Month: November 2015

Assault Charges Dropped in Toddler Crash, but DUI Questions Remain

images (35)A Dunbar couple who were facing felony assault charges after their toddler was thrown from an all-terrain vehicle they were driving has had those charges thrown out by a judge.

According to court documents, Fayette County prosecutors acknowledged that the two most serious charges — aggravated assault and aggravated assault by vehicle while under the influence – were not warranted because the 18-month-old boy had not suffered serious bodily injury.

At the time of the incident, State police believed that Eric Ritenour, 24, and Krystal Hall, 25, had been under the influence of prescription pills that had been found at the scene immediately following the crash on September 17th.

At the time of the accident the toddler was treated at an area hospital. He did not have a serious head injury as investigators first believed.

The couples remained in jail and were ordered to stand trial on the remaining charges. The charges include child endangerment, driving under the influence and simple assault; all of which are considered misdemeanors.… Read More

Woman Sentenced to Prison for DUI Crash

attorney-pg-blurred-v2A woman from southern New Jersey has been sentenced to more than seven years incarceration after being convicted for hitting three Rowan University students while driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to court documents, Kelli Hennessey, of Franklin Township, on this her fourth drunken driving conviction has been sentenced to 90 months in prison. The conviction centers on the July assault by motor vehicle when she hit three students who were attempting to cross the street in Glassboro. The students suffered leg injuries, and one of those hit by Hennessey suffered a broken collarbone.

In court, Hennessey testified that an acquaintance was driving the car and then fled after the accident. However, an officer testified in court that Hennessey had admitted at the scene at the time of the accident that she was the one who had been driving.

Tests at the time of the accident revealed that Hennessey had a blood alcohol level of .13 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.… Read More

Legislator Gets Lucky with DUI Sentence

philadelphia-county-300x200A Pennsylvania lawmaker, who had been accused of riding his motorcycle while under the influence, will be accepted into a program for first-time offenders, even though this latest DUI arrest will be his third.

According to court records, Senator Pat Browne (R., Lehigh) was charged in May after he crashed his vehicle on an I-78 off-ramp. At the time of the accident, tests indicated that Browne had a blood alcohol level of 0.09 percent, just slightly above the legal limit of 0.08 per cent.

Lehigh County Court Judge Kelly Banach has allowed Browne to enter into the state’s accelerated rehabilitative disposition program. If Browne abides by the conditions of the program, he will avoid a mandatory three-day prison term and $1,000 fine and the DUI incident will not appear on his permanent driving record.

This marks Browne’s third DUI in 20 years, with the prior DUI incident on record being 16 years ago.… Read More

Supporters of Nun Charged with DUI Start Petition

Last week, the archdiocese placed Sister Kimberly Miller on administrative leave after images surfaced that showed the sister failing a field sobriety test.

Sister Kimberly Miller has been accused of backing a pickup into the front door of a Meineke Auto Shop in Turnersville at approximately 3:00 a.m. on November 7th.

Police stopped the truck a short distance away and a passerby recorded video of an officer administering the test to the sister.

It’s possible to make a mistake no matter who you are. While it is never a good idea to get behind the wheel after you have been drinking, even when accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, a person is entitled to a defense in a court of law. Everyone can potentially have a lapse in judgement. When accused of DUI, having a solid defense lawyer who will fight on your side is essential.

The Law Offices of Steven E.… Read More

Man Found Guilty of Homicide by Vehicle

images (13)A man from Upper Gwynedd has been found guilty of Homicide by Vehicle for his connection to an April 2013 accident that killed a 21-year-old man in Salford Township where he left the scene of the deadly crash.

Sean Sperl lost control of his vehicle on a curve while traveling of speeds in excess of 80 mph, when the car struck a utility pole and split the car in half. The accident took the life of Ryan Petrille.

Court documents indicate that Sperl woke up in a shed hours later with no memory of the crash. Authorities measured Sperl’s blood alcohol content four hours after the deadly accident at more than 0.16 – more than twice the legal limit. However, Sperl’s attorney argued that Sperl may have been drinking while he was in the shed.

Even with the guilty verdict, however, a Montgomery County Jury found him not guilty of being under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.… Read More

Red Light Runner Leaves One Dead, One Critical

download (99)An accident in Delaware on Saturday night has left one elderly woman dead and an elderly man in critical condition.

According to police, Phyllis Kessler, 69, and Melvin Kessler, 76, both of Bear, had been travelling on Route 40 at the ramp to northbound Route 1 in Bear at approximately 10:22 p.m. The driver of a 2005 Ford Expedition ran a red light and crashed into the side of their car.

Phyllis Kessler was taken to Christiana Hospital where she died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the crash. Melvin Kessler was also taken to Christiana Hospital, where he remains in critical but stable condition.

Police have identified the driver of the Ford Expedition as Cristobal Guzman-Martinez, 30. Guzman-Martinez was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and walked away from the wreckage unscathed. Guzman-Martinez was later arrested at the scene of the crash on the charge of driving under the influence, vehicular homicide, vehicle assault, driving without a license and no proof of insurance.… Read More

Fatal Hit and Run Crash Goes to Trial

download (98)A Lansdale man is currently on trial, accused of fleeing the scene of a DUI crash in 2013, leaving his friend to die alone on a rural Montgomery County road.

Sean Sperl, who was 21 at the time of the crash, had been at a Phillies game in April, 2013, drinking all day when he crashed his car into a telephone police on Ridge Road at around midnight. The crash left his backseat passenger, Ryan Petrille 21, dead. Sperl and another passenger fled the scene of the fatal accident.

The other passenger called his father, went home and contacted police while Sperl woke up in a shed near the crash scene several hours later. After regaining consciousness, Sperl had the homeowner call the authorities.

Even after hours following the crash, Sperl had a blood alcohol level at twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Legal counsel for Sperl argue that the authorities jumped to a conclusion and did not do an adequate investigation, rushing to the conclusion that Sperl had been driving at the time of the accident.… Read More

Alleged DUI Driver Crashes Into Taco Bell

download (97)Anyone can make a poor choice in life. Some poor choices have more serious and far reaching consequences than others do, however. A poor choice that many people make is the choice to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

That is what happened when Delaware State Police arrested a man after he crashed into a Taco Bell in Wilmington last week.

The driver is identified as Lonney Stewart. On Thursday, Stewart crashed his vehicle into a Wilmington Taco Bell restaurant. Stewart has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without a license.
A DUI charge on your record can ruin a reputation. Having multiple charges can close many doors in life. It can cost you your job and your livelihood. That is why having a good defense lawyer on your side is vital.

A DUI defense lawyer will do everything possible in order to either reduce or eliminate the charges that have been filed against their client.… Read More