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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

A DUI Lawyer You Can Trust
February 12, 2013

I explain to every client who walks into my office that there are ways to fight DUI cases but you have to hire an expert. An expert who is trained and educated in the operations of forensic laboratories will often find that the blood or breath test results in DUI cases do not produce reliable results. In several of my cases, a chemist who is a nationally known laboratory auditor uncovered serious operational flaws in two specific cases involving the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office. Creating Pennsylvania DUI Resources My expertise goes beyond being a DUI lawyer. I wrote the book on PA… Read More

DUI Testing In Pennsylvania
January 22, 2013

The Truth Should Set You Free If you get pulled over, the officer will probably ask you to get out of the car and do some coordination exercises. Field sobriety tests are tough, and they’re the first step in the DUI testing process. You don’t get to practice, and if you are overweight, you don’t stand a chance. But you know how much you drank and feel that you should pass. The next thing you know, you are getting handcuffed and taken for a blood test. While you are extremely nervous and anxious, you start to feel confident because you think the blood… Read More

A DUI Stop Can Happen To Anyone
January 11, 2013

The scene is all too familiar: you go out for a couple of drinks. Maybe you stopped on the way home from work to celebrate closing that big business deal. Maybe you were at a wedding where you only had a couple of drinks so your spouse or date could drink. Maybe you went “out on the town” with your buddies but you really didn’t drink much because you were the designated driver. You even stopped for pizza before getting on the road just so enough time passed before you got behind the wheel. You felt fine. You started driving… Read More

Be Prepared This Holiday Season!
November 21, 2012

It’s not just football, stuffing, and mashed potatoes that come with the Turkey every Thanksgiving. Often, a lot of cocktails are being served as well. You can almost bet your house that this holiday weekend you will drive through a DUI Checkpoint. Be prepared for DUI Checkpoints! With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, DUI Checkpoints will be everywhere. Be prepared! If you go out this Thanksgiving weekend, do yourself a favor. Take a few minutes to plan for getting home. And while you’re at it, line up a backup plan, too. Consider your many options Drink at a place within walking… Read More

PA Blood Alcohol Testing
December 2, 2011

In almost every DUI case, the motorist is asked to take a chemical test of his blood, breath, or urine. The courts often view chemical test evidence as “scientific” and really don’t look at how the results were reached. Often, attorneys do not even look at how their client’s chemical test results were reached. This is important in DUI defense because forensic testing for blood alcohol results is fraught with error. Blood Alcohol Testing results can be used in Court Typically, prosecutors call a witness from the crime lab to appear in court and testify that a motorist’s blood alcohol content was… Read More