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 [...]

Spotlight Issue: New tax law will affect alimony deduction

January 6th, 2018

The new tax law makes many changes to the existing tax structure, but for our purposes we will only discuss the one which clearly impacts Berks County family law clients: the removal of the alimony deduction. Alimony is a regular payment made to a spouse during the pendency of a divorce (alimony pendente lite) or [...]

ENM Law News: “Not guilty” verdict in Homicide trial

December 27th, 2017

A criminal case can’t get much more serious than a murder charge and not all attorneys are capable of handling this type of case. However, when Attorney Nevins was given the responsibility of representing a client accused of criminal homicide in Reading, PA, he knew that he was up to the challenge. Our client was [...]

ENM Law News: Felony Burglary charge dismissed at preliminary hearing

December 17th, 2017

Usually, a Reading, PA attorney’s first chance to make a difference in your criminal case is at the preliminary hearing. The Commonwealth has to present evidence of a prima facie case in order for the charges to be bound over to the Berks County Court of Common Pleas. All preliminary hearings for cases within the [...]

Spotlight Issue: Berks County emergency custody petitions

November 19th, 2017

What do you do if you do not have a current custody order and your child’s other parent is not allowing you to see your child? In Berks County, you will need to file a custody complaint as soon as possible. The good news is that once your complaint is filed, you will be scheduled [...]

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