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Commonwealth v. B.P.
CHARGES: Public Intoxication; Public Urination.
RESULT: Pre-Trial Program; citations dismissed.
Defendant was frequenting the many bars and clubs on the Carson Street
Strip on the Southside of Pittsburgh and simply had too much to drink.
Defendant left on of the many establishments searching for a taxi. While
waiting for the cab, the Defendant sought to relieve himself in between
two buildings and was stopped by police officers. Defendant was arrested
and cited for
public intoxication and
referred to Attorney Frank Walker by a friend and former client who faced similar charges. Attorney Walker agreed to
meet with the Defendant and accepted the case after reviewing the paperwork
and the Defendant's lack of criminal history. As in his normal custom,
Attorney Walker required the Defendant to complete certain mandatory tasks
prior to the
Preliminary Hearing to aid the resolution of the citations.
Attorney Walker contacted the officer on the case who agreed to resolve
the citations while preserving the Defendant's clean criminal record.
Upon learning that the Defendant completed Attorney Walker's pre-trial
program, the officer agreed to dismiss the citations and the Defendant
walked away with his clean record intact.
Commonwealth v. C.L.
CHARGES: Summary Harassment.
RESULT: Suspended Sentence for 90 days (charges dropped after 90 days of separation).
The Defendant was charged with
summary harassment after unknowingly being entangled in a relationship with a young man whom
was already committed to another woman. The man claimed he was divorced
but he was actually only estranged from his wife while dating the Defendant.
The Defendant eventually found out about the relationship status and broke
it off with the man. The man's wife eventually became aware of the
Defendant as the "other woman" and several verbal confrontations ensued.
The Defendant was caught in the middle and simply wanted to remove herself
from the situation. However, before she was able to do so, the man and
wife reconciled and the wife filed charges claiming the Defendant was
guilty of Harassment.
contacted Attorney Frank Walker for advice on how to handle the charge without reintegrating herself into
the relationship. Attorney Walker agreed to accept the case and begin
to take steps to resolve the matter as quickly and quietly as possible.
Attorney Walker represented the Defendant at the
Preliminary Hearing and negotiated a suspended sentence for 90 days. Meaning, if the two parties
would remain away from each other for 90 days, the charges would be dismissed
without any permanent record, fines or jail time.
Commonwealth v. N.S.
CHARGES: Possession of Narcotics.
RESULT: Guilty plea; 6 months of probation without verdict; no criminal record
if probation successfully completed.
Defendant was arrested and charged with
possession of narcotics after a traffic stop one evening in Downtown Pittsburgh. Defendant faced
maximum penalties, which included jail time, a permanent record and fines.
Defendant was a young man with no criminal history and just beginning
his life with his fiancée. A conviction for the
misdemeanor drug offense would not only cause the Defendant to have a permanent record, but also
called for a mandatory 6 month license suspension.
Defendant contacted Attorney Walker for assistance with the case in hopes
of avoiding jail time and a permanent record. Attorney Walker agreed to
accept the case after reviewing the records and immediately identified
some issues with the traffic stop that would give rise to the filing of a
potential suppression motion.
Attorney Walker contacted the officer prior to the
preliminary hearing in an attempt to resolve the matter without any jail time. Attorney Walker
then met with the officer and the assigned prosecutor at the
preliminary hearing to discuss all possible options for the Defendant. Attorney Walker was
able to negotiate a plea agreement where the Defendant would enter a conditional
guilty plea to the possession of narcotics for 6 months of probation without
verdict. This means, if the Defendant completed 6 months with no additional
arrests, the charge would be dismissed without any record of a conviction.f
Commonwealth v. D.P.
CHARGES: Reckless Driving.
RESULT: Reduced to Disobeying a Traffic Signal; no jail; small fine; no license
Defendant was involved in a road rage incident on route 51 in the brentwood
area. The Defendant was driving a truck and was cut off by another driver
and the two began to ram into each other for about a mile on route 51.
