI Brief Legal Summary: For the purposes of 3804(b)(2), ARD is considered a conviction on the date of acceptance. Case Summary: Appellant William Joseph Love was convicted of DUI and sentenced as a repeat offender under 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3806(b). Love was arrested and charged with DUI in February 2006. He was accepted into the ARD program in June 2006. In September 2006, Love was...

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