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What are the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests?
November 20, 2018

One of the ways police officers screen for DUI is to administer physical tests called the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs). These are a series of three tests: The one leg stand – in which the driver is instructed to stand steadily on one leg The walk in turn – in which the driver is supposed to walk a straight line, turn and walk a straight line again The horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) – in which the driver is instructed to follow the finger of the officer with their eyes The officers then observe whether a person stumbles or is… Read More

Why Mike Sherman? He Wrote the Book on PA DUI Law
November 15, 2018

There are a lot of DUI attorneys out there. So what sets Attorney Mike Sherman apart from the others? Here are some reasons why: He’s a Former Pennsylvania State Police Attorney Another reason you should consider is: He Wrote the Book on Pennsylvania DUI Law Attorney Mike Sherman has co-authored a book entitled Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence — Law & Practice. This is a book that other attorneys use all across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Why is this so important? Being asked to write a book to teach other lawyers what to do in a DUI case speaks to… Read More

A DUI will cost more than you know: Car Insurance
November 12, 2018

A lot of people tend to focus on the legal penalties for DUI but forget about all the other consequences stemming from a DUI conviction. One of the biggest places you will get hit is on your insurance bill. The reasons are pretty obvious. Any traffic violation will give car insurance companies reason to increase your premiums. Since a DUI is a much more serious offense than speeding, the increase is substantially larger. In fact, there have been drivers in the Pittsburgh area who had insurance companies altogether refuse to cover them. The ones that were willing to, charged exorbitant… Read More

Things Lawyers say that should make you RUN: If you don’t hire me you will go to Jail!
November 5, 2018

There are a lot of attorneys out there. It can be very confusing when choosing a lawyer to defend your DUI case. This is an important choice so you should take your time to make an educated decision. Some of the lawyers you will come across have obvious red flags which should cause you to RUN. Unfortunately, most clients don’t know they are paying for a bad attorney until it is too late. At that point, there is normally significant damage done to their case. In this series, we will highlight 10 things you will probably hear from attorneys that… Read More

Important Information for CDL Drivers Charged with DUI
November 1, 2018

For many people, a license suspension is a major inconvenience. For CDL drivers, it could spell the end of their career. CDL drivers face stricter penalties for a DUI in Pennsylvania, even if the incident happened in a personal, non commercial vehicle. The main thing to remember is that a DUI conviction will result in a one year suspension of your commercial license. A second DUI will result in a lifetime ban. Keep in mind, that is a one year ban on paper. In reality, many companies refuse to hire drivers who have a DUI on their record. Many Pittsburgh… Read More

Why Mike Sherman? He’s a Former PSP Attorney
October 29, 2018

There are a lot of DUI attorneys out there. So what sets Attorney Mike Sherman apart from the others? He’s a Former Pennsylvania State Police Attorney Attorney Mike Sherman has over 30 years of legal experience. In that time, he has also worked as an attorney for the Pennsylvania State Police. He worked on many different criminal cases including DUI cases. Why is this experience worth highlighting? This experience is important because it gives Attorney Sherman insight into both sides of the law. Prosecutors have different motivations and goals and knowing this allows him to position his case in a… Read More

Why ARD is not an Option for CDL Drivers Charged with a DUI in PA
October 24, 2018

Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) is a special pre-trial intervention program in Pennsylvania. It is much like probation and is an option for some first time DUI offenders. For normal drivers, it saves them from the possibility of jail, suspension of their license, and a criminal record. However, the rules are different for CDL drivers. For CDL drivers charged with a DUI, taking the ARD option will still result in suspension of their commercial license! I said that in big, bold letters because I want to make it absolutely clear. ARD is not the right option for CDL drivers. Many lawyers… Read More

Things Lawyers say that should make you RUN: Look at my Awards
October 22, 2018

There are a lot of attorneys out there. It can be very confusing when choosing a lawyer to defend your DUI case. This is an important choice so you should take your time to make an educated decision. Some of the lawyers you will come across have obvious red flags which should cause you to RUN. Unfortunately, most clients don’t know they are paying for a bad attorney until it is too late. At that point, there is normally significant damage done to their case. In this series, we will highlight 10 things you will probably hear from attorneys that… Read More

Mike Sherman Featured In Article On Law Change To Reduce Repeat Drunken-Driving Offenses
February 12, 2014

Mike Sherman was recently interviewed by public radio station WHYY-FM, of Philadelphia, about a change to PA law that would require ALL DUI offenders to have an ignition interlock. This change would require low-risk, first-time offenders who have never been in trouble before to have an ignition interlock, which involves a driver blowing into a breathalyzer-like device in order to start their car engine. There is no data showing that first offenders will not re-offend if they are required to have this ignition interlock, and this could cause people who have been employed for decades to lose their job because they cannot… Read More

Police Must Have Warrant For Blood Draw In DUI Cases
June 4, 2013

On April 17, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that will affect all Pennsylvania motorists. In McNeely v. Missouri, No. 11-1425, __U.S.__ (April 17, 2013), the Supreme Court ruled that, absent exigent circumstances, the police must obtain a search warrant before they can require a motorist to submit to a blood draw in DUI cases. What constitutes “exigent circumstances” will be decided on a case-by-case basis. McNeely changes the dynamics of handling DUI cases: you must move to suppress the blood alcohol content result in cases where the blood was drawn without the officer first obtaining a search warrant.… Read More