Month: October 2014

8-year-old Caught Trying to Drive Drunk Father Home

Making the decision to get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated is a case of poor judgment. This is especially true when children are involved. But even when someone makes such a mistake, it doesn’t mean the one accused has to give 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 that they are insured a fair trial.

According to Pennsylvania State Police an Indiana County father has been accused of being charged with child endangerment after allowing his 8-year-old son to drive his vehicle while he was intoxicated. The boy drove the car into a tree, injuring both father and son.

Police have charged Robinson resident, Frank Gordon Conway, 46, with the misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person, as well as summary violations of permitting an unauthorized person to drive and permitting violation of title.… Read More

Police Station Parking Job Leads to DUI Charge

Choosing to drive while under the influence of alcohol is never a good idea. Sometimes impairment behind the wheel can be severe enough to cause a driver to go the wrong way and potentially cause serious injuries or worse.

One woman is finding this out first hand after she allegedly chose to get behind the wheel of her car and drove into the parking lot of a police station going the wrong way while intoxicated.

According to authorities, on October 5th at approximately 5:00 a.m., the Bass River Police Station received a call about a wrong way driver that was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway at mile marker 51.

Upon investigation of the call, State Trooper Kimberly Snyder witnessed Colleen Johnson, 56, of Egg Harbor Township, pulling into the station parking lot from the southbound lanes and strike a curb as she pulled into a parking slot.… Read More

Steeler’s Player Waives Preliminary Hearing in Drug DUI Case

Life is all about making choices. Everyone, no matter who they are, has made a wrong choice at one time or another. Anyone can make a mistake and change their life for the better by learning from the experience.

This is the case for Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell. Recently, Bell chose to waive his right to a preliminary hearing after being charged with marijuana possession DUI charges earlier this year.

According to officials, Bell, 22, and teammate, LeGarrette Blount, 27, were placed under arrest on August 20th of this year when a motorcycle officer indicated he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle they were in.

Bell appeared with his agent and attorneys in court to face the charges of both DUI and possession of an illegal substance. Bell waived his right to the preliminary hearing.

The judge ordered Gateway Rehabilitation to conduct a drug and alcohol interview and to determine a possible treatment plan for Bell.… Read More

Delaware Man Charged with DUI in Fatal Accident

hykuIn Delaware, a 55 year old man was arrested on October 12th for allegedly hitting two young men who were walking down the road.

The two young men were taken to the hospital, where one victim was pronounced dead. The other victim was treated for minor injuries before he was released. Police reported that the driver of the car had been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. The man was taken in to custody.

The choice to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a very dangerous decision for both the driver and the innocent people on the road. Choosing to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated can lead to injuries and, in cases like this, death. Sadly mistakes happen and people make poor decisions. The cost of a mistake like this can be cripplingly high. That is why it is necessary to secure a top of the line defense attorney.… Read More

Police: Drunken Father Allows 8-Year-Old Son to Drive

Bpotmultichill via Wikimedia Creative Commons LicensePeople make mistakes, and unfortunately, drinking can sometimes make this tendency worse. Alcohol often impairs judgment, so anyone can have a little and still feel safe to get behind the wheel, not even aware he or she is, in fact, driving while under the influence. Likewise, those who have had a bit more may do things they might never have considered when sober. People who make such mistakes, especially if it’s the first time, should not have to pay harsh penalties like the loss of driving privileges or jail time. It’s important for anyone facing DUI charges to obtain a skilled  DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible.

An intoxicated Indiana County father let his 8-year-old son drive his vehicle and was charged with child endangerment after the boy hit a tree into the vehicle. Both father and son were injured, said Pennsylvania State Police.

