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October 2014 Archives

Understanding potential DUI consequences in Pennsylvania

The idea that penalties for drunk driving are serious is not unfamiliar to most individuals. Pennsylvania, however, takes a tiered approach to assigning penalties following a DUI conviction. The Blood Alcohol Content level (BAC) of the accused individual and any prior DUI offenses contribute to the penalties the individual will face following a DUI conviction.

What is a preliminary hearing?

A preliminary hearing is exactly what the name implies: a hearing held at an early stage of a criminal proceeding. A preliminary hearing is intended to prevent unjust incarceration of persons charged with a crime by giving the court an opportunity to evaluate the prosecution's evidence. The procedures that are followed in a preliminary hearing are specified by Pennsylvania's Rules of Criminal Procedure.

Lackawanna County DUI defendant is first to face 'Kevin's Law'

A Lackawanna County man charged with DUI and homicide by vehicle will apparently be the first person to face trial under the possibility of increased penalties that form a critical part of a statute known as "Kevin's Law." The law is named "Kevin's Law" because it was passed in response to the death of Kevin Miller in 2012, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Wilkes-Barre.

What is the ARD Program in Pennsylvania, and how does it work?

Recently, a county judge admitted two defendants in the Pennsylvania Turnpike scandal into the state's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program ("ARD"). This was an alternative to requiring them to stand trial on various criminal charges, and it put the ARD program front and center. What is this program and how does it work?

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