Month: April 2014

Woman Drives into SEPTA Train

Anyone can make a bad choice in life, yet everyone is guaranteed a fair trial before being convicted by law. Making the poor choice of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is considered a criminal offense. That can mean fines, jail time or other consequences.

That is what a West Philadelphia woman who drove her car into a moving SEPTA train Tuesday night is currently facing.

According to law enforcement officials, Tiffany Evans, 33, was driving north on South 56th Street in Philadelphia when she lost control of her 2001 Honda Civic. As a result she crashed through a fence and struck a train on the Media/Elwyn rail line that was inbound to the Angora Station.

Evans was injured in the accident as well as two female passengers that were riding on the train at the time of the crash. All of the women were transported to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.… Read More

DUI Charge is the 6th for Delaware Man

Keith AllisonEveryone deserves a fair trial, no matter what the accusation. There are some who feel like DUI is a special crime that deserves harsher treatment than other infractions, but that’s not the case. Whether the first offense or not, each case should have a fair hearing, keeping the rights of the accused in mind at all times. A good attorney will make sure that happens.

A man from Frederica, Delaware was arrested by Delaware State Police for a 6th DUI offense after he crashed, according to police.

Police say troopers responded to a crash involving three vehicles on the Milford-Harrington Highway (SR14), at about 5 in the evening.

According to authorities, the 30-year-old Frederica man was driving his 1994 GMC Sierra pick-up truck and stopped at the stop sign of an intersection. Police say he pulled out too soon and collided with a Dodge Durango crossing the intersection at the same time.… Read More

Man Convicted of 8 Prior DUI’s Pleads Guilty in Deadly Motorcycle Crash

Uriah WelcomeNo matter who you are or what you’ve done, one fact remains always true: You have the right to a fair trial. This is a near impossibility in a DUI case, unless the very best legal representation is acquired. There is a special stigma when it comes to drunken driving and it takes knowledge of the law and the willingness to aggressively pursue the rights of the defendant to cut through that stigma and make sure the scales of justice are properly balanced.

A man in Chester County has pleaded guilty in the death of a motorcyclist. He had been previously arrested eight times on DUI offenses.

The final charge was homicide by vehicle for driving under the influence when he hit and killed the motorcyclist in Westtown Township.

The family of the victim was promoting new legislation to increase the penalty for repeat DUI offenders when they end up killing someone while driving under the influence.… Read More

NHL Hit with DUI Scandal

Being charged with DUI can happen to anyone. Because the law should work for both ordinary people and those who are in the public eye in the same way, that means that anyone can be charged with a crime.

Recently, professional NHL right wing, Ryan Malone was charged with DUI and possession of cocaine when he was stopped by police officers in Tampa, Florida. Malone was found to have 1.3 grams of cocaine in one of his pockets. Upon refusal to take field sobriety tests, he was administered a blood alcohol test that put his BAC at between 0.112 and 0.116 percent, which is well over the legal limit in the state of Florida.

The charge of drug possession is considered very serious. In a statement to the media by  Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League said:
“We are aware of the situation this morning involving Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone.Read More

What Is the Difference in Consequence between a First and Second DUI?

dui-you-cant-afford-it-pennsylvaniaThere are many events which can result in a drunk driving arrest. The precipitating events range from being caught in a speed trap, to being involved in a traffic accident, to being pulled over for a broken taillight. Those events can then lead to suspicion of drunk driving and a drunk driving arrest.

If you have been arrested, you may feel stress regarding your future options and whether or not you are facing jail time, or the loss of your driving privileges. That stress can be magnified if you have a previous DUI conviction on your record. One of the ways to relieve that stress is to understand the potential consequences of the charges you are facing.

In Pennsylvania, a drunk driving charge is called DUI, which stands for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In most states there are two levels of DUI, charges, one of which is an aggravated DUI.… Read More

Man Arrested After a DUI Crash Spree

Salim VirjiThere isn’t a person alive who doesn’t suffer the occasional lapse in judgment, especially when alcohol is involved. Getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking is a mistake, but that doesn’t mean the one accused of DUI gives up all of his or her rights. A good attorney and a strong defense should always be the first priority in order to make sure any further legal proceedings are fair and just.