Each driver was charged with
reckless driving. If convicted, both drivers faced possible jail time, mandatory license
suspension and 4 points on their driving record.
Neither the Defendant nor the opposing party wanted to negotiate any of
the charges as emotions were still high at the
Preliminary hearing. Attorney Walker was able to being both parties together with the officer
and explain the possible penalties if either party was found guilty of the
reckless driving offense.
Attorney Walker thereafter negotiated with the officer to have the reckless
driving citation reduced to a 3111 offense, which requires no jail time,
a small fine, no license suspension and no points. The officer objected
but left the decision to the magistrate judge. Attorney Walker successfully
argued to the Magistrate judge at the
Preliminary Hearing to have the more serious crime of reckless driving dismissed and both
drivers entered a guilty plea to the reduced offense of disobeying a traffic signal.
Commonwealth v. J.J.
- Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct
- Tampering with Evidence
- Obstruction of Justice
- Resisting Arrest
- Possession of Narcotics
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
RESULT: Drug treatment program; all charges reduced to summary offenses; Defendant
eligible for expungement after 5 years.
Defendant was charged with
disorderly conduct, tampering with evidence obstruction of justice, resisting arrest,
possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. Essentially, the Defendant was stopped
coming out of a nightclub one evening, searched and found to have possessed
illegal narcotics. Once discovered with narcotics, the Defendant began
to fight with the officers and resist arrest.
contacted Attorney Walker for Defense of his criminal charges. Attorney Walker agreed to accept
the case and immediately suggested seek out a treatment program. Attorney
Walker contacted the officer assigned to the case to attempt a possible
resolution to the case without any jail time.
Attorney Walker met with the prosecutor and the officers at the
preliminary hearing to discuss a resolution. The prosecutor agreed to reduce the charges and
take jail time off the negotiating table. Attorney Walker was thereafter
able to strike a deal for the Defendant to seek treatment and the charges
would be reduced to all
summary offenses and eligible for
expungement after 5 years. The Defendant completed the treatment and the major charges
were reduced to
Commonwealth v. E.G.
CHARGES: Impersonation of a Public Servant / Police Officer.
RESULT: Charge reduced to a Summary Offense; no jail time; eligible for expungement
after 5 years.
Defendant was charged and arrested with impersonating a public servant/police
officer based on the following facts: Defendant was feuding with his live-in
boyfriend one evening. The boyfriend went to a club for drinks. In a jealous
rage, Defendant called the bar pretending to be an officer and requesting
the bartender to remove the boyfriend for official reasons.
The Defendant called the bar a couple of times pretending to be an officer
and the bartender eventually contacted the local police who contacted
the Defendant and confronted him regarding the earlier calls. Upon the
confrontation, Defendant admitted that the calls were pranks and he only
wanted to have his boyfriend leave the bar.
The officer charged the Defendant with
misdemeanor offense of impersonating an officer, a serious offense in the Commonwealth. The
Defendant contacted Attorney Walker who agreed to accept the case. Attorney
Walker contacted the officer to discuss possible resolution without the
Defendant being faced with the
non-expungable misdemeanor offense and possible jail time.
After tense negotiations, Attorney Walker was able to obtain a reduction
in the offense to a
summary offense, no jail time and a small fine. Defendant is eligible for an
expungement after 5 years.
Commonwealth v. D.D.
CHARGES: Public Urination.
RESULT: Dismissed; Defendant eligible for immediate expungement.
Defendant came to Attorney Frank Walker after being charged with
Public Urination. Defendant thought of just entering a guilty plea and paying the fine
until he was made aware of the potential penalties: permanent record,
maximum fines and not being eligible for
expungement until five (5) years following the conviction. Additionally, the Defendant
was an employee of a financial Company with plans of becoming a licensed
financial planner and any conviction forpublic urination would make it extremely difficult to sit for any licensing exam.
