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POLITICIANS DON’T GET ELECTED BY MAKING THE LAWS MORE REASONABLE
January 2, 2019

Have you ever heard a political election ad where a politician talks about the laws being too harsh? Have you ever heard politicians saying, “boy, these laws are really tough on everyday hardworking people so let’s make the laws more lenient and reasonable?” Politicians will never make the laws more lenient! It the exact opposite. Politicians are always looking to make headlines by making the laws more severe. They are always trying to impose much tougher penalties. That is exactly what the politicians are doing with the Pennsylvania DUI laws. If you need any further proof that laws are politically… Read More

DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GET A FELONY CONVICTION?
December 26, 2018

If you are facing a felony charge in Pennsylvania, it is important that you understand the impact of this charge. Most people focus on the severity of the legal penalties such as long prison sentences, fines, and restitution, but there are a host of other consequences which may impact the rest of your life, such as: You can’t own or possess a gun You can’t go hunting You can’t vote You can’t travel to Canada and many other foreign countries You can’t work at a school for 10 years You will be terminated from state employment You must notify the… Read More

PENNSYLVANIA IS ABOUT TO GET FELONY DUI OFFENSES
December 20, 2018

For the first time in the history of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there will be felony DUI offenses. On December 23, 2018, Pennsylvania’s DUI law will be changed to include penalties that make certain DUI’s a felony offense. What type of charge am I facing for my DUI to be a felony? If you are facing DUI charges, the following DUI offenses are now felonies: Third DUI Offenses Third DUI offenses within a 10 year period will be graded as a felony if the driver: Had a minor under the age of 18 as a passenger in the vehicle Was… Read More

Are you a CDL driver who has recently gotten a huge fine for an overweight violation?
December 10, 2018

Attorney Mike Sherman is a former Pennsylvania State Police Attorney who can make a difference in these cases. Overweight violations can add up quickly. However, an experienced CDL attorney can help. In many cases, Attorney Mike Sherman was able to negotiate the ticket down to something much more reasonable. Here is an example of a real case of a client who chose Attorney Mike Sherman: Overweight Violation- Fines Reduced by 90% A CDL driver was facing over $30,000.00 in fines for overweight violation. The fine was reduced from $30,000.00 to $3,000.00 and the client never had to attend court. These… Read More

Are you a CDL driver who is being charged with commission of a felony?
December 3, 2018

Attorney Mike Sherman is a former Pennsylvania State Police Attorney who can make a difference in these cases. Using a vehicle to commit a felony, is a major offense which means your CDL will be suspended for at least a year. Here are some things to take into account: It doesn’t matter if the offense occurred in your personal vehicle. Using a vehicle to commit a felony will still result in a license suspension if you are convicted. If this is your first major offense, the license suspension is 1 year.   If this occurred in a HAZMAT vehicle, your… Read More

Are you a CDL driver who has been charged with using a mobile phone while driving? Are you charged with a texting violation?
November 29, 2018

Attorney Mike Sherman is a former Pennsylvania State Police Attorney who can make a difference in these cases. When you are a CDL driver, any mistake you make on the road becomes a serious problem. For a normal driver, it’s okay to use a cell phone while driving. A texting violation is straightforward – you pay a fine. For a CDL driver, a violation for using a cell phone or a texting while driving may end up in you getting suspended/disqualified and losing your job if you were caught in your commercial vehicle. Using a handheld mobile phone while driving… Read More

Pennsylvania Is About to Have Felony DUI Offenses. What Can You Do If You Are Charged With a Felony?
November 29, 2018

Senate Bill 961 is on Governor Tom Wolfe’s desk waiting for his signature. When the bill goes into effect, all 3rd and 4th offense DUI’s will become FELONY offenses! This will be the first time in Pennsylvania history that the state will have felony DUI offenses. What happens if you get convicted of a felony? Some of the many consequences of a felony conviction are: You can’t own or possess a gun You can’t go hunting You can’t vote You can’t travel to Canada and many other foreign countries You can’t work at a school for 10 years You will… Read More

Are you a CDL driver who has been charged with a speeding violation?
November 26, 2018

Attorney Mike Sherman is a former Pennsylvania State Police Attorney who can make a difference in these cases. When you are a CDL driver, any mistake you make on the road becomes a serious problem. For a normal driver, a speeding ticket is straightforward – you pay a fine. For a CDL driver, a speeding ticket may end up in you getting suspended and losing your job. Speeding 15 mph more than the speed limit in a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) is considered a Serious Traffic Offense (STO). Depending on your driving history, this may result in a suspension of… Read More

Time is wasting You need to take action to save the dash cam video!
November 26, 2018

We hear this a lot: “I got stopped for DUI but I wasn’t arrested. The police let me go home and I didn’t even get any paperwork.” You were arrested for DUI. When the police take you for a chemical test of your breath or blood, you are officially under arrest. You will get the paperwork in the mail weeks later. Some police officers file the charges months later. Your first question is probably, “What should I be doing?” You need to immediately hire an experienced DUI defense attorney. There are things the attorney can be doing today to start… Read More

How Accurate are the Portable Breath Tests?
November 22, 2018

Every testing device has its limitations. When you use cheaper devices, you normally compromise reliability and accuracy. This holds true when it comes to portable breath tests. Police officers often use small handheld breath devices to test a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC). Unfortunately, these devices have a number of issues which cause them to report inflated BAC levels. Problem #1: Portable Breath Tests (PBTs) Measure Alcohol in the Breath, Not in the Blood One major issue with breath testing is that it produces a blood alcohol content (BAC) reading when it is actually testing your breath. The machine uses… Read More

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