A driver who had had a bit too much to drink drove through the South Side of Pittsburgh crashing into things and the entire incident was captured on camera.

Pittsburgh police say the 23-year-old driver was driving around 2:30 in the morning when he ran into two trees, a fence, a telephone pole, two parking signs, seven cars, and a fire hydrant.

He also ran over the foot of a 26-year-old man. The victim was treated at UPMC Mercy Hospital and will make a full recovery.… Read More

8th DUI Lands Man with Homicide by Vehicle

A serial DUI driver who  has been described by one prosecutor as being  “the worst drunk driver in Chester County,  has entered a plea of guilty after his  8th DUI charge when he caused the death of a motorcyclist.

Since 1981, Robert Landis has been arrested on charges of DUI. Half of those arrests took place when his blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. His latest arrest came after his actions took the life of 24 year-old Liam Crowley and have landed him in prison for a 17-year sentence.

“Mr. Landis, that’s almost to the absurdity level, isn’t it?” County Court Judge Anthony Sarcione asked.

Landis answered in agreement with Judge Sarcione and entered a plea of guilty to the charge of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol and without a license. Landis is scheduled to be sentenced in May.

Facing the charge of DUI or DWI is a very serious matter.… Read More

Former Pro Hockey Player Arrested on DUI, Cocaine Charges

Shane HendersonDUI arrests can affect anyone, rich or poor, famous or unknown. The only real difference is often the quality of legal help they can obtain. But today, driving under the influence is such a black mark on one’s reputation, anyone accused of such needs the best possible court representation.

The Tampa Bay Lightning left wing, Ryan Malone, who is a native of St. Clair, has been charged with possession of cocaine and DUI.

A Tampa police lieutenant told reporters the hockey player’s breath smelled like alcohol when he was stopped by an officer. The officer also found 1.3 grams of cocaine on Malone, according to police reports.

The lieutenant said the hockey player also refused to take a field sobriety test. It was only after he was taken to jail that he agreed to a breath test, which registered blood alcohol levels of 0.112 and 0.116 percent. In Florida, the legal limit is 0.08.… Read More

Philadelphia Man Involved in Fatal DUI Crash on I-95

interstate-95A 20-year-old Georgia man stands accused of being intoxicated when he caused a collision April 6 with another vehicle that left the other driver dead and his own passenger critically injured. According to The Philadelphia Enquirer, Gabriel Sanchez, of Rocky Face, Ga., rear-ended a vehicle driven by Aaron Carbajal, age 25, while traveling south on I-95. Following the collision, Carbajal’s vehicle struck a barrier, whereas Sanchez’s vehicle stopped in the middle lane.  Carbajal, a resident of Philadelphia, died at the scene of the accident. Meanwhile, an unrestrained passenger in Sanchez’s vehicle was critically injured and taken to the hospital for treatment. Sanchez also was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, but apparently was not injured. Law enforcement officers reported that Sanchez appeared to be intoxicated, and, as a result, will face charges stemming from the accident.

While this story does not indicate how police officers arrived at the conclusion that Sanchez was intoxicated, there are several indicators that police can go by in determining a driver’s intoxication level, especially following an accident.… Read More

Pittsburgh Officer Charged with DUI

A Pittsburgh police officer who was charged with two counts of DUI and one count of reckless driving appeared in court recently for his formal arraignment.

Officer Michael Lafferty, 30, was charged via summons pertaining to an incident that took place in the 300 block of South Main Street in the West End shortly after 3 a.m. on February 3rd where a two-vehicle accident had taken place. One of the vehicles belonged to Lafferty. The driver of the other car complained of a head pain and was later diagnosed  as having  a concussion after a medical examination.

Initially, Lafferty told fellow officers that he had driven his pickup truck down an on-ramp and lost control. When asked if he would perform a field sobriety test, Lafferty fully cooperated with law enforcement officers but failed the field sobriety tests. When given a blood alcohol test, Lafferty had a level of 0.199, placing him at twice the legal limit.… Read More