NOT GUILTY of Murder, NOT GUILTY of Robbery using Fireman
Client Charged with:
Attempt to Commit the Crime of Criminal Homicide – Murder
2 counts - Agg. Assault with Firearm (Handgun) – Felony
5 counts – Misdemeanors
Defendant was alleged to have shot the victim two times at close range with the intent to kill or cause serious bodily injury.
Following a Non-Jury Trial before the Honorable Anthony M. Mariani, Defendant was found NOT GUILTY of Murder - Attempt to Commit Criminal Homicide, Aggravated Assault (intentionally causing injury with a firearm), NOT GUILTY of Robbery using a firearm, GUILTY of Aggravated Assault by recklessly causing serious bodily injury using a firearm, and GUILTY of Misdemeanor crimes. Sentencing has been scheduled for sometime in October 2012.
Commonwealth v. R.R.
Speeding & Traffic Ticket
Jul 16, 2012
Client was charged with:
75§3714 §§A – Careless Driving - Summary
75 §3745 - Leaving Scene of Accident - Summary
Attorney Paletta filed a Conviction Appeal for the two above referenced charges. If found guilty on these two charges, Defendant would incur a suspension of their drivers license due to the assignment of points for these charges exceeding the number of points allowed. In order to avoid a license suspension, a plea to an offense carrying no points or a not-guilty disposition for these two charges is necessary.
Following the conclusion of the Summary Appeal Hearing, Defendant was found Not Guilty on all charges and Defendant was no longer in jeopardy of incurring a license suspension.
Commonwealth v. V.L.
Jun 19, 2012
Guilty Plea to Lower Charge - NO JAIL TIME
Client was charged with violating Title 75 §1543 §§B1 – (Driving License Suspended/Revoked (DUI related) - as a Summary offense.
Following Defendant's Summary Trial, Defendant plead Guilty to a lesser charge - of violating §1543 §§A - Driving While Operating Privileges are Suspended/Revoked, which unlike the original violation charged, carried no jail time.
Commonwealth v. D.H. (DRUG CHARGES)
Jun 05, 2012
Case Dismissed / Nolle Prosse- NOT GUILTY
Client was charged with numerous Drug Charges including...2 counts of Manufacture, Delivery or Possession with Intent to Deliver as Felony offenses and 1 count of Possession of a Controlled Substance charged as a Misdemeanor.
With the use of a Confidential Informant, Police allege that Defendant was involved in activity related to the above charges.
The Commonwealth DISMISSED their case against Defendant and ALL CHARGES WERE NOLLE PROSSED. Defendant was not convicted of any crime.
Commonwealth v. L.K. (DUI - 2nd Offense)
DUI & DWI
May 18, 2012
All DUI Charges WITHDRAWN and Defendant found NOT GUILTY. Defendant plead Guilty to Careless Driving as a Summary Offense
Client was charged with numerous offenses including Violation of Title 75 §3802 §§A1 (DUI: Gen Imp/Inc of Driving Safely) as a Misdemeanor, 75 §3301 §§D2 (DUI: Controlled Substance – Impaired Ability) as a Misdemeanor, 75 §3714 §§A(Careless Driving) as a Summary, 75 §3802 §§A1 (Reckless Driving) as a Summary offense.
Case Facts: Police arrive at the scene of a motor vehicle accident in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and observe Defendant in an ambulance. Defendant was transported to the hospital where asked to submit to a blood draw, which was refused. Upon being released from the hospital, Defendant was immediately arrested for Driving Under the Influence, transported to the police station and administered the Field Sobriety Tests. Defendant, already having an active DUI case, faced penalties for a Second Offense, in addition to a 1 year license suspension if found guilty.
Verdict: Attorney Paletta presented a Motion to Suppress, alleging that the arrest of Defendant was made without a warrant, Probable Cause or exigent circumstances. The Judge GRANTED Attorney Paletta’s Motion to Suppress with respect to all DUI charges. The Commonwealth filed a Petition for Partial Nolle Prosse. ALL DUI CHARGES AGAINST DEFENDANT WERE NOLLE-PROSSED/ WITHDRAWN. DEFENDANT PLEAD GUILTY TO THE CARELESS DRIVING – SUMMARY OFFENSE. With these charges Withdrawn, Defendant was now eligible for admission into the A.R.D. program on the previous (First) DUI case.
Commonwealth v. D.D.
Speeding & Traffic Ticket
May 08, 2012
Original charge Withdrawn. Guilty Plea to lower charge carrying no points,
Defendant charged with violating Title 75 §3365 §§B - SPEEDING IN SCHOOL ZONE
Defendant accepted a Plea Bargain to violating § 3111 - Obedience to traffic-control devices, which carried no points. In exchange, the violation at §3365§§B was Withdrawn.