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Zachary Cooper

Zachary Cooper’s Answers

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  • Can a DUI be reduced at the Preliminary hearing and if so, is it likely?

    I was arrested at the end of February 2014 for DUI, they just filed the charges this week in Pennsylvania. The police said if I make some drug buys for them that could help me. What are the chances if I make several buys like they want that they w...

    Zachary’s Answer

    First and foremost make sure you hire a good attorney who practices in this area. It is never a guarantee that the District Attorneys office will lower or drop a DUI at the preliminary. You should not enter into an agreement or proffer with the police to make "drug buys" without talking with an attorney. Again, you have a lot of variables in play here and an attorney would want to know more about tr underlying DUI as well. I strongly suggest reaching out to a qualified DUI attorney who can go over all of your options with you as well as possible defenses.

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  • Underage drinking expunging?

    I went to the magistrate and paid the court fine. I accepted the license suspension and classes. Ill be taking the classes soon but my license suspension will be in September to November. I was wondering if this will be expunged from my record aft...

    Zachary’s Answer

    I would make sure that you talk with an attorney in the area where this occurred. If you pled guilty to underage drinking you would be able to have that expunged when you turn 21 years of age. It is always good to talk with an attorney before entering any plea because there may be a defense that you can use or a problem with the commonwealth's case against you.

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  • DUI process

    If the preliminary hearing was waived and also the arraignment, will there definately be a pre trail conference if the person is attempting to enter the ARD program?

    Zachary’s Answer

    It will depend on the County you are in and the Judge. Some Judges will continue the pre-trial conference while your ARD application is pending while other will still want you to appear. I want to make sure you go into this with an attorney who is familiar with the rules of Court and will make sure that you get the very best possible outcome in your case.

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  • How do I get a public defender?

    I am a 20 year old male and I was charged with a DUI in Montgomery County, PA (First offense) as well as an underage drinking charge. This is my first offense of any kind. I am a full-time college student and have a part-time job. My Preliminary a...

    Zachary’s Answer

    You would have to apply for a public defender in Montgomery County to make sure you qualify. Call 610-278-3000 and ask to be connected to their offices tomorrow.

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  • Penn State Underage Drinking Citation, should I plead guilty or not?

    I just received a citation for underage drinking, the police asked me a couple of questions and then I was sent to the hospital where I had blood tests done. I do not care much about the fine and can hire a lawyer, but I cannot have a record ...

    Zachary’s Answer

    Enter a plea of not guilty and hire an attorney.

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  • Should I file for an OLL before my refusal appeal date with PennDot ?

    My appeal date with PennDot for refusing to take a blood test (complied with breath test but was never told what they wanted me to sign which was the blood work form) is in about two weeks and I was wondering if I should file a petition for an OLL...

    Zachary’s Answer

    You are not eligiable for an OLL through PENNDOT for a refusal. I would contact a qualified attorney to go over your options.

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  • Dui Upper levels

    After a DUI and possible incarcenation, are there programs out there to help people get back on there feet again? Not having the ability to drive?

    Zachary’s Answer

    I would talk with your attorney who should be able to give some direction to you. Every case is different but depending on your circumstances you MAY be eligibale for an occupational limited license with PENNDOT.

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  • I got a citation for underage drinking & the cops didn't see me with any alcohol or conduct a field sobriety test. Am I guilty?

    I was walking home from a friends party and was about 10 feet away from my apartment when some cops called me over to their car. They asked me if I had anything to drink to which I said I had a beer about 5 hours ago. They then wrote me a citation...

    Zachary’s Answer

    First thing you should do is enter a plea of not guilty and request a hearing. Next make sure to hire an attorney who handles underage drinking cases so they can go over all of your options including possible defenses.

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  • Filed a PennDot appeal with the Prothonotary Office myself for refusal in DUI case. Do I qualify for an OLL or PL ?

    Officer gave me breath test but never explained what they wanted me to sign or why (turned out to be blood test request). PennDot wants to suspend my license for one year and I currently go to school full time and work full time with commuting 45m...

    Zachary’s Answer

    If you are charged with a refusal and PENNDOT suspends your license for 1 year unfortunately you are not eligible for an OLL. Likewise, if your license is suspended 1-2 months while on ARD you would not qualify for an OLL. I would suggest talking with an attorney in the area where this occurred so you know what your options are.

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  • How can I tell if I was put into an ARD program when I was in college ?

    Currently facing a first time DUI charge and officer agreed to accept an ARD but was not sure if an underage in college was simply downgraded or if I was put into the program. (Roughly 8 years ago)

    Zachary’s Answer

    I would contact am attorney where this occurred and they should be able to find this information out for you. Every County handles ARD differently so you will want to make sure you speak with an attorney who understands practices in the area.

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