Spotlight Issue: What does the legalization of medical marijuana mean for DUI law in Berks County?

July 27th, 2018

Pennsylvania legalized marijuana for limited medical purposes in August of 2016 and dispensaries are now operating. Although the law has been passed, there is still much work to be done in order to implement the program and to ensure that medical marijuana usage is legal and safe. One area in which there is a still [...]

Spotlight Issue: Loss of driver’s license for driving with suspended registration

July 3rd, 2018

In Pennsylvania, many motor vehicle offenses result in a driver’s license suspension that isn’t immediately apparent to the driver. One such offense is driving a vehicle with a suspended registration. Vehicle registration can be suspended for 3 reasons – lapse in insurance coverage, as the result of a citation or accident, or because of unpaid [...]

ENM Law News: Recent Berks County custody cases

June 25th, 2018

Berks County custody cases often all follow a similar path. But sometimes a client comes to our office with an unusual set a circumstances and we have to think outside the box and act quickly. Here are details of two such Berks County custody cases that Attorney McAllister handled recently. A father came into our [...]

ENM Law News: Client found “not guilty” of ICC charge

May 29th, 2018

While a Protection from Abuse matter in Pennsylvania is a civil matter, a violation of the PFA becomes a criminal charge called Indirect Criminal Contempt (ICC). Defendants in Berks County are scheduled for ICC court and a hearing is held to determine whether the PFA was violated. An ICC charge carries a maximum permissible sentence [...]

Spotlight Issue: Kutztown University student found “not guilty” of underage drinking charge

May 22nd, 2018

While underage drinking may not seem like a decision that will have long term consequences, many Berks County college students find out the hard way that the penalties can be stiff. While it is most commonly referred to as the underage drinking law, the law in Pennsylvania penalizes more than just the consumption of alcohol [...]

Spotlight Issue: DUS Intermediate Punishment (DUS/IPP)

April 27th, 2018

Getting caught driving with a suspended license in Berks County usually results in a fine and additional license suspension (read more about 1543(a) violations here), but make the same mistake with a DUI suspended license and you’re looking at a mandatory jail sentence. If you’re facing the possibility of jail time for a 1543(b) charge [...]

Spotlight Issue: Negotiated dismissals – Rules 546 and 586

March 27th, 2018

If you’ve been charged with a crime in Berks County and part of the charge contains an allegation that you owe something to someone else (usually money), your attorney may be able to negotiate a dismissal upon satisfaction being made to the aggrieved party. This type of disposition is pursuant to Rule 586 (in front [...]

Spotlight Issue: Unemployment compensation hearings

February 23rd, 2018

If you’ve been fired from your job in Berks County, PA, what should be your first step to secure a source of income? You must file for unemployment compensation. As long as you meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive payments. There are two requirements to be eligible 1) you must have earned enough wages [...]

ENM Law News: Unemployment compensation appeal win

February 23rd, 2018

After being terminated from a job and denied unemployment compensation, a recent client came to ENM Law for advice. The client’s former employer reported that the client didn’t follow proper procedures for calling off of work and eventually quit. Our client denied these claims of wilful misconduct. Attorney McAllister filed an appeal of the denial [...]

Spotlight Issue: Social media and family law

January 30th, 2018

You may not realize the significance of social media posts in your Berks County family law case until it is too late. For that reason, think before you post! Having a social media presence is expected and common these days, but when you’re embroiled in a contentious custody, divorce or support case, what you post [...]

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