The father has been charged with a number of misdemeanors involving the endangerment of the welfare of a child, and reckless endangerment of others, in addition to charges of letting an unauthorized person operate his vehicle.… Read More

NJ Turnpike Wrong-Way Driver Suspected of DWI Crashes at Police Station

Matty RingThere may be some DUI cases that look completely hopeless for the defendant, but that is rarely the case. The fact remains that everyone has rights under the law, but to full take advantage of these rights, it’s necessary to hire a skilled DUI defense lawyer who knows the law and is determined to fight for his or her client every step of the way.

New Jersey State Police say a woman was not only driving while drunk, she pulled into the parking lot of a police station in the wrong direction while doing so.

Around 5 in the morning, officers working out of the Bass River Station received a call regarding a driver going north on the southbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway.

According to investigators, a trooper was leaving the station to investigate the report of the wrong-way driver when she saw the 56-year-old suspect of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, turn into the station from the southbound lanes and run into the curb as she tried to find a parking space.… Read More

Philadelphia Mercedes Driver Faces DUI Charges After Hitting Two Other Vehicles

Tanell TeemuskEveryone, no matter who they are, deserves a fair defense when accused of a criminal offense, including those suspected of DUI-related charges. Often, the stigma that goes with a drunken driving charge makes it very difficult to see that the defense gets an equal hearing with the prosecution, but a good defense attorney can make sure the defendant’s story is told, preserving the fundamental rights of his or her client.

A man driving a white Mercedes crashed into two cars on both sides of the street, then tried to flee the scene of the accident in another vehicle, police say.

Cheltenham Township Police said the Mercedes sped past a red light, hit a car, and then swerved to it a second car on the other side of the street, around 2 in the morning.

The driver then got out of the Mercedes and got into another vehicle that appeared to be waiting for him, according to investigators.… Read More

Driver in Cheltenham Avenue Crash To Face DUI Charges

Benoit CarsNear the beginning of October, a man in a white Mercedes ran a red light and crashed into a car. After hitting the first car he swerved and crashed into a second car. He then jumped out of his car and into a getaway car.

There was a short chase before police caught up to the second car and took the man into custody. Luckily no one was killed and those involved in the accident only suffered minor injuries. Police have stated that they are expecting the charge the man with a DUI.

Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs can lead to some bad decisions that can have a lifelong impact. That is why it is imperative to have a good defense attorney. The right attorney will fight the charges and help you move on with your life. We at the Law Offices of Steven E. Kellis have extensive experience and knowledge.… Read More

Delaware Man Faces Serious Consequences After DUI Arrest

BanspyA car accident is always a terrible thing, even the ones considered minor, by most. If drunk driving is suspected, that only makes it worse for the accused driver. DUI is a serious offense in Pennsylvania and carries with it serious consequences. The prosecution will likely go for the harshest possible penalty. It takes a skilled and experienced DUI defense attorney to see that any judgments passed are fair to the defendant, as well as to anyone hurt in an accident.

A Delaware man struck and killed one man and injured another one, allegedly due to drunk driving.

Around 1 in the morning, a 19-year-old man, a 20-year-old man, and four others were walking on a road in Wilmington when the two men were hit by a 2009 Nissan Altima.

The two were taken to Christiana Hospital, where the 19-year-old man was later pronounced dead. The 20-year-old sustained only minor injuries.… Read More

Senate Unanimously Approves Increase in Use of Interlock Ignitions for DUI Offenders

HBarrisonThis month, the state Senate of Pennsylvania has unanimously agreed to send a bill the state House that would increase the use of ignition interlock devices. If this bill passes through the house, the ignition interlock devices would be required for all everyone that is found guilty of driving under the influence. This includes first time offenders if their blood alcohol level is at or above 0.10. The device will be required to be installed in the offender’s car for a minimum of one year.

 The current law in Pennsylvania requires the use of an ignition interlock device for a year if the driver is facing his second DUI and beyond.

 Increasing the punishment for driving under the influence also increases the need for a good attorney. It makes it that much more imperative that the accused has someone to fight for their rights. With the proper attorney, charges can be lessened or dropped.… Read More