Attorney Walker accepted the case and discussed with the Defendant the
pre-trial requirements. The Defendant agreed to comply and attorney Walker
contacted the officer to begin negotiating a resolution without the need
for a conviction.
Attorney Walker represented the Defendant at the
Preliminary Hearing and negotiated aggressively for a dismissal of the citation. The officer
agreed to the dismissal after reviewing the Defendant's pre-trial
proactive approach. The Defendant apologized to the officer and walked
away with a dismissal. Defendant was also immediately eligible for an
expungement of the dismissed offense.
Commonwealth v. J.H.
CHARGES: Public Intoxication; Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct.
RESULT: Charges dismissed; Defendant pursued expungement.
Defendant was arrested for
public intoxication and misdemeanor
disorderly conduct resulting from a night of drinking on the South Side of Pittsburgh. Essentially,
the Defendant went out on the South Side on a Weekend, had a bit too much
to drink and when approached by an officer, mouthed off to the officers.
summary offense of
Disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor offense of the same crime prohibits the Defendant from
expunging the conviction after 5 years.
Defendant contacted Attorney Walker for advice and possible representation at the
Preliminary Hearing. Attorney Walker met with the client, reviewed the facts and agreed to
accept the case. Defendant agreed to complete Attorney Walker's pre-trial
Attorney Walker met with the client, assistant prosecutor and the officer at the
Preliminary hearing to discuss a possible resolution to the case without a conviction on the
Defendant's criminal record. After several lengthy conversations,
Attorney Walker was able to obtain a dismissal of the entire criminal
complaint filed against the Defendant. The Defendant thereafter moved
forward with an
expungement of the dismissed charges to protect his clean record.
Commonwealth v. D.A.
CHARGES: Two charges of Public Intoxication.
RESULT: Both citations dismissed.
Defendant had the unfortunate experience of being twice cited for
public intoxication in a short period of time. Defendant was employed by a company that conducted
periodic background checks of their employees. Defendant was terrified
of being convicted of the offenses due to the possibility of jail time,
fines and the likelihood of losing his employment.
Defendant contacted Attorney Walker who agreed to meet with the Defendant
to discuss the case and the causes of the offenses. After meeting with
the client, Attorney Walker agreed to accept the cases only after receiving
assurances from the client of his compliance with Attorney's pre-trial
Attorney Walker represented the Defendant at the
Preliminary Hearing and negotiated hard with the Police Officer to obtain a Dismissal of the
citations. The officer was initially opposed to a dismissal, but eventually
agreed with the same since the Defendant complied with Attorney Walker's
recommendations, apologized to the Court and the arresting Officer. The
Defendant was able to walk away with a clean record as both citations
Defendant is now seeking to have the dismissals
expunged from his record.
Commonwealth v. G.S.
CHARGES: Misdemeanor Possession of Crack Cocaine.
RESULT: EDP Agreement: 6 months of probation, no verdict, no jail time, no conviction
on Defendant's record.
Defendant was arrested for
possession of crack cocaine and sought out Attorney Walker for Criminal Defense at his upcoming
Preliminary Hearing. Defendant had never been arrested prior to this offense and had just
started a government job that required periodic background checks. If
convicted of the
misdemeanor offense, Defendant, who was the sole provider of his household, was facing maximum
penalties that included jail time and hefty fines. Most importantly, the
Defendant would lost his recently obtained employment.
Attorney Walker agreed to accept the case and immediately contacted the
officer assigned to the case in an attempt to resolve the case. The officer
was willing to resolve the matter short of a hearing but left such discretion
to the prosecutor assigned to the case. After discussions with the Prosecutor,
Attorney Walker was able to negotiate an
EDP resolution for the Defendant.
EDP agreement reached included 6 months of non-reporting probation without verdict,
zero jail time and the Defendant was able to maintain his employment since
the conviction would not appear on his record.