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Steven Ernest Kellis

Philadelphia DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. In PA, can I sue the bar that served a patron who was charged with DUI after he totalled my parked vehicle?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Steven Ernest Kellis
    2. Michael Lawrence Doyle
    2 lawyer answers

    The bar can be sued but it is difficult to make the case. You would have to show extreme negligence regarding the bar meaning that the bartender was serving a person he knew to be intoxicated. This is commonly referred to as a "dramshop" case. In your case it would be better to go after the driver's insurance company for the damages to your parked vehicle. This would only be a property damage case and not a personal injury case unless you were sitting in the parked car and you were injured.

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  2. Turning myself in for a DUI in Philadelphia doing 72 hours can bring clean clothes underwear, or soap or washcloth

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Brian M. Fishman
    2. Steven Ernest Kellis
    3. James Lawrence Knox
    3 lawyer answers

    When you check into the jail, the deputies will take your clothes and issue you jail clothes. You will then be searched for contraband. When you are released 72 hours later, you will get your belongings back. The best advise I can give you is to call the Sheriff's Department at the jail to ask exactly what you can bring in to the jail. Steven E. Kellis, Esq. 215-940-1200

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  3. Could I get probation or house arrest instead of jail time ? Or anything opposed to jail time

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Brian M. Fishman
    2. John M. Walsh
    3. Michael Lawrence Doyle
    4. Steven Ernest Kellis
    4 lawyer answers

    Your question is somewhat confusing. Is this a 2nd DUI or a 3rd DUI. I will assume the October 2011 DUI is still open and you are asking if there is a possibility of house arrest instead of jail time. This will depend on your BAC level if you are in Tier 2 (.10 %- .16%) or in Tier 3 (>.16%). If this is a Philadelphia DUI case and you reside in Philadelphia, there is a good possibility you will be eligible for the DUI Treatment Court and the 90 days mandatory minimum on a Tier 3 (2nd DUI)...

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  4. How can I get a carry permit in pa

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Jason S Dunkle
    2. David Bradley
    3. Steven Ernest Kellis
    3 lawyer answers

    The challenge form can still be filled out but will most likely be denied. I assume this was your second DUI and you were in Tier 3 which would make it a 1st degree misdemeanor (M1). The mandatory minimum sentence is 90 days but the maximum sentence is five years which of course exceeds the two years for a carry permit in Pennsylvania. Steven E. Kellis, Esq. 215-940-1200

  5. Is a DUI grounds for losing custody?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey B. Engle
    2. Forest Dean Morgan
    3. Steven Ernest Kellis
    3 lawyer answers

    Your boyfriend can try to fight the decision by the court but he must show that him being on house arrest does not affect the well being of his three year old daughter. If someone is on house arrest, he is restricted in many ways and this was part of the argument that his ex most likely used to gain full custody of the child. There is no information on the boyfriend's past criminal history or prior DUI's or other facts the judge may have considered when he awarded full custody to the ex.

  6. Is there a statute of limitations for a dui in pennsylvania?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. David Bradley
    2. Michael Lawrence Doyle
    3. Ellis B. Klein
    4. Adam D. Zucker
    5. Ted Harvatin
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    The charges will not just go away. There will always be a bench warrant on you until the bench warrant is lifted by appearing in court. The statute of limitations only takes place between the incident date and the time the charges are filed. In your case, the charges have already been filed and the statute of limitations is not an issue. It would be best to hire an attorney